26 Feb 2018200 Best Ad Photographers 2018/19 Our proud rep moment READ MORE
8 Feb 2018Welcoming Yang Tan Commercial Photographer READ MORE
Having studied photography in School of Visual Arts, New York City, Yang then settled himself in the concrete jungle for 12 years. Now Shanghai is Yang’s main base, shooting primarily lifestyle, fashion and portraiture.
Yang believes in the art of subtlety and finds beauty in the understated. This then inspires the colour palette that he uses in most of his images, creating a distinctive look, setting him apart from the rest.
4 Dec 2017EVERYTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY Just what do a stylish grandma, fearless child, and urban farm have in common? READ MORE
Part of BBH’s recent brand campaign for UOB involved shooting three very different scenarios for print. This time, it was up to Chris Sisarich, our NZ-based photographer, to bring out the best in the talents, as well as the essence of the brand.
(Coincidentally enough, Chris has always admired and wanted to work with UOB, so he was stoked when this job came along!)
For this campaign, Chris didn’t want to shoot a series that was full of in-focus, high-definition shots. Instead, he wanted to create images that felt somewhat ‘found’ – more film and editorial-like. And getting that look and feel relied on many things falling into place – location, lighting, talent, set design, wardrobe, and a tight production team. Just one element out of place could potentially compromise the whole campaign. But it all worked out in the end, thanks to Priscilla and Chunyi, the dynamic duo who spent hours researching perfect locations.
Separately, each of the three scenarios also came with its own set of challenges, but as we realised after the shoot – because hindsight is always 20/20 – that all these made the shoot and the resultant images all the more rewarding!
The Stylish Septuagenarian
Groovy grandmas are hard to find. True story. Just imagine your own grandma rocking an outfit that would look just as great on a woman a third of her age (or less) along Orchard Road, with accessories and mirrored sunglasses that a 20-something would be eyeing at the shops, as well as heels that most people her age wouldn’t be caught dead in for fear of breaking a bone (or two). Next, try pointing us in the direction of one in Singapore. Long story short, we hunted for our sassy grandma from Singapore to Thailand, and eventually found her in Hong Kong.
The Confident Child
Children are notoriously difficult to work with. Especially when they have to ‘perform’ in front of a large audience. But our chosen talent wasn’t the challenge this time. In fact, she was a real trooper who absolutely killed it! She aced the delivery of a ‘seminar’ to a bunch of adults, us included, and to be honest, taught us a thing or two in those few hours.
This time, the biggest obstacle was actually finding an auditorium to shoot in. We couldn’t get one where we could recreate the intended scale, but managed to work everything out with a little camera and post-production trickery.
The Unique Rooftop Urban Farm
Despite our reputation as a concrete jungle, rooftop gardens/urban farms are actually more widespread in Singapore than we thought. Unfortunately, finding the right one wasn’t that easy. ‘Too messy’, ‘no view’, ‘bad light’, ‘too small and tight’ were just some of the stumbling blocks.
Then just as we thought we’d found the right one, we were told the day before the shoot that we couldn’t use the space! In the end, we had to convert an empty car park into a makeshift urban farm, and on top of that, contend with fast-approaching rain clouds, wilting plants, and the setting sun. But Chris being Chris, nailed the shoot quickly and just in time, too – before it started pouring!
Overall, this was a shoot that required a lot of well-thought-out planning, and extra attention to detail. But in the end, despite all the hiccups and obstacles that we faced from the time we were awarded the job to the actual shoot day, we pulled it off. Everything just fell into place when they needed to, and we had a really fun shoot (and pictures to show for it too)!
Check out some of the behind-the-scene shots below:
31 Oct 2017Picturing the ride that works for you Getting around and about in the land of smiles READ MORE
Uber is no stranger to FBF. Having embarked on multiple projects together, we think it’s time to take a trip together and nowhere better than the land of smiles!
Who we kidding! Although it wasn’t for a holiday, it was a project just as exciting. For the first time, our jet-setting Director/Photographer, Chris Sisarich, together with our own regionally renown talent, Kevin Yang, are both together on the same project.
