First Impression Last

May 9th, 2013 | Portraits

I have a lot of professionals, young and old, telling me they want a great picture that portray them as a professional. “But where do we go? Who can help us?” they ask. If I am listening correctly, it is a loaded question. It doesn’t feel quite for a director, VP or CEO to walk into a bridal studio for their professional headshot. Imagine walking pass rows and rows of white gowns and taking photos in a studio that’s purposed built for twenty-something love birds. The only other alternative is go somewhere where passports photos are taken. But have you seen how they are done these days?

Professionals don’t want a run-of-the-mill solution. The traditional options may not be the best fit to the needs of the professionals. They want to be served in a dignify and professional manner, and walking away with photographs that present them professionally. Photographing twenty-somethings and photographing corporate require vastly different approaches and people skills. Contemporary professionals do not want to be seen as arrogant, stuffy and boring. They crave the image of confident–not cocky–and approachable leader. I’ve been mauling for a solution and I think I might have found one.

I have been photographing headshots for a couple of months now. As the name suggest, a headshot is a picture of your face usually cropping off at the shoulders. A headshot focuses on you and your personality, not your body, outfits, timepieces, jewelries.

My rule for professional headshot is simple:

#1 No Double Chin
#2 Portray confidence
#3 Portray friendliness

“One chin per person” has always been our motto. I cringed seeing many of the photos used during the campaign of the General Election. The lighting was flat, the posing stiff, the expression tentative, and double & triple chins were for all to see. Is this the best way to present everyone?

I admit photographing people is very challenging. My subjects are fine when we chat, yet the moment I lift up my camera, they froze like deers staring at the headlights of an oncoming freight truck! They start to talking to themselves, “Am I looking stupid? Will my double chin show? Will he lose his patience like the other photographer did? Oh I hope my crooked teeth does not show.” Notice how badly we judge and beat up ourselves when we stand in front of a camera? Can we understand how much letting go of control to a stranger freaks people out?

So my job as a photographer is more than merely posing people, getting the lighting correct, but more importantly helping my subjects to forget they are in a shoot and coaxing them to consciously and unconsciously cede control so I can take great care of them and create amazing pictures for them. It is a complex and challenging job, one that I enjoy immensely and very good at.

Tomorrow, I am photographing professional headshots for FREE at PIHex. Anyone can walk into our photography set and get a free shot. I will spend 10-15 minutes with each person so you can experience what is like to be photographed professionally. Most of you do not have a better picture than the one I will create for you tomorrow, I am confident. Most importantly, you will walk away with spring in your feet and a kick ass photo for your FB page.

See you tomorrow:
9 May
PIHex, Sabah Trade Center (Likas)

Pls wear office/formal attire


Louis Pang, Headshots, Kota KInabalu, Portrait, Studio,

Louis Pang, Headshots, Kota KInabalu, Portrait, Studio,

Louis Pang, Headshots, Kota KInabalu, Portrait, Studio,

Louis Pang, Headshots, Kota KInabalu, Portrait, Studio,

Louis Pang, Headshots, Kota KInabalu, Portrait, Studio,

RM100,000 Giveaway

May 2nd, 2013 | Portraits

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We are giving away RM100,000 worth of prizes to EVERY home buyer at PIHex next weekend (May 10-12) at Sabah Trade Center. Yes EVERYONE who buys a property or home during the event will get a voucher from our studio. You’ll get a RM1380 voucher if the property is worth above RM500,000 or a RM800 voucher if the property is worth below RM500,000.

Every home buyer is a winner at PIHex. Seriously, this is the biggest giveaway we’ve ever taken part in.

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Free Portraits for Mums on Mother’s Day

April 26th, 2013 | Portraits

Mother’s Day is just slight over two weeks away! Hopefully we don’t forget that with all the hoopla with the General Election. We have lined up an amazing event during Mother’s Day for all the mothers in Kota Kinabalu. Very likely, we are the only place you can truly a free gift for your mum with NO STRING ATTACHED. Here are the details:

May 11 & 12 (Saturday & Sunday),
12pm-6pm at PIHex,
Sabah Trade Center.

