Category archives: Photoshoot

Bi-Bugu Beauties

Tabi basa & greetings everyone! During Gawai, there is a lot of activities that peoples do. Some chose to have fun, some chose to visit their friends / relatives houses in a tradition called “bijarah” / “ngabang”. Some chose to drink & dance to Gawai songs. For us, we chose to do our very own photoshoot on the second day of Gawai.

For this photoshoot, I’ve collaborated with Cikgu Lelian of Kpg Bugu Mawang, Serian to do a photoshoot at her village, joined by other girls from BM.

I took this opportunity to “bijarah” to my aunty’s house there too before the shoot. It is our tradition. As usual, alcoholic drinks will be served. In case you’re not interested to drink, you can always decline politely because it is considered rude to decline something without any proper reasons. That is a common sense.

For our photoshoot, we just do it at the “bari” (paddy house) area, with the view overlooking the mountainous areas behind the village. Such is the signature look of Kpg Bugu Mawang. It is located at highlands. Other Bidayuh villages are generally located at lower areas. That is why the tapwater at Bugu is much colder compared to other Bidayuh areas.

Bi-Bugu, compared to other Bidayuh villages that I have visited are a happy bunch. Even though it is not Gawai, you can always hear someone playing music somewhere, as if the entertainment never stops at Bugu. But I’ll save that topic for another blog post.

The photoshoot went on smoothly. I always like to do a photoshoot with people who has no “diva” attitude. Though it is a side job, but it is important for us to do things that we like with the person that appreciates our work, especially art & things like photography.

For me, speed is important. In my artwork, I try to do it as much as possible in camera, and do some minor editing later on using CaptureOne. But I am aware that different people has a different approach, so it is totally up to the individual. If you happy with what you see here and wish to hire me, feel free to contact me via WhatsApp +60148677585.

You can also follow me at Twitter, claudiusweson.

That’s all for now. I hope you like the pictures here.

Regards,
“Tukang Rantek” Claudius
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Mr Kiran, the famous emcee from Kpg Bugu Mawang.

Photoshoot at U-Tea (Part 2)

Tabi basa & greetings everyone. This time I’d like to feature the recent work that I had done at U-Tea, thanks to U-Tea Senadin. Previously, I also did a photoshoot at U-Tea, where I collaborated with few Miri-based models, including Nurul Jasmine, Amelda & Annette.

This time, the talents are gym-buddies of Stanley Lai & Fui Chen, including Fiona, Ong, Boss & not to forget star of the show, Bong. During the photoshoot, Bong shared few health tips.

He mentioned that a lot of health problems that we are facing now are caused by what we eat. There is an abundance of processed food out there, and he advised us to be extra mindful of all these foods.

Being a nutritionist himself, he also shared his choice of food. He mentioned that his favourite is cucumber, eggs (lots of eggs), brown rice and plenty of fruits (e.g. papaya, banana, guavas). He is doing clean diet so that he can control his health better.

His realisation came when he was mixing with a group of youngsters aged around 19 years old, yet having gout. That is a wake-up call for him. Now, even though he clocks 4-series, he is still as fit as 20s, and there is no sign for him slow down his amazing life.

That’s all sharing for now. Thank you to U-Tea Senadin for sponsoring this photoshoot and the opportunity for interview with Bong.

Regards,
“Tukang Rantek” Claudius
Follow me on Twitter: claudiusweson

Bong

Miri Love Story: Moses & Stancy

Tabi basa & greetings everyone! For today’s post, I’d like to share the photoshoot that I have done for Stancy & Moses, from Long Apu & Long San respectively. Stancy is also another one of the very active followers of my Facebook page and she has been actively joining online competitions that I have organised.

So this time, we did something different.

It is a photoshoot for couples at Taman Awam Miri, followed by a sunset photoshoot at Tanjung Lobang. Taman Awam’s greeneries attracted my attention and that is why you can see that most of the photoshoots that I have done in Miri is done at Taman Awam’s tower, suspension bridge & its mini “forest”.

