Nadzirah Aqilah UTM convocation graduation senior portrait photography by iQaeds Photography

Graduation and convocation portraits


I have created a special section for convocation and graduation pictures that I have photographed recently. Do enjoy them!. Contact me for booking of pre-graduation session or convocation day photography.


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Fateha’s engagement

Back in April, I was given the opportunity to capture someone’s special to me who is having her engagement ceremony.

Shot most of the pictures with my now trusty Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM lens. Can’t imagine what I would do photographing without this lens. I think more primes coming up in my bag after this.

Please enjoy the rest of my selection!

Maybank Malaysian Open 2014

MMO2014 - featured image templateIt has been a while since my first live golf tournament at the 2010 Sime Darby LGPA at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Seeing Michelle Wie and Hee Young-park for the first time was unforgettable! So, last weekend, I packed light with only my battered EOS 5D and cheap grip, my EF70-200 2.8 (no strobe!) and Sirui Carbon Monopod and headed to the 2014 Maybank Malaysian Open at KLGCC in Bukit Kiara.

It was cloudy by the time I arrived and only about four matches left before their tee off time of the final round of the European Tour and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event. I managed to capture South African Louis Oosthuizen while practicing his putt. Excitement was probably overrated at the time as I snap some shots of him and including few other stars the like of Tom Lewis (ENG), Nicolas ‘Bomber’ Colsaerts (BEL) and the one everyone was waiting for, overnight leader Englishman Lee Westwood.


An avid golfer myself, this time I was prepared and have some idea what kind of shots I wanted to get. I was probably under-equipped given the circumstances but was very much happy with the shots that I could get. I was desperate to get the shots of player teeing off but would not risk of getting kicked out of the course with my rather short zoom.

I walked with the final group for a few holes before doubling back to the 10th to avoid the 5th where Pablo Larrazabal was stung by 20 hornets the previous day. I hung around the scenic 14th green watching Thaworn Wiratchant duffing his 2nd shot from the rough into the water and also seeing Francesco Molinari getting jeered at for not holing his putt (I get the not holing putt part but not the jeering *sigh*).

Lone figure Romain Wattel of France after his 3rd to the 18th as the rain pours. His caddy kinda borrowed my freebie Maybank umbrella as they didn't have any (I didn't get it back Mr Wattel!)

Lone figure Romain Wattel of France after his 3rd to the 18th as the rain pours. His caddy kinda borrowed my freebie Maybank umbrella as they didn’t have any (I didn’t get it back Mr Wattel!)

As the storm closing in, I hung out at the Public Deck between the 15th and 18th fairway and manage to see some great approaches  at both 16th and 18th. And also my first witnessing live tournament shank shot by Malaysian amateur Gavin Green, with his ball severely sitting on downhill slope and sinking under the rough. Poor guy but he survived with final score of +1 for the tournament. Not too bad for an Amateur. Not too shabby at all.

Robert-Jan Derksen (NED) as he received ruling from marshal as he could not find approach to the 18th green from the 15th fairway. Now I know what to do if I slice my drive to the right!

Robert-Jan Derksen (NED) as he received ruling from marshal for a drop after could not finding approach to the 18th green from the 16th fairway due to obstruction. Now I know what to do if I slice my drive to the right!

And also watching Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen searching for his ball on the 16th fairwary after what seems like his second shot heading right from the 18th fairway. I suppose that happens to all golfers and I felt more confident when hitting the tracks in coming weeks 😉

I managed  a shot of Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal as he happily strolls the 16th fairway. Given his experience during 5th hole of previous round being stung by 20 hornets he looks okay as he continue the stretch.

As play was suspended for 4 hours due to threat of lightning, I could not bear sitting for 2 hours and occasionally dozing/snoring off at the clubhouse so I dragged my weary butt back home comfortably on a Jaguar F-Type…all the way to the parking lot to my Ferrari Myvi hehehe (thank you for the hospitality to whomever responsible for the Jaguar ride!). Although I missed the good part of Westwood trumping the final 7 holes but I took quite a bit from my experience that day. Next time I will be better prepared and get the shots of my favorite players. Till next time, Sime Darby LPGA and CIMB Classic 2014 next! And not to forget hats off to Westwood for another win.

p/s: I still get to watch the final 7 holes at the comfort of my sofa courtesy of Golf Channel. Bless you GC for showing the delayed telecast later that day, bless you.

Tudungs Galore in Makeshift Studio

Since the last post, I have played around with some flashgun setup that featured image-QChan tudungs portrait makeshift studiocan used as our makeshift studio at home.

