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Sunday, 27-Jan-2008 04:47 Email | Share | Bookmark
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We’re almost reaching the end of January 2008. Phew! Time does fly isn't it! I still remember when i was in form one up north in Perak, school holidays is the most awaited time of the year. Being in a residential school, we were given train concession tickets and these trips back home will always felt like forever. Amusingly, without you realizing it, the school holidays are over and back on the train you’ll be, heading back to school. It’s really startling when you don’t feel the time passes by when you enjoy something that you do and feel totally opposite when you’re in a mess. 2007 I might say is a good mix of both. Hehehe

When I started doing wedding photography, I was just looking for doing something that I enjoy and earning extra pocket money in the process . I sold off my prosumer digital camera, Minolta Dimage 7 ( back in 2003-4, it was one of the most revolutionary digital camera.. heheh ) and bought a Nikon D70, hoping to jump on the bandwagon of wedding photography. I came to know about Dennis Reggie’s style of photojournalism and quickly fallen in love with his style. A true inspiration he was, and thanks to the God Almighty, I landed my first high profile job that suddenly made my name quite well known ( rasanya kot... ). It was the wedding of Aidid Marcello & Norzie Pak Wan Chek . Owed them my career!

After the wedding, people started to know me as Azminnur. Hahaha. Its not even my real name! I actually combined my name; Azmin & my wife’s, NURzaida hence the Azminnur. But till today, people still knows me as Azminnur. Oh well.. at LEAST they know or heard about me. Ke ke ke…

As business getting better, alhamdulillah money is not my priority anymore ( but still very very important to us! ). But it was more towards the prosperity of the business yang baru setahun jagung. Starting from a room next to my bedroom, then moved to an apartment opposite to my apartment and now, we’re based in a double-storey house in USJ 9. Not quite yet a big achievement that I can be proud of but we are working towards a greater height.

I did a lot of thinking when I was about to resign from UPM as an Industrial Design tutor. At last, between a job’s stability and satisfaction that I had to choose, I chose the latter. It was in June 2006 when finally I tendered my resignation and since then, I never looked back again. Hehehe.. Having a family to take care of and a baby under way, it was a big and tough decision for me to make.

I chose the name Pretty Peektures to replace Azminnur Photography because I would like all the images for my clients to be very very pretty and most importantly, the pics shall be taken without the client realizing it, hence the ‘peek’. We're not the type of photographers who dictates the actions of the bride & groom and we absolutely do not ask our clients or our clients & their friends to do "sekarang semua buat candid!!!" or "freestyle semua!!!". . candids should be candids. pull stop.

A client of mine recently asked me whose wedding that we have done; making us qualified to be one of the photographers they should consider when it comes to selecting one for their big day. She asked, who are the VIPs we have covered?

For me personally, each time I pack my gear and head towards a wedding, I would set in my mind that they are indeed VIPs. After all, we call them Raja Sehari right? As it is a once in a lifetime event, I know the importance of the event and they should be treated as a VVVIP.

Some of the celebrities that we have covered among others are Aishah Sinclair, Dr Fazley, Noorkhirah, Ida Moin, Siti Nurdiana, Zunar ( cartoonist ), Lah V.E. and this year, there will be a few more insyaallah joining our Wall of Fame . We covered weddings week in, week out, with their guests ranging from cabinet ministers to Sultans. And with the experience we have, Insyaallah it wouldn’t be a problem for us to cover any weddings regardless of the scale.

This 2008, Pretty Peektures shall embark on a new journey, diversifying into several areas. We have identified event photography, modern portraiture, bridal make-up and kids photography and in each of these areas, we would like to start carving our name. Just watch out for announcements on this fotopages ok! Soon Pretty Peektures will have four new family members! Huray!

It is my hope 2008 will be an excellent year for Pretty Peektures and manage to achieve many things that we have planned. Should you have any comments, ideas or suggestions, please feel free to forward them to azmin(at)prettypeektures.com or Yahoo ID : mrikan ok!

Last but not least, millions & millions & millions thank you to my dearest wife, Effa for all the support she has given me throughout the years! Thanks Yang!

And oh.. I'm surely hope this year time would fly too.. and fast! +

+ cheers! +

+ m i n +
creative director / lead photographer




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