In the world where, the more number of partners you have, the “manlier” you are, chose to be loyal to one person. Instead of trying to love 1001 person, try to love one person in a 1001 different ways. In that way, you can always re-live and re-ignite the fire that you have for one another.

LOVE ONE PERSON IN 1001 DIFFERENT WAYS

That basically sums up their relationship story. In a relationship, one has to be fire, and the other one has to be the water. You can’t have both fire or water in a relationship, otherwise, it won’t happen.

THE FINAL RESULT

If you are interested with this kind of photoshoot, feel free to WhastApp me at 014-8677585. Have a good week everyone! 😄

BONUS TOPIC: VALUE OF ART

From my friends around Miri, I learned that recently there is always a certain group of photographers who charged way, way lower than the market price. These groups are called market disruptors (kacau market). Their aim is to get as much client as possible, without even thinking about the long term effect.

If you already charge so low, how are you going to make a living out of photography? You will ended up loathing & hating photography because you can’t buy much stuff from your job.

That’s why, understanding the value of time, money, attention & energy that I have invested in photography, I don’t want to charge myself too low. There are limits. For those who appreciated my art and is willing to pay the price I’ve asked, I thank you very much.

Have a great week ahead everyone!

Your Tukang Rantek,
Claudius (Del)

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Ngepan Iban Photoshoot – Felicia

Tabi basa & greetings everyone! Today I’d like to share the recent photoshoot that I have with Felicia, one of the most active followers of my Facebook page & has participated in few competitions that i have organised online. This photoshoot was part of the reward of the recent event that I have done, namely Road To 2022. There are few other winners that I have scheduled to shoot with, but since I am at Miri for work, I just concentrate to do for those at Miri. There are some who is scheduled to visit Miri, and you will see them in my photoshoots.

This photoshoot is one of my way to promote my artwork and how I’d like to create my images. There are some peoples who like to use warmer tones. For me, I prefer to use cooler tones & inclined to make my images more vibrant.

Venue for this photoshoot is Taman Awam, Miri. It is one of the best place for us to do photoshoot in Miri. I only concentrate on the upper part of Taman Awam, as I target to fully utilise the structure that we have there.

THE RESULT

Thank you Fenny!

Special thanks to Fenny, Felicia’s sister for helping me out with this photoshoot.

If you are interested with this kind of photoshoot, feel free to WhastApp me at 014-8677585. Have a good weekend everyone! 😄

Your Tukang Rantek,
Claudius (Del)

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Seahorse Boys & Mystic Gems Scout Outing

Tabi basa & greetings everyone! For today’s blog post, I’d like to feature the recent outing that Seahorse Boys had with Mystic Gems Scout Outing, led by Norbert Sirai at Miri, at spacious area somewhere near Parkcity Everly Hotel.

Front Row: Mira, Nana, Ros, Norbert, Boone & Sulaiman
Back Row: Clayri, Steve & Om Jay. Note: Rapheal left earlier.
Pre-Job Discussion / Toolbox Talk & Ice-breaking Session with Mystic Gems Scout. That’s me, still sporting red hair.

From Seahorse Boys, those that joined were Clayri, Om Jay, Rapheal Lutta, Steve Maggie & myself. From the MGS-side, we are joined by Norbert Sirai, Mira, Sulaiman, Rosita, Nana & Boone.

Clayri in action
Free Syle
Another Free Style
Break into couples.

CONTEMPORARY COSTUMES

Based on the words of Mystic Gems Scout, the costumes that was being used for this photoshoot is considered contemporary, inspired by Sarawakian costumes, and it has no intention whatsoever to disrespect anyone or any culture whatsoever.

If there is any offences, it is purely unintentional.

Also, these costumes

ENTER RICOH GR III

Ricoh GR III (28mm FF equivalent) & GR IIIx (40mm FF equivalent)

Usually, for my photoshoot, I will bring my DSLR because I don’t want to compromise on the image quality. However, for this photoshoot, since there is a request from Steve, asking me to bring my GR III, I decided to use my GR IIIs. instead for this photoshoot.

For close-up / portrait works, I used the 40mm GR IIIx and for wider-angled shots, i use GR III (28mm field-of-view equivalent). Both of these cameras were shot in RAW+, where it includes the JPEG files as well.

