I was planning on a solo long weekend trip to Siem Reap from Singapore for my birthday. Since I was traveling alone, the idea of hiring a professional photographer for a travel portrait session came to my mind. I just googled "Siem Reap Photographers" and clicked on Angkor Travel Photography's web site. The imagery they produced immediately spoke to me---spontaneous, imaginative and full of life. Their website did not list portrait session as one of their services. Anyhow I decided to try my luck and drop them a email. Only several hours later, Mr. Régis Binard promptly replied my email, listing all the necessary information I need to know for the photo session. The communication had been very smooth in terms of expectation and logistics etc. He even offered to meet up and discuss the details on the day before the photoshoot.
When the day of the photoshoot came; Regis was waiting for me in my hotel lobby with the Tuk Tuk ready to drive us to Angkor Wat. Needless to say, Regis is a exceptionally photographer who can truly captures the magic of light and the essence of the moment. It is difficult to pose for a solo portrait, as most ppl (myself include) felt quite awkward and self-conscious. But Regis helped my to relax quite fast. He did not ask me to do rigid poses; instead he would recommend I walk around a beautiful lake with him "hiding" somewhere capturing the moments etc. The photos turned out to be exceptional. (I will let the photo speak for itself.)
Merely calling Regis a photographer does not do justice to his work. He is an photography artist. And very importantly, Regis had been living in Siem Reap for years. He knows Angkor Wat and Siem Reap inside out. This to me is a huge advantage. His knowledge and expertise in terms of locations, lighting etc cannot be matched by anyone without residing in Cambodia for years. I have to say from start to finish, this experience was nothing short of exceptional. Thank you, Regis!
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