We navigated through the bustling city of Bangkok just like a born and bred local. Once on the ground we went straight to our respective recce, preps and checks. Chris was prowling the equipment houses for his HMI’s, whilst Kevin was sorting out angles and locations for his 1000+ images for Uber’s stock library.
While Chris is no foreigner to Bangkok, his experiences are however always one of a kind. Being the daredevil he is, he’s always keen to try something new and usually, we never tell him what he signed up for. Likewise, working on a shoot in Bangkok is always a thrill. From dealing with the curiosity of onlookers to using a generator truck on set for production support, we always wrap with a story to tell.
As for Kevin, the excitement of shooting in a highly secured area like the airport never gets old. Although he has shot for Changi Airport Group previously, shooting at Suvarnabhumi Airport is a totally different ball game. Being the fourth busiest airport in Asia, traffic control was the biggest but most rewarding challenge we overcame. But that would not have been possible if not for the help of our local production crew who managed to colloquially “shoo” inquisitive passer-bys. Currently, Kevin’s stock library images for Uber have yet to be released to the public.
Though it was a jam-packed work week in party central, Team Chris and Team Kevin still enjoyed themselves, soaking in the opportunity to work alongside with each other and the chance to meet new people in the beautiful city of Bangkok.
26 Oct 2017The Right Spot for the Right Sports Getting down and dirty with the real social network READ MORE
It isn’t often that our photographers get to be flies on the wall instead of taking centre stage. But when the opportunity arises, and takes you from warehouses and locker rooms, to fluorescent bowling alleys, the Sports School and even a stadium, you know it’s going to be an interesting shoot.
Freeflow Productions, our sister company, was recently commissioned to do a shoot for SingTel and the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth about ‘The Real Social Network’. Kevin Yang, a keen sportsman himself, was tasked to take stills during the shoot that would subsequently be used for posters and other static collaterals.
This meant that Kevin and the production crew would be on set, shooting while scenes were being filmed, and also waiting for the right moment – during set changes, to be specific – to pounce on the talents and grab them for a few shots before they were whisked off for another scene.
For this campaign, Kevin went to great lengths to get the shots he wanted, and in the process, a good workout too. The keen sportsman climbed ladders, crouched in tiny spaces, and literally got down and dirty with the rugby girls on an extremely muddy field, all in the name of art. And as you can tell from the final result, it was definitely worth it.
We were really stoked to be working with the Freeflow guys on this shoot. As they say, there is no ‘i’ in ‘team’, and we couldn’t have pulled this successful gig off without a great team effort on everyone’s part.
Check out the end result of Kevin’s shoot below, and as a bonus, the video done by Freeflow! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFp9v76DxBY
10 Oct 2017Ciao! Francesco Ridolfi Portraiture and Fine Art Photographer READ MORE
Francesco is an Italian photographer who really loves to work with people both in front and behind the camera. Born and raised in Italy, his work has been profoundly influenced by the culture and the beauty of his country. His easygoing and confident personality inspires his subjects, whether they are everyday people, models or personalities.
Francesco’s love for photography goes beyond the superficial as he finds joy in seizing the passing moment in the right form through a well-conceived idea. His award-winning work has been published broadly and exhibited in Milan, London and New York. Till date, Francesco continues to travel around the globe in the tireless search of the perfect picture.
Check out Francesco’s updated profile HERE
8 Sep 2017Welcoming Steven Boniface Still Life Photographer READ MORE
Steven Boniface, affectionately known as Steve, produces unique, captivating scenes, individually designed and curated for campaigns and commissions.
He creates content by capturing still life through a moving object, and takes pride in being involved in all aspects of a great image making – from casting, to lighting design and post production. Steve strives to always be exceptional.
With his work recognised at Cannes, Spikes Asia, Axis and Luerzer’s Archive, Steve finds inspiration in all forms of visual culture and is constantly open to new influences in his work, wherever it may come from.Check out Steve’s updated profile HERE
28 Aug 2017SEEING SINGAPORE IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT Of familiar places and friendly faces Relive the journey with us here
Earlier this year in March, Kevin Yang embarked on his own epic assignment for the Singapore Tourism Board. His task was to create an entire library of street photography images in Singapore. And for a photographer born and bred on this sunny island, this brief was challenging, exhilarating, and of course, rewarding.