The images created by these GR III are superb, and its RAW files pack a punch. However, I tweak the final colour according to my taste, temperature and skin tones. I didn’t adjust the bokeh artifically using Photoshop as it takes a lot of time to go through the files one by one.

I just did the final adjustment using Capture One software because I like how it renders color.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GR III & MY GO-TO DSLR

Being so used to a camera where I can adjust everything without referring to the LCD screen, using GR III is another refreshing experience for me. The thing that I like most is the size, because I don’t have to lug my heavy gear, for now.

There are some compromises, but after using GR III for a while, it gets interesting. I start to appreciate its ease of use, though for more serious works, I will still use my DSLR.

Catch Me If You Can
Photo by Jay. Me trying to do panning.

GOOD BYE EASY-BOKEH

Being used to manual lenses that I can just twist to get a desired bokeh, for this one, I need to get very close to get a desired bokeh from my subjects. I can live without bokeh, no problem. By using this pocket-camera, it forces me to rely on the fundamentals, including lighting placement, leading line, composition and most importantly, the expression of the subject to create a flattering image.

After a bit of tweaking and contemplating over the images, here’s the final result.

THE FINAL RESULT

NORBERT & ROS

NORBERT SIRAI

ROS

NANA

SULAIMAN

BOONE

MIRA

OTHER SEAHORSE BOYS IMAGES

STEVE M MAGGIE

Steve likes to play with tones, which is obvious in his artwork below.

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CLAYRI

Clay is enjoying the session. More images will be coming soon.

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JAY POTRET – RAJA BOKEH

From what you can see, Jay is a huge fan of bokeh. You can see the effect of this beautiful medium-tele lens and its pleasing bokeh. It also created a flattering face-form for Nana.

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May be an image of 1 person and outdoors

LEARNINGS FROM USING RICOH GR III

Lesson 1: Reinforcing Photography Fundamentals

First and foremost, by using this camera, I helps me to reconnect back with the roots of photography that I have always passionate about. It forces me to think more, act more and experiment more because the high-end camera ends up pampering me too much that if I have a poor background, I just blow it all out using bokeh. Simple, right? But it doesn’t help me with mastering the fundamentals.

I should use it more often.

Lesson 2: Testing Colour Grading Skills

In terms of post-processing, there are a number of colour correction that I need to do because the final image is too reddish for my taste, but it’s no doubt still a good colour, and I will still choose GR III over other APS-C models. This is a matter of personal choice. Yours might be different, so let’s agree on this.

Lesson 3: Ricoh GR III Is A Good Alternative For Event Cameras

If you don’t need to emphasise on the portrait, but rather focus only on the moments, then Ricoh GR III is a good camera that you can use. All you need is a couple of extra battery because one of the known issue with GR III is its small battery capacity. Two should be sufficient.

In terms of ease of use, it is definitely good one for me. It is superlight (relative to my DSLR), and I can even pocket it easily without anyone noticing. You can be a stealth cameraman for the event.

With its matte-black finish, it is a design that I like. No wonder it is called Street Photography King (Sorry M & Q).

BONUS TOPIC: DON’T UNDERVALUE YOURSELF

Be proud of yourself and don’t let others disrespect you. Have courage to walk away if you feel you are being disrespected.

If there is something that I really appreciate, it is respecting one-self. If you don’t respect yourself, how do you expect others to respect you? For example; you know already that you have issue with alcohol & money, but you keep on doing it because it “feels good”. In the end, you’ll be having health issue & broke. Worse, you have the balls to blame others. That person definitely don’t command respect from anyone.

Same goes to photographers. A lot of peoples are aspiring to make a living out of their photography art. But when it comes to getting a paid job, that’s where their delaying gratification is being put to the test. Would you like to live with a small paid job from now until today? Or would you like to learn about photography fundamentals for the next 5-10 years, so that you can command a higher price the next decade?

Who doesn’t want an instant cash? But there is a limit to this. As a start, if that particular job is less than RM500 per hour or RM1500 per job, I won’t accept it because my time, energy and attention worth more than that. The struggle comes after shooting, where I need to do a lot to ensure the images created is worth their money.

