More often than not, photos or visuals presentations in our hotel’s banners, flyers or promotional items, are presented in such exquisite ways.
Be it for weddings, holiday promotions, parties or even formal courtesy calls, our team of photographers are ready to snap and record every memorable moment.
Our hotel photographers, Ivan Tan and Ahmad Faizi b Ahmad Zamani carry with them extensive skills and experiences in photography and videography.
From panoramic view to 360-degree technique, from on the ground photos to drone images, be it black and white, high speed or motion blur, our shutterbugs apply concepts like most famous photographers and videographers use.
With more than 10 years of experience in presenting Sutera Harbour Resort to the world through his lens, Ivan began his path to photography in 1999 as indoor and outdoor wedding photographer in Singapore before becoming a printed media photographer upon returning home.
His passion led him to become Borneo Post’s official photographer during the Miss Sabah / Malaysia for 2001 and 2004. During the 2004 Shell Press Awards, he was bestowed Silver Award for an outstanding piece he did for the same local paper.
‘I don’t have any special technique when taking photos. I apply techniques depending on the situation. Whatever technique that could help solve any problem during any photoshoot session, I will apply it,’ he said during a light moment.
‘My favourite lens would be a 35mm f/1.2 cause it’s expensive and I can’t afford it,’ he said jokingly then added ‘Actually depending on what occasion. I prefer using something with F2.8 and below A.K.A fast lens. For now, M42 lens mount. It’s cheap but produces good quality images and fits any camera with proper lens adaptor.’
Asked what his preferred setting when in the field, he opted for manual mode as this specific method gives better control of the overall ambience and lighting condition.
His inspiration comes from beautiful visual presentations of common photographers particularly those who use basic equipment.
‘It’s just the way these photos are presented as if they are taken by seasoned shutterbugs with expensive gears. Not everyone has that natural knack and that is impressive,’ Ivan said.
‘A picture tells a thousand words. A cliché, yes, but I truly believe that a good photo stands out by being able to express emotions to its audience. A photo that tells a story,’ he added.
Faizi has been the assistant hotel photographer cum videographer for Sutera Harbour Resort for the past 8 years.
His duties include assisting the hotel’s photographer in photo-taking sessions as well as for the hotel’s promotional videos.
Hailing from the quaint town of Ipoh, Perak, Faizi’s journey to videography started when he was still a college student.
‘Basically video making started off as my hobby. I enjoy making short films. Photography came later. I used to make videos for my college mates. Mainly of their co-curricular activities and my passion also led me to meeting my wife,’ he said in a jest.
Prior to his permanent move to Sabah, Faizi worked for 4 years in a production house in Petaling Jaya, Selangor as production manager cum offline video editor. Towards the second year of his tenure, he started making corporate videos. He also assisted in various types of events.
After getting married in 2009, he worked as a wedding photographer in a local bridal centre.
‘My experience as a wedding photographer exposed me to photography. I learned by experience and also by studying more on the techniques of photo-taking,’ he reiterated.
‘I started my career here in Sutera Harbour Resort as an event coordinator before being transferred to the Marketing Communications Department also as a coordinator,’ he said.
Later Faizi was given the task to assist the hotel’s photographer and also in the making of promo videos for the hotel.
‘Since my work centres mainly on the hotel promotional aspects, I use corporate style video making technique. Corporate style basically means the products are straightforward and simple but elegantly presented,’ he said.
Faizi’s work also focuses on promotional videos for other departments across the hotel namely the Food and Beverage Department, Sales and Marketing Department as well as for security purposes.
For two consecutive years, 2016 and 2017, his masterpieces were chosen as Sabah Tourism Board’s Best 20 Photos and Videos of the Year.
One of his photos was even featured in the Sabah Tourism Board’s calendar for 2018.
In the field, he uses Phantom 4 pro for aerial shooting and DSLR canon 60D/6D for ground photography. He said his favourite lens is 50mm because it give detailed and sharper image captures. His setting for video taking mostly is full HD 1080x1044.
Having people appreciate and being elated with his work inspires Faizi to do more in this industry. “Seeing the smiles on their faces while watching a video I made for them, really makes my day,” he added.
And these are the word from the geniuses behind Sutera Harbour Resort’s visual wonders.