The first half of this 35-day long (!!!) assignment took Kevin back to his photography roots. No glitz, no glamour (and most importantly, no assistants) – just his trusty Canon and him against the sights and sounds on the familiar streets of Singapore.
It was a journey of discovery and revelation in more ways than one. Places he often walked past without a second glance were now worth a more in-depth look, as he searched for fleeting moments that bore the essence of our beautiful country. Strangers too, took on a different meaning for him, as people of all races and cultures took centre stage in his photos.
Yet amid all the hustle and bustle of the city, it was ironically a quiet moment with a Hindu priest that left the deepest impression on Kevin.
It is common knowledge that luck, patience, timing and instinct play key roles in deciding if a photographer nails the shot when it comes to street photography. And it was the perfect combination of all these elements that helped Kevin get the shot featured here.
After randomly shooting a festival at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Kevin was about to call it a day. Then he noticed a priest slowly walking through a doorway flanked by walls featuring intricate carvings and statues of Hindu gods – providing a moment of raw beauty, texture and intensity all at once.
He squeezed the shutter and captured the shot. Mission accomplished, time to pack up… or so he thought. But then he was hit by this feeling that his shot was missing something. So he soldiered on, and was duly rewarded.
Barely a few seconds after firing the previous frame, the clouds cleared, and the skies opened up. A ray of light shone through, and illuminated the priest perfectly. His subject, as if knowing that this was the money shot, barely moved as he carried on lighting the lamps. Kevin squeezed the shutter again, and this time he knew – he’d nailed the shot.
16 Aug 2017Playing Tourist At Home Singapore at it's best Click here to take a digital tour
Client:: Singapore Tourism Board
Photographer :: Daniel Swee
It isn’t often that we get the chance to be a tourist in our own country, so when the opportunity presents itself, we jump at it, obviously! This time, we had Daniel Swee behind the camera as he went on a curated journey to capture Singapore at her best for the Singapore Tourism Board’s image library.
Shoot 99 images in a month? Challenge accepted.
Daniel’s research brought him to places both in the city and off the beaten path. From colonial black and white bungalows with nary a high-rise building in sight, to imposing buildings in our urban concrete jungle, he covered them all. Along the way, he had encounters with people from all walks of life, including local entrepreneurs, and even a shop cat in one instance (Zoozoo at Cat Socrates in Joo Chiat)!
His exciting adventures were not without its local history lessons and culturally diverse moments too, as Daniel’s jaunt also took him to three of Singapore’s oldest religious buildings – Masjid Abdul Gafoor (est. 1910), Kampong Kapor Methodist Church (est. 1930), and Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple (est. 1935).
In his own words: “Photographing these buildings was a wonderful process for an architectural photographer like me, as I connected with these architecturally and culturally significant buildings in a personal way.”
All in all, it was an exciting project for Daniel, thanks to the good people at STB and TBWA and after seeing the photos from this architectural adventure; we’re already looking forward to the next!
2 Aug 2017Introducing Tommy Chan Social Documentary Photographer READ MORE
Presenting our latest addition to our Frame by Frame family, Tommy Chan!
Tommy is a production designer and art director in the feature film and television commercial industry; having worked for Singaporean, American, Australian, German, Hong Kong and Southeast Asian productions in a career spanning over 10 years.
His lifelong passion for capturing intimate and singular moments behind the lens, using a unique cinematic and atmospheric approach, has seen him transition into the photographic trade.
He finds beauty in the everyday mundane, humanity in capturing life and emotions, and the art in reality.