When I first started this journey, people paid me RM300 for a day to day. When I think back about it, it is such a small pay, but it teaches me a lot of lesson; especially about knowing your worth and how to value yourself.

I want to deliver the best to those who appreciates my art, but if they don’t appreciate it as much and not willing to invest, then they are most welcomed to look for another photographer.

EPILOGUE

For me, the session has been a wonderful one. It is fun to meet and have a photoshoot with new peoples. Thank you to Norbert Sirai for his kindness, Mystic Gems Scout team for the wardrobe, Man, Nana, Mira, Ros & Boone for becoming our models and you, for reading this until the end.

Stay safe & take care!

Your Tukang Rantek, Claudius (Del)
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Seahorse Boys Outing: Kebaya Nyonya

Tabi basa & greeting everyone! This time, I’d like to share about the recent outing that we did at Miri with the Seahorse boys. For those who didn’t know, Seahorse Boys is a group of photographers based in Miri from various background, as what you can see below. In short, most of us shoots portrait.

For this photoshoot, it was held at Kpg Wireless, at Miri Waterfront, where we did a photoshoot with talents, namely Leha from Tatau and Agnes, who was eventually called Seroja by us. The event organiser is Aiman Iman, who is a well-known make-up artist based in Miri, and he is known for his unique style of make-up, including body-painting.

Behind The Scene

The second venue of the photoshoot was at Miri City Fan, where Jay and the rest intends to re-create the images that was done by Cikgu Sean of Prodigy. Lots of attempts were being made.

THE RESULT

Below is the result of the images that was shared to me for this blog post purpose. I only received from Steve for now. Therefore, here’s his artwork, followed by mine.

STEVE M MAGGIE

Denzel – none shared yet.

Clayri – none shared yet.

Jay Potret – none shared yet.

Rapheal – none shared yet.

Solomon – working at Bintulu.

“Tukang Rantek” Claudius

Lesson Learned from This Photoshoot

I’ve written about outing ethics in this long Facebook post, which is written in Malay. You can read it here. In summary,

  1. Respect One Another
  2. Feel Free To Use “Please”, “Thank You” and “Sorry”
  3. Do Not Touch Model / Talent
  4. Do Not Ask Sensitive Questions & Joke Responsibly
  5. Do Not Disturb Other People’s Gears / Settings Without Permission
  6. Do Not Brag About Gear
  7. Be Punctual & Give Model Time To Rest

In writing those ethics, I have no ill-intention against anyone, because it is a set of thing that every photographer should try to obey and adhere to if they want to be a likeable photographer in whatever occasion that they use.

Gears used in this photoshoot is Leica S3 & Summarit-S f/2.5 35mm & Summicron-S f/2 100m, both ASPH. lenses. It is a really great set of gear, the colour reproduction is great. You get what you invest.

But for the next shoot, I challenged myself to use a different gear, which is a compact camera, a well-known street photography camera called Ricoh GR III. I will show it in my next blogpost.

In the meantime, stay safe & take care!

Your Tukang Rantek, Claudius

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Saturday Outing: Miri Marina Street

Tabi basa and greetings everybody! I hope all of are healthy and had a good weekend with your family and friends. Even if you are alone, I hope you took that opportunity to improve your craft or whatever skill you wish to be good at. Silence is golden, and solitude is necessary for growth, just like a seed, buried in the darkness. 

PHOTOSHOOT AT JLN MARINA, MIRI

For today’s post, I would like to share the activities that I had with fellow Miri photographers at Jalan Marina, Miri, not far from Miri Time Square.

Behind The Scene

Look at this lovely leading line.

The theme for today was actually lady in red, but since Kat is appropriately-dressed, we took her in for photoshoot too. Besides, she was also one of the regular faces for photoshoot by our fellow photographer circle in Miri. 
For this photoshoot, the goal was to learn more about lighting placement, because that is one area that I wish to be better at. Due to work commitment, I rejected a number of jobs, especially those nearing Christmas and New Year as I will be on duty. However, as and when I have the opportunity, I will join Denz Harper and the other boys; Jay Potret, Steve M, Raf & Clayri (first time meeting these two) for photoshoot. This would be the last for 2021 with them though and I’ll join them again next year. 