Due to popular response, expect long queues. We ask for you to be patient and gracious.

FREE Mother’s Day Portrait Session terms & conditions:
• We will ONLY take a picture if there is at least 1 mother in front of the camera
• 1 framed photo per group
• Each person is limited to 1 photo shoot this weekend
• NO tickets required. We operate on first-come-first-served basis.
• very limited quality of VIP Access cards will be given out. Watch out for our announcement on Facebook.
• VIP Access card is valid ONLY during its designated time

So here are the goodies:
• FREE portrait session for mums*
• FREE framed photo (size: 18cm x 13cm) for mums*
• Up to 40% off regular priced items if you wanna sign up a package
*mums & her loved ones.

The best Mum’s Day gift in Sabah is not only FREE, it’s PRICELESS.

Vote Buying Scandal?

April 25th, 2013 | Personal, Weddings

Since election campaign started last week, my phone has been buzzing with messages from concerned friends and clients. “Louis, was your office used by someone for vote buying?” They sent me the link to a video that allegedly recorded this illegal activity. This video had gone viral with 3600 shares on Facebook which is great for anti-vote buying awareness but not so good for us who were inadvertently implicated in this scandal.

The location where the allegedly suspicious activity happened was our former office. We moved out a year ago but we left the large sized poster on the glass panels and our signage on the door. We should have known better.

We relocated to a larger unit in the same building and have NOTHING to do with whatever that was going on in the video. However we really appreciate your concern and messages. We are touch by how much some of your care. Here is a shot of our new studio. If you have not dropped by, please do and give me a tinkle before you head over.

Louis Pang Studio, Louis Pang

Lost & Found

March 22nd, 2013 | Personal

When you lose something, drop a wallet, forget a package in a taxi, or in my case leave behind my beloved iPad in the front pocket of the passenger seat, you just don’t expect to see it again. The good old days of honesty and sincere customer service is as scarce as dinosaur sightings, so I thought.

Louis Pang's iPad

We were on our way to 36-hour journey to Washington DC. Woke up at 3:30am to start a marathon air travel that took us from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, LA and finally Washington DC. I only realized the iPad was missing when I boarded the Tokyo/LA-bound flight. It wasn’t the hardware that concerned me most but the personal info & Amazon shopping account. Imagine someone racking up thousands of dollars of shopping bill at Amazon! As I sat in my seat, I said a short prayer. It was outside of my control. I can let this ruin the rest of the trip or I surrender this to God and Malaysia Airlines crew.

Flight stewardess Nget Swee was like an angel to me. Calm, assuring and proactive she took down my details and contacted the ground staff at Narita Aiport, Tokyo so they could attend to me during the 90-minute layover. As I disembarked the aerobridge, an earnest Japanese MAS staff greeted me and attended to me. Ten minutes later, this gentleman informed me there had not been any sighting of an iPad. He filed a report on my behalf. I wasn’t optimistic.

When we arrived LAX 12 hours later, we followed up with Darryl Stripsky from MAS baggage service at LAX. “We have a good record of recovering lost items. Hopefully yours will turn up,” said Darryl. There was no guarantee of course. He made a follow up report immediately and within hours, he contacted me for more details of my flight itinerary and the details of my missing iPad. Two days later, MAS Lost & Found office at KLIA contacted me to drop by the office when I return from USA. They located a unit of iPad that fits my description.

Long story short, 17 days after I left behind the iPad in an aircraft, I was reunited with it. Once it was lost, now it is found. I kissed and hugged it.

I am so glad to be proven wrong with my skepticism and lack of faith in the decency of humanity. I am much quicker to judge and denounce than I am to praise and compliment. To all the doomsayers of our national airline, I have encountered only professionalism, care and kindness in this incident. Traditional values of honesty & integrity is well and alive in MAS. I only wish I could personally thank the airline’s security personnel who located the iPad and reported it to the Lost & Found.

Louis Pang's iPad