Check out Tommy’s updated profile HERE
21 Jul 2017IT’S ALWAYS MORE FUN DOWN UNDER Uber ANZ Watch our labour of love here.
Client : Uber ANZ
Director : Chris Sisarich
Executive Producer : Kelvin Lee
Producer: Wayne Peter Nerva
Production : Frame by Frame Pictures
Production Support (in Sydney) : Film Construction
Post Production : Freeflow Post
Audio Production : Fuse Adventures in Audio
After coming to Kuala Lumpur for his first film shoot with us for The Intercontinental Hotel Group, it was time for Chris Sisarich, our NZ-based photographer, to play host to us on his own continent as we headed Down Under to sunny Sydney for yet another Uber shoot.
There were a few firsts for this shoot:
- It was the first time Uber was venturing into the realm of comedy. The look and feel of the spot was something Uber had never done before, and we all had no idea how this would fare upon its release.
- It was our first shoot in Sydney. Kudos to Film Construction, our go-to guys for production support in Sydney and Auckland. They came through wonderfully for us and made our jobs much easier, especially since we’d brought a lean, mean and efficient team; our Producer and Executive Producer had to play Art Department at times!
Of course, the shoot was not without its challenges too:
- We had to make sure the talents, backdrop, and even the environment (yes, the trees!) were all native to both Australia and New Zealand. One wrongly identified tree could send our street cred falling faster than you can say TIMBER!
- Post-production was extremely gruelling because we had people working in different parts of the world, in different time zones! For quite a few days, we weren’t sure if it was time to wake up or go to bed, especially when we were holed up in the editing suites!
And the best part of all, we saved till last, of course.
Thanks to an awesome bunch of talents, who gave us an amazing range of expressions and performances to work with (trust us when we say they had us rolling around on the floor in laughter at times), the end product was one that was incredibly well-received in local markets. But don’t just take our word for it.
12 Jul 2017March Macau Madness What happens in Vegas, stays in Macau Click Here to check out images from the Print Campaign
Client : Uber Macau
Director : Gordon Lund
Executive Producer : Kelvin Lee
Project Manager : Gabriel Li
Production : Frame by Frame Pictures
Post Production : Gravitate Singapore
At the end of 2016, we were tasked to take on a regional initiative of producing Uber Driver Partner Welcome films that would take us to a total of nine cities all across Asia. Macau was one of them, and it was a real highlight for us.
Although it was our second time in Macau, it was our first time shooting there with Gordon Lund, our Hong Kong-based photographer – who better to take us around and bring out the beauty of the Las Vegas of Asia?
The excitement of the team was palpable on our flight there, but it reached a new high when we disembarked after the one-hour ferry ride from Hong Kong – as we were immediately entranced by the grandeur of the casinos lining the streets. There we met Gordon, who’s highly sought after by the various casino groups in Macau for marketing campaigns. He was equally excited to show us the other areas where we would be shooting.
It was not till we ventured to the newly developed Cotai Strip that we truly experienced the real extravagance of the place though. The numerous new casinos were huge, and some even featured iconic tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower!
For us, the highlight of this production was the immersing ourselves in the culture like locals, as we worked in beautiful estates and housing areas that featured Portuguese, Chinese, and even Japanese influences – something we would not have seen if we were just there on holiday. Needless to say, we can’t wait to be back in such a gorgeous city full of beautiful people, be it for work or play!
29 Jun 2017Taking Radiance To The Next Level Product Photography with Charles Chua Click through to see more from this series.
Agency:: HUGE INC
Director/Photographer :: Charles Chua
Art Department :: Janice Koh
Have you ever tried shooting a pearlescent bottle? Well, here’s a pearl of wisdom for you – don’t. You might end up questioning your life, your education, and even your very existence before you get started. But you know we’re not the kind to back down from a tough brief, so of course we met the challenge to shoot SK-II’s award-winning product – GenOptics Aura Essence – head on!
Three days in the studio. Lights swinging overhead from all angles. Numerous pairs of hands holding on to those lights. Hands trying hard to hold the lights still while anticipating the perfect moment for release. All for a six-second cinemagraph. (On hindsight, the way we were swinging the lights around, we could’ve put on some disco music and had a party there and then.)
Kudos to Charles Chua, our experienced and extremely technically skilled photographer, for nailing the shoot, which included a Travel Retail Set and a ‘shelfie’ – although he’s traditionally a stills photographer, he rose to the challenge and made sure the shoot went on without a hitch (or no Panic! at the Disco, in this case).