Denz “Happy” Harper & Elisha

The talents for our photoshoot was Viviana Uring, Elisha & Katheria (Prudential insurance agent, can look for her. She’s very helpful).   As usual, we took turns to do photoshoot with these talents. Basically we just shoot until we think we have all the shots and then move on to the next talent. 

GROUP PHOTOSHOOT


Group photoshoot is something that I only do twice ever since I took-up photography. It is primarily due to bad past experiences, which makes me prefer to go and do photoshoot on my own. 

How to play with light and shadows are the fundamentals. There is a lot of other aspects too, with gear being the last. Gears are supposed to make our life easier, not the other way round. In fact, you don’t need to break the bank to be really good. 

A good photographer can create a beautiful image from any gear.

As for myself, if the outcome is not great enough, it is because of my lack of skill, not because of the gear. That’s why I am pretty excited and look forward to the upcoming workshop with Sean as discussed with Denz, and hopefully it is in Miri. 

From group photoshoot also, we also learn how to appreciate that each photographer has their own ways of editing. There is nothing to quarrel about. Only when they seek for our opinions, then we offer ours.

THE FINAL RESULT:

These are the images that I favour from the rest of the pictures. Feel free to have a look.

VIVIANA

Elisha

Katheria

Note: her photoshoot is not planned, so that’s why she not wearing red.

RAW/DNG OR JPEG?

I only shoot DNG (RAW) because I would like to have the ability to fully optimise whatever images that I have created, let’s say I wish to edit it differently later in the future. This is the thing that I have discussed with Denz, Clay and Jay over our coffee talk yesterday.

Denz and the rest are mainly Photoshop users. Before this, I tried using Photoshop. But it is a steep learning curve for me. Then I used Lightroom until I discovered Capture One. Now, I am using Capture One for all of my editing, though I still keep Photoshop standby if I need some heavy lifting. Like what Denz always say, try to master one software first before moving onto the next.

EPILOGUE

It was such a fun evening with these peoples. I look forward to do another photoshoot with them again in the future. Don’t forget to follow me at my social media here: linktr.ee/claudiusweson.

Lastly, don’t be quiet about any sexual harassment. Speak up. Let yourself be heard.

Tukang Rantek,
Claudius

Sarawak Beauty: Dayung Bidayuh

Tabi basa everyone! Sarawak is a land full of majestic land and beautiful peoples. For today’s story, I proudly present my work on capturing Bidayuh beauties. Bidayuh means people of the land, where “dayuh” means land, and “bi-” (pronounced as “bee”) is a prefix meaning “belonging to”. Bidayuh peoples can be found at Kuching & Serian Division, though work nowadays bring Bidayuh everywhere, including offshore.

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Sarawak Beauty: Leto Kenyah (Marylyn Ruran)

Greetings everybody! Today, I’d like to write about a beautiful Kenyah lady from Miri, Marylyn Ruran Tagal. During our previous photoshoot, I took the opportunity to interview her about today’s generation. She is passionate to see today’s generation to arise beyond their capabilities. Growing up in today’s world, teenagers like herself today have adapted to a fast paced, competitive and often frightening world. She’s fully aware the social media rants claiming that the today’s generation are lazy, unmotivated, self-centered, uncaring and cynical and they are heavy influence by social media trends and expectations. Much of the criticism aimed is due to a lack of understanding of the world they live in and this false impression of their worth and identity. Despite the bad reputation and flaws, she’s also fully aware that today’s generation are both intelligent and brilliant and she personally believe that every generation has a unique quality, strength and identity that makes it amazing for its time. She believe by truly understand today’s generation, recognize and encourage them to continue building upon their strength, ability, quality and talent, is one of the beauty and best gifts that we can offer to them. A lady of strong faith, she also hope that she can make a change by spreading the good news from our Creator, one person at a time.

