We are photographers | Shavonne Wong
As the saying goes, ‘The grass is always greener on the other side’. Shavonne Wong was set to further her studies in 3D animation upon graduating with a Diploma with Merit. Having discovered her love for photography, she fell in love with the magic and ability of the camera to capture beautiful images. Ever since then, Shavonne never looked back.
What is your story?
I have always been the artsy type since young but I never really knew exactly what I wanted to major in, so I dabbled with many art forms like drawing, digital art and later on 3D animation in polytechnic. I only picked up photography after graduation as a hobby. Slowly, one thing led to another and I fell in love with fashion photography. Although I was supposed to further my studies in 3D animation, I decided to give photography a go instead and have never looked back since.
How long have you been doing photography?
I picked up photography in January 2010 and only really started getting jobs professionally in January 2011.
To be a good and qualified photographer, does one need a professional certificate or academic study?
I don’t think a certificate is necessary. Photography is a lot about vision and vision is something that is personal. A paper qualification means nothing if the clients do not like what is in your portfolio. However, the technical side of photography can be rather tricky so if one does not go to school, one should at least assist or have a mentor to learn the basics from in order to have a good foundation.
What is your area of specialization in photography
The reason why I came into photography is fashion. Fashion photography is the only genre (other than fine arts) that really allows me to create beautiful whimsical pictures without needing to adhere to what is real and logical. It allows me to use my imagination and experiment.
Is winning awards important?
I don’t think it is very important however it is definitely useful. The extra exposure can provide one with more jobs and also reassure clients that you have a certain quality and standard to your work.
What inspires you?
For me, inspiration is everywhere. You just have to open your eyes wide enough to see. After all, the world that we live in is pretty interesting.
Is there a stigma?
Everybody seems to think that the fashion industry is very superficial, which is true to a certain extent.
Which is more important; skills, talent or the camera?
It is definitely skill. The greatest camera can only bring you so far, but to be different and creative; that will bring you to a place where no one else has been.
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