Charles’ work of art can now be viewed on the SK-II website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
19 Jun 2017Welcome Kerry Harrison Lifestyle Photographer READ MORE
It’s with great joy that we officially welcome Kerry Harrison into our stable of Photographers.
Kerry’s work is all about natural moments and stems from a love of documenting people and their lives. Through careful casting and direction, Kerry works to bring out believable and authentic moments from adults, teenagers, kids and even the odd dog here and there.
His commercial images are about a heightened ‘everyday’ where people are attractive but not necessarily beautiful, it can be an infectious smile or a kindness in the eyes that works so well in expressing an emotion.
Kerry has been working with clients such as Airbnb, Adidas, Holiday Inn, Electrolux, Halfords, Boots, Cow & Gate and Nickelodeon whilst constantly focusing on his own personal work.
Working on location with changing conditions and adjusting to the elements is what Kerry does best! Kerry has also recently directed his first feature film ‘We’re here for a good time, not a long time’.
Check out Kerry’s updated profile HERE
13 Jun 2017Standard Chartered Bank x Hong Kong Disneyland Gordon Lund READ MORE
THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE
It isn’t every day that you get to rub shoulders with the likes of R2D2 and Chewbacca. But Gordon Lund, our Hong Kong-based photographer, managed to do just that recently – thanks to the little project we did with TBWA for Standard Chartered Bank in partnership with Hong Kong Disneyland.
After a quick one-week prep, we excitedly packed our bags (not forgetting our Jedi robes) and flew to the land of dim sum, though not on the Millennium Falcon or an X-Wing Starfighter. Unsurprisingly, the commercial flight was as uneventful as it was unexciting.
“In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
As with all theme park shoots, we only had a limited time with R2D2 and Chewbacca, so Gordon wisely prepped our young padawans by channelling his inner Obi-Wan, and got them all excited for the arrival of the characters.
He made them warm up in their robes with their lightsabers, and then taught them the proper defensive stances to guard against the power of the Dark Side. And from the looks of the final product, they did a pretty good job of it too!
There was one new thing we learnt on this shoot though. You know how people always say you should never work with kids if you can help it? As our wise old friend Yoda would say: Do – or do not. There is no try.
(But just for the record, the kids were awesome.)
May the Force be with you.
Client :: Standard Chartered Bank in Partnership with Hong Kong Disneyland
Agency :: TBWA / EG+ Worldwide
Photographer :: Gordon Lund
Senior Producer :: Chan Priscilla
29 May 2017Welcome Eric Chen to the Collective Car and Hospitality Photographer READ MORE
We welcome Eric Chen to the mix, car photography expert and social media guru.
His easy going nature sometimes hides his intense focus when it comes to each shoot. Though relatively young, he has already bagged top tier clients ranging from Samsung, Lexus, Toyota, Volkswagen, Clubmed and Far East Organisation just to name a few. His keen understanding for branding makes him a versatile photographer that has gained the trust of many clients. In addition, he facilitates as a key opinion leader with Sony Camera Division where he tests and gives feedback on their new cameras & products.
Eric’s first step in to imaging was when he entered film school where he majored in the art of cinematography. From there, he found himself fortunate enough to be able to work with some of the top photographers in the region before venturing out and starting his own.
Right now, he is growing his photography business with his trusted partners and colleagues. He has also since amassed an audience on Instagram (@ericchenrr) that follows him on his travels and work.
Check out Eric’s updated profile HERE
21 Apr 2017Introducing Michele Aboud Beauty and Portrait Photographer READ MORE
Frame by Frame Pictures is pleased to introduce a new addition to our collective, Michele Aboud, Beauty and Portrait photography extraordinaire from Australia.
Establishing her presence in editorial and advertising, she has evolved her style in front and behind the camera with the steady hand and vision that experience brings.
Michele thrives on the challenges and opportunities that are presented through photographic and moving images.
Her personal work ranges from street photography in New York to fine art portraiture for exhibition.