(Kenyah Version)

Iya atek bangen kimet sae’ dalem naat lentung tau naki ngan penco ngelentung, nai bio’ dalem iu pe uban pemuyan usun tana’ naki. De’ manai ukuk baan ya lepa pemalai osa anun ne ngan iu pe uban pemuyan je sangkit, kadu’ peketun ngan kadu’ je’ maan teke’. Balu’ iya tesen keneng tirak je’ ilu naat ke laman sosial naki kadu’ je kuma dau lentung naki leko, enta bangen kimet, pengeluk kimet tengen, nta oba’ ala’ tawai, kimet je ja’at ngan atek kaduk tabin ku’un pengoba’ media sosial ngan iu baan dau isu du. Serepi’ bio’ un tirak ja penading cin korang penisen keneng usun tana’ je eda nyeripa ngan pemuyan ji nak penaat je sala’ keneng lega ngan pengemaren de. Na’ pe meka, iya ngelan ngan tesen keneng mung lentung kuak un penisen ngan kaduk pekenaan de tengen, un pengalu ngan pengemaren je oyan keti eda nai lua’ dalem masa de. Iya ngelan uka ilu atek alak kimet apan ilu ke tesen lentung dalau ji, ngan na’ katuk me eda man de ke penco nedeng pengali, penyukat ngan keremun de, ilu juku’ ke un naat pemuyan-pemuyan je tega eda ke ti. Ja ne si’ peniga ngan perit je atek tega ilu sokat nak mida.

Tukang Rantek,
Claudius

Claudius is a Boudoir & Portrait Photographer from Miri, Sarawak. Follow him on Facebook & Instagram.

“Tukang Rantek” means photographer in Bidayuh Serian.

Lady Vivid 2021: Top 3 Finalists

Tabi basa balarantek! In this post today, I’d like to write about Lady Vivid. Lady Vivid is The Niners Management’s first event, with its objective to recruit new rookie to be their Social Media Influencer. From Lady Vivid, The Niners Management aims to create the next top young adult social influencer in Sarawak. 

As for these top three finalist, they were chosen by netizen based on Instagram votings at The Niners Management. Our of twelve who registered for Lady Vivid competition, there were two plus sized participants. This is to emphasis that beauty can come in various shapes and sizes, not only for the slim ones. 

To evaluate further these finalists, they were given a set of questions after their photoshoot. From their photoshoot, they were given a set of questions, where their answers can be seen below.

Interview With Top 3 Finalists

Nathasa

Hello, my name is Nasthasa binti Ali. My family member called me Shasha and some called me Nast and Tasha. I’m turning 19 on September 2. I’m currently studying at UiTM Samarahan, majoring in Office Management. 

While studying, I also having a part-time job to earn extra pocket money for myself. 

First of all, the main reason why I joined this Lady Vivid competition is because I wanted to boost my confidence and gain more experience. I’m the person who loves to try new things. Therefore, I guess this is a great opportunity for me to try my best this contest. I am keeping eye on a certain person – my idol. She’s a very hard working person. Even when she was pregnant, she is still doing her work diligently. Hence, she is successful in her career. She’s a very loving mother too and at the same time she’s very strict and serious person. I like the way she’s a boyish at the same time she can be so ladylike. She is Scha Alyahya.

My wildest dream is to be able to start up a small foundation to support the orphan and the unfortunate one regardless of their age, race or religion. 

The challenge that I faced in life is I have strict parents. I was born in a family with all girls and that alone explains why I was guarded all through my life. Not only me but also my other siblings. It was something I liked, but at the same time something that I get annoyed at on certain time. This is because my parents trying to protect us from creating miserable mistakes that can ruin our future. 

Last few days, I had my very first photoshoot with Tukang Rantek. I was a bit nervous when I was driving to the studio. Since the photographer is a guy, I afraid that I’ll get shy and couldn’t cooperate. Once I arrived the studio, he welcomed us with an open arm. He was very friendly and easy-going. At the end of the photoshoot, he shared to us about his journey which I found it was very interesting. He’s a sporting person too as we can share and give opinion about our thought. 

My first impression about boudoir is of course I’m overwhelmed as I’m having a lot of mixed feeling. But I believe he can go further with his bravery and outgoing self. Because not everybody have the courage to take a picture of a half-naked model. And because of that I respect him as a photographer. 

