“This photographer takes soul-stirring portraits of patients and their caregivers”
Interview by SG Magazine
“40 years between photos for couple”
Kelvin LIm’s work for the elderly reviewed in The Straits Times
Reflection by Shiow Mei, courageous victim of breast cancer and counsellor to fellow cancer survivors
“By chance, I was invited to participate in a photo shooting session.
“On the very day, my husband and I turned out at the studio and I rang the doorbell. A middle age gentlemen received us at the doorway and introduced himself as the photographer.
“We were led to a sofa and comfortably seated in the studio just like any other studio that you could image. The photographer was sitting in his director chair across the room.
“We started off with some light conversation before I know I have already engaged into stories recapturing my encounters and life experience with the life threatening disease.
“Through a magical combination of similarities and differences, the photographer open out an unknown which offered us as a couple the opportunity to surface what we have been doing and yet was not talked about.
“I received lots of unconditional acceptance of me and my husband as a couple for who we are and the commitment we have put into each other, to provide the quality life which I wish to have. It helped to reconnect our relationship.
“This very special photographer possesses qualities that a counsellor possesses. He was like a mirror, reflecting back to me. And the differences allow us as couple to see other options and make choices about who we want to be as a couple. We learn to accept the parts of each other we love and the parts of each other that don’t resonate with us. To me it is a valuable learning experience.
“It is true that, by understanding when someone’s life differs from our own, we can learn about ourselves in contrast. That mirror reflection may be hard to take, but a good listener helps us find ways we can change and supports us in that choice.
“Many times we say “good friends enrich our lives”. Now I will add another dimension to it. “People who cares to listen and understand enrich our Lives”
“Thank you Kelvin and Elaine for the wonderful and memorable photographing session.”
… and many happy clients
My husband, Alex, and I had never taken proper studio shots before. When we got married in 1993, we were fresh grads in Perth, totally broke and could not afford fancy photoshoots. I recall flipping through a directory of photographers, making a few phone calls and choosing the cheapest one available.
This time, it was different. After I read a notice my friend forwarded, about Kelvin’s offer to shoot for charity, I checked up on Kelvin’s work. His artistic approach was exactly what I was looking for. What made it even easier to decide to take up Kelvin’s offer was knowing that my money would go to a good cause – to help the tsunami victims in Japan.
So one Sunday in December last year, we spent a delightful afternoon wit Kelvin. He asked if we wanted to play our favourite tunes to set the mood. So with our favourite romantic tunes playing in the background, we went through several clothing changes over a span of three hours.
Kelvin made us feel comfortable. Throughout the session, we were joking and chatting like old friends, and sharing with him significant bits of our lives.
Ballroom dance is a large part of my life, as is aikido to Alex’s. So we incorporated these two elements to the photoshoot. Kelvin managed to include both formal and casual photos, and even something a little sexy and romantic too!
What resulted from that afternoon is a lovely album, our first professionally compiled one, a beautiful keepsake. It was the perfect way to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary!
I never thought that a personal photo session can be so fun and relaxing.
I came to Kelvin’s place without any expectation of what could become, without any preparation or idea of what am I going to do. I just wanted to freeze my 30 years old in a photograph and to have something to look at 10 years or so down the road.
What I experienced was a mind blowingly fun, carefree and uninhibited session which lasted hours and full of laughters. What began as shy smile and awkward moments turned into a transformative session under Kelvin’s cool guidance, and what intended as just a photo session has also became something else beyond the ordinary.
It could be the ambiance of comfort and security, but mainly it’s the trust and encouragement from the lovely Kelvin and Elaine which enabled me to fully expressed the inner feeling and be true to myself. To bare the mask, put forward my best smile ( or no smile ^_^ ), and be the person I never thought I have inside. Looking at the photograph, I see a person that is so different from the one I know and I am glad that I finally get to meet her.
This personal photoshoot was done after many years of consideration. And I’m glad I waited! Because the pictures really captured me the way I would like to be portrayed – at ease being myself and unafraid of sharing my passions in life.
Friends and family members tell me that the pictures spoke great depth about my love for music and I knew that the photoshoot had marked a new milestone in my music and my life.
Thanks Kelvin, you are a really good photographer and you have such an eye for beauty in people! I’m amazed at how the photos turned out and I have to say, the memories of the photoshoot and the pictures will remain with me for a long time.