Michele is always pursuing new ways to express her creativity and her sitters have included Cate Blanchett, Baz Lurhmann and Hugo Weaving.
Check out Michele’s updated profile HERE
18 Apr 2017HELLO TO 2017! Thanks 2016, you were swell! See the best of our 2016
Considering the fact we’re already in the second quarter of 2017 and only taking stock of what went down in 2016 now, I guess it’s quite obvious we’ve been quite busy. But before we give you the lowdown on our epic 2016, have a look at our biggest project for the first quarter of 2017: a spanking new website
More than just a new look, we also have new faces, new projects, and behind-the-scenes footage to showcase! (Shameless plug: If you’re interested in working with one of our new photographers, drop us a note to find out how you can engage them. Or leave us a comment to tell us what you think of our new look on Facebook / Instagram. And of course, like/follow us for more frequent updates.)
Now that we’ve gotten the most important news of 2017 so far out of the way, let’s take a look at our epic, exciting and (chock-full of) experiences 2016.
VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR
We started our own digital video arm – helmed by our head honcho, Kelvin, and his trusty sidekick, Gabriel. Under their able management, we scored several projects with Uber Singapore, which saw the team travelling a fair bit around Asia.
Here’s a look at two memorable Uber gigs:
- Uber to the Grammys
Never had a red carpet experience? Neither have we. But Uber was sending one lucky rider and a guest to LA for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, so it was up to us to recreate a red carpet scene straight out of Hollywood – just to give Uber riders a taste of what to expect if they won the whole shebang. Check it out here.
Car rides can get a little boring, especially if you’re riding with a stranger. Not when you have some backup singers along for the ride, though. For this gig, we filmed Uber riders in Singapore and Manila who were game enough to sing on camera to score some music swag and an additional chance to win that trip to the Grammys. Long story short, Closer by The Chainsmokers will be seared in our minds for a long time to come. Check it out here.
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE
Our print team had an exciting 2016 too, with three major campaigns for Singapore Airlines taking us to new places and new heights! For one, Chris Sisarich, our photographer from New Zealand, jetted off to the United States to capture the lush, rolling hills of Napa Valley for SQ’s ‘Ultimate A350 Experience’ campaign. We wanted to tag along so we could sample the finest ‘Wine Country’ had to offer, but unfortunately our work schedules kept us here where we could only whine about it. At least we got to go on a mega super-yacht with local boy Kevin Yang for his SIA Non-Stop to San Francisco campaign.
That’s all from us for this round, but we have a whole host of updates about our new photographers, campaigns and more coming your way soon – make sure you like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss out on them!
18 Apr 2017Stay at Intercontinental Hotel Group, on Your Rates We'll get you celebrating Hit this link for the video
New Zealand’s own Chris Sisarich headed all the way up to Kuala Lumpur for this happy little gem. Even the music is going to get you shimmying along with our exuberant talents. Booking a holiday is a great way to chase those Monday blues away.
Client:: Intercontinental Hotel Group
Agency:: Ogilvy and Mather
Director:: Chris Sisarich
Executive Producer:: Kelvin Lee
Producer:: Joel Boh
Music:: Paul Gerring
Offline Post Production:: Lindy Chong, Jowell Tan, Freeflow Post Productions
Online Post Production:: Gravitate
18 Apr 2017Solve Traffic, Together – With Uber Philippines Hit the road with us. See Behind the Scenes
If you’ve ever been to Manila, you’d know that the traffic is a very real problem. In a bid to reduce the number of cars on the road, Uber had introduced a great new way: UberPool! Bringing people from all walks of life together to share a car means one less vehicle clogging up the roads. Good thinking, Uber!
In this project. We were tasked to capture the different people you’ll meet on your rides, both in film and in print! Check it out below. Hit the road with us and see how a professional production house in Singapore did it.
Client :: Uber Manila
Director :: Leo Poloniecki
Exec Producer :: Kelvin Lee
Producer :: Gabriel Li
DOP :: Marco
Stills Photographer :: Chris Sisarich
Supported by Chris Esguerra in Philippines