My final thought on Lady Vivid is a great avenue to boost someone’s confidence and made them feel happy with themselves. Lastly, my hope for Lady Vivid is that we can grow bigger and be a successful person in the future.

Gwen

Hi! My name is Gwyneth Eva Lai Anak Roha. I’m 21 years old. I’m a fresh graduate student from UiTM Mukah, taking Diploma in Business Studies. Currently, I’m looking for a permanent career. 


At first, I never thought of joining this Lady Vivid due to my hectic schedule. But, I’m asking for my friends’ opinion about joining this virtual event. For almost one week, I keep on thinking , why not? At least I can experience how to be a model. With my curious personality, I also want to know a life of being a model. Nowadays, people tend to focus more on social media.

From there, we can see how the social media can give a big impact to the society. There is one thing, that keeps on running through my minds, I want to be a good influencer. I want to give a good impact to the society. Most of the people loves to express their feeling through social media instead of physical meeting. And the other reasons, of course is to build up my confidence level. 

One of my wildest dream is to become a cat rescuer by providing them food and water as well as shelter. 

Challenges that i always face is judgements from other peoples. I live in a judgemental society. It’s hard because you have to take care of everything that you do and actions that you take. Not only that, the challenges of being “me”. I love to say YES to everything. I can’t said no. It’s hard for me to reject everything since this is my personality since I was a teenager. 

My first experience ever in photoshoot, was really a “lit” / exciting experience especially with Tukang Rantek. It was fun because he is so friendly. I’m really comfortable with him. We talked, we laughed & exchange thoughts et cetera. In short, it was fun.

Boudoir photoshoot is a new things for me. I started to know this kind of photoshoot since last year when Tukang Rantek started to post the boudoir pictures. I’m an open minded person. For me, it’s really a rare and good photoshoot. It taught women out there that they need to love themselves because no one will love the way you love yourself. I think Tukang Rantek can do it! I trust his passion. “Bila kita buat sesuatu benda dengan ikhlas, kita akan dapat berkatnya!” (when we do something sincerely, we will have His blessings) Keep it up!

For me, Lady Vivid, not only teaches the girls out there to be more confident in their own ways. I hopes that Lady Vivid can help those people out there to be more confident in themselves especially the girls that have a low confidence with their body.

Grace

Hi! My name is Grace Suling Belare. I’m 20 years old this year. I’m a student at College Geomatika Keningau, Sabah. The reason I’m joining this Lady Vivid because i want to become a more confident person and also I am really interested in this field of modeling and I want to be a famous model.This may sound cliché but my biggest inspiration is my mom because my mom is a hardworking person and she never complain about the hardship of life. She is also a very loving person and she have a strong belief in God.

My challenges in life is I grew up in the village my whole life and this is my first time in life going out alone and explore the city and also living alone by myself. It is not easy as I do not really have people to depend on but this taught me to handle the hardship of life as an emerging adult. 

My first photoshoot experience with Tukang Rantek. He is a very sporting person and also friendly. He is able to communicate with us without being shy and it made me felt welcomed.

My first impression about boudoir challenges is to be honest I feel uncomfortable looking at a guy taking pictures of a half naked women or men. However, I tried to be an open minded person and think about it in a positive direction for a  photographer as that is also an occupation and passion for some people just like Tukang Rantek. 

My final thought on Lady Vivid is it is a great experience for people who had low self esteem and always feel discouraged about oneself. This allows them to be able to believe in themselves and to be more confident. 

My hope for Lady Vivid is I can get more experience that can be the one to help me in life and also to make me a better person who believes in myself.

Epilogue

This concludes the article about Lady Vivid Top 3 Finalists. Based on their interview, it seems like all of them has their own insecurity, but nevertheless, they have something to look forward to in life. May the best lady wins and bag the title Lady Vivid 2021.

Tukang Rantek,
Claudius

Note: Claudius is aBOUDOIR & Portrait “tukang rantek” (photographer in Bidayuh Pichin) based in Miri, with passion for writing.

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