When we first met Kelvin, we thought he was different and to a degree “weird” as some might say. Kelvin wasn’t our first choice wedding photographer when we were searching for one. We were quite specific with our criteria because we’re not models and do not want pose-y photos. We want to be able to look back at our photos 20 years later and go.. “Yup, that’s us!”.
Most photographers we spoke to immediately showed us their works or prices and told us what he/she can do for us. Kelvin was different; he took the time to sit with us to find out our “likes and dislikes” and encouraged us to share our thoughts with him.
We felt comfortable and valued!
Then, came the day of our photo shoot. We actually had fun, he made us feel at ease and we soon realised that he is actually quite a funny guy! We trusted his “vision through his camera” and gave him the freedom to use his creativity.
Judgement day arrived and we were initially worried we may not like the outcome but we were pleasantly surprised at how the photos turned out!
Couple of years later, Gabriel was born and we wanted to do a family portrait. I immediately thought of Kelvin. I’ve been following Kelvin’s work and was very impressed with his strive for perfection in every photograph he takes. Although I haven’t seen much of his portfolio on family portraits, I believe he is a very versatile photographer. Again, he proved us right and we were all very happy with his work. We loved the way he captures the “moments” with Gabriel!
A few years on, we had our 2nd born, Alyssa. We decided to ‘update’ our family portrait but we weren’t sure if our kids were a little too young to “sit” through a session. Kelvin was very patient and in the end, our kids were running amuck with him! We absolutely loved the expressions that he captured of them and the photos speak for themselves! At the end of the day, every photo is like a work of art and Kelvin is truly the Artist.
~ Rod, Jen, Gab & Aly
Thank you for editing everything so beautifully. We were amazed…I really love it!!! Thank you SO MUCH for spending the extra time and effort–we can see the heart and passion you put into ensuring that each picture captured us in a most authentic and memorable way.
When we approached you to take these photos, we wanted to have pictures that could reflect the way our families and we were at this present moment in the most genuine way possible. You definitely did that and gave us a treasure-box filled with portraits; portraits that make us laugh, feel all warm inside and tug at our heartstrings.
It means so much to us that even though Huat and I will be apart for the next few months, we can look at these pictures, feel each other’s presence and smile.
We admire your work and the passion you have for the art you create everyday. We are so happy we chose to do this with you!
~ Huat & Serene
We have been wanting to have our portrait photos taken by Kelvin ever since we saw some of his works. We have high expectations even before coming into the session.
The actual day shoot session was actually more fun than we expected as he & Elaine are warm & friendly & we feel like we have been friends for years.
The tough part, surprisingly, was the photo selection as many of the photo turns out so well and it was so hard for us to choose. We wanted all! Ling said she is emotionally connect to the photo & I’m not surprise. She look gorgeous in all the photos.
For us, Kelvin has passed our “test” with flying colours even when we had set the standard high.
~ KC (the joker) & Ling
I first got to know Kelvin when I was shopping for a pre-wedding shoot photographer. I met up with a few and felt most comfortable with Kelvin. He is so friendly and put me at ease despite this was our first meeting.
I told him my biggest concern was how the photographer can get my hubby to be natural and he assured me that I don’t have to worry about it at all. On the day of the shoot, not only did he managed to capture many good shots of my hubby, he also managed to click very well with him. At the end of the shoot, they were like old friends sharing jokes and chatting away!
Kelvin not only gave us lots of beautiful photos to keep but also wonderful memories we will never forget.
Friends and relatives love the album he created for us!
Recently, I decided to give my girlfriends a surprise for their birthday by arranging a group photo shoot with Kelvin. Kelvin and Elaine are so friendly and approachable, they put everyone at ease. My girlfriends were very impressed with Kelvin’s portfolio and totally enjoyed themselves during the shoot. We simply love the photos he took for us!
Kelvin is definitely a wonderful artist who is creative and passionate about his work.
Thank you Kelvin! I will definitely recommend my friends to you!
Natural & beautiful photos that bring out the character of the person & essence of life. I have discovered a different perspective of my friends and myself.
Kelvin is professional & patient. We had so much fun during the shoot without feeling tense. Thanks Kelvin!
Kelvin, you are really an awesome artist!
We had such a wonderful time during the shots. Your great sense of humor and fun-loving nature really allow us to enjoy our photoshoot to the max!
Really happy and excited after viewing all the photos as you have caught exactly what we are looking for. All the natural and candid moments – we just love it!
Thanks so much for the wonderful experience!
~ Hwee Yinn