With some umbrella and softbox we continued making some more images of Qchan and her tudungs that she makes herself. Lately she has been making quite few good looking ones and I decided to photograph Qchan modelling them. As always, Qchan is more than up for it.

We experimented with one Canon 580Ex as key light and use the white umbrella as reflector instead of shoot thru setup. For some reason, Qchan prefers the natural shadow falloff  instead of bright white background. So we got the same light setup as the last shoot.

Qchan made quite a number of tudungs so she took turn styling them all.

Due to the small flash low output, I limit the shots to only headshot. Besides, we were focusing on displaying the tudungs so I guess its ok.

If you noticed, some of the shots have different skin tones. This is because in some of the shots, I placed a silver reflector and that made Qchan looked a little fairer.

Do you like the shots? Please leave comments below!

Qchan’s Portraits in Makeshift Studio

In previous post, myself and Qchan went to the lake nearbyfeatured image-QChan portrait makeshift studio
our place for a quick senior portrait session.

I wanted to test my newly acquired remote flash trigger, the Yong Nuo YN622c during the session but being new piece of equipment and lacking usage time with it, I could not get it to work when I wanted it to. All the eTTL flash fired were overexposed and I knew something was wrong but I had no time to troubleshoot due to the fast fading sunset.

But as soon as we lost the last ray of golden light, I tried seating the trigger unit to seat and its locking ring tighten properly. It turns out, the unit on my camera hotshoe was not seated properly and with a slight push and a satisfying *Click* , I fired a quick shot and the flash exposed properly.

Once we got home, I quickly set-up the one light that I have, a Canon 580EX with a shoot thru umbrella on a lightstand and the YN622c as remote receiver. One light is all I have and these are the results. And all these done in our living room.

iqaeds-photography-portrait-studio-offcamera-lighting-15Being just one light and shoot thru umbrella, the result is pretty dramatic, with the grey falloff background and the high contrast ratio. The light ratio is certainly not flattering like those glamor fashion shots but with some of Qchan’s poses, it just worked for us.

Depending on how the light hit Qchan’s face, the portrait could be somewhat moody or cheerful at times. Since there’s no modelling light, I can only chimp my result on screen to see if it works.


My favorite shot of the session!

Once we had tried with the shoot thru umbrella, I played around with the setup a bit and adjusted to have the light bouncing off the umbrella instead. This brought out a more bigger swath of light, at the expense of flash juice of course and slow recycling time but gave a more flattering look to the shot ( with the help of little retouching here and there too in Adobe Lightroom).


Light bouncing off white umbrella. The background is slightly brighter too from the bouncing light from our white ceiling.

From there, I fooled around in Adobe Photoshop and got the below;

Qila-Teen Vogue copy

For the record Teen Vogue, this is just messing around and not for real

Interesting when we get the flash off the camera eh? Hope you like the shots!


Q-Chan – Senior Portrait at Lake Garden

featured image-QChan-senior portrait lake garden

I consider myself lucky for having a sister that’s willing to become my model/lab rat/muse/assistant etc when it comes to anything photography. Q-chan has always been such a sport when it comes to taking photos, so this session was done just to have fun and have a go at senior photography.

For those unsure what senior photography is, it is a genre popular in the United States where portrait photographs of graduating high school or college students are taken to mark a significant turning point in their life. Usually its a half day session, with props or costumes, depending on the preference of both client and photographer however sometime with just a good background, lovely ambient light and going crazy by both sides are just what it takes for good senior photography session.

Although Q-Chan isn’t graduating from uni yet but we’re just giving it a go after weeks of gloomy rainy evenings. Originally, I wanted to test my newly acquired remote flash trigger, the Yong Nuo YN622c. However I could not get it to work by the time we got to the lake so natural light is all I have. Given the setting sun, it wasn’t too bad though.

These are some of the images made on that evening, all shot on Canon EOS 5D and EF 70-200 f2.8;

And thanks to Q-Chan’s friend, Anis for coming that evening and being such a sport to be shot in this frame!


And by the way, I managed to get the Yong Nuo YN622c to work right after we lost the last of the golden afternoon light. So, to further test the triggers, we continued the session at home afterwards and that will be in next post!



Best of – portraiture photography

Photographing people has been one of my favorite genre for a while now. If I am not photographing an event a la reportage style, I love having portraits photo session with my clients, going through the fun of planning for shots, choosing location and just simply letting loose during the session.

I love photographing with natural lights at beautiful outdoorsy locations in Klang Valley and its surrounding sites.

If you have a favorite location that you want your portraits taken be it solo or with your loved ones, hit the Contact page and keep in touch!