Beautiful Portrait Prints

I always get a bit emotional when I see my work in prints. I love to have them in my hands, I can touch them, I can see the details, they are so beautiful that they take my breath away. That the moment I feel my work is so meaningful, bring beautiful portraits to people’s life, giving the photo shoot experience to people, document their life, their growth and their journey.
If you haven’t been professionally photographed before and you want to challenge yourself to try new things, please go and take a look at my website, I would love to hear from you.  

🔬🔬🔬 Watch this video on Youtube
https://youtu.be/Y-wszZBY47Q

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https://www.instagram.com/amanda.hsu.photographer

🔬🔬🔬Watched this photo shoot behind the scene video in our studio.
https://youtu.be/TSV2n6kHOQA

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Artist Portraits for Art Exhibition Incontri

It was real fun to photograph four artists and all of them utilize different media to express their art. I think artists are the most playful, they were like children in my studio. I photograph babies and young children and babies every week, so I’m well trained.

I often get the compliments, “Amanda, you are very patient.” Yes, I am and I think playing is a way of life, the way we learn new things, the way we live, laugh and have fun.

Here are some “Behind the Scene” photos when we were having the photo shoot.

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Getting their makeup done.

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They were curious about how makeup artist Martina and I work together. We were adjusting the makeup 🙂

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When I photograph another photographer, I often got photos taken also. XD That was Enzo photographing me.

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Discussions with Enzo about photography while shooting.

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The artists managed to find toys in my studio to play with while I was shooting. They were just like children, very playful and fun to be with.

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Photographing Josette, this was the second time I photographed her. She is beautiful as usual. And the guys managed to make her smile all the time.

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Shooting and giving instructions for posing.

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Thanks Enzo for the lovely photos of me shooting.

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Discussing ideas with Josette and Samuele.

 

It was a pleasure to photograph artists. These four artists each everyone has their own unique work.

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Josette Fenech, a Maltese abstract painter, her main media are acrylic and canvas.

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Enzo Giummarra, a Sicilian photographer, using shadows as his main subject in this exhibition.

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Samuele Ventanni, an Italian artist, work on different fabric media.

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Emanuele Ventanni, an Italian artist, painting on wood.

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The four artists’ exhibition, ‘INCONTRI’ is an art exhibition that brings together four unique artistic expressions. It is also a meeting point for local and foreign artists, where art meets science. This Art Exhibition is in collaboration with RIDT in aid of Brain Research, a charity exhibition.

The exhibition in University of Malta Research Trust, Valletta, from 9 April to 22 April.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1170480859652207/

Presentation at photography workshop in Ragusa Sicily.

Thanks so much for the Associazione fotografi Iblei for inviting me as a special guest photographer in the workshop in Ragusa. I was happy to have the opportunity to share my work with fellow photographers.

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12795488_1668039570112891_4651267249940680203_nI talked about my fine art self-portrait project “Her” and receive many good responses. I talked about how I made the photographs and the stories behind them. They are very generous with applause, I was very encouraged and feeling grateful that people appreciate my work and the concept behind them. I’ve also shown some of my recent fine art works which I haven’t shown to public before.

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I had an interpreter Ric for the translation from English to Italian. He had done a great job.

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I talked about my exhibition project last year Women in Malta, showing the behind the scene video.

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The photographers came from allover Italy. There were 4 master photographers hosting 4 different workshops. They are wedding photographer Vincenzo Ferraro, reportage photographer Charley Fazio, post production Giuseppe Andretta and wedding videographer Vito D’Agostino.

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The workshop event was covered by television and newspaper. I was interviewed a few time by local medias.

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Photo taken with the master photographers.

Thanks to the organizer Enzo Giummarra and people work for the event, they are so hospitable and friendly, everyone had a great time. Learning and having fun should always go together.

It was a very nice and special experience for me. I had a wonderful time.

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Malta Notarial Archives On Maltese TV programme Madwarna

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This is one of the projects I am working on, photographing the Maltese national treasure -the notarial archives. The program is done very nicely, you can see how people working in the archives including me. 🙂 I bump into them while they were filming. It’s been a pleasure to work in the archives. Thanks Madwarna for including me in the programme.

You can watch the programme online:
https://www.tvm.com.mt/mt/programmes/madwarna-2/ondemand/

There are many volunteers involving and working at the archives including myself. It’s a great feeling to be able to “give” something to people and to help.

 

Amazing ride – Women in Malta

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Women in Malta exhibition at Malta Chamber of Commerce, Valletta (Left Joe from Chamber of Commerce)

All the photographs were dismounted yesterday. This whole project took me 6 months, finally all is finished and done. I’m happy. I feel so tired and think I can sleep for a week.

I have received a lot of support and encouragement since I start the project “Women in Malta”. But to be honest I had no idea what I got myself into. It was just a very simple idea, to photograph women. Running this project was certainly not an easy task. Besides my main work as a portrait photographer, the project took up rest of my time. My average working hour was about 14-15 hours a day. Meetings, writing, emails, messages, problems, problem solving and more problem solving.

Scientist says that human use only 20% of their brain, in that case, I was certainly trying to push my brain to more than 50%, as my brain hurts sometimes.

I have so much appreciation and gratitude toward to all the people who helped along the way, I feel loved and being looked after, I can’t thank you enough. Your support and encouragement are my drive to push myself further. It got me through the difficult times when I thought the project wouldn’t work, I wouldn’t able to make it, was I doing things right.  With so many people’s help, I had no excuse to fail. Basically I had very good feeling about the project and everything worked in the right direction right from the beginning, so I just kept doing it.

There are many ideas in my mind, projects I want to do. so what’s next? We’ll see.

Interview in Pink Magazine

It was interesting to have the interview with Pink Magazine, they really went in depth to ask me all the questions. They are good questions, it took me a bit time to came out the answers as something I didn’t even think of before. Like “Whose portrait would you most like to shoot – dead or alive – and why?” It’s a cool question as I am totally into science fiction.

The magazine asked me to send them some of my works. My recent work is my exhibition project “Women in Malta”. At that time the work hasn’t finished yet. Then the magazine told me I can send them any of my work, “it’s about you”, they said. I was excited that I got the chance to show my ongoing project – Her, it’s a series of environmental self-portraits.

Here are the images from the magazine:

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See more photographs from the series Her click HERE.

 

Women in Malta – working progress

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(Something resembling!!!)

I’d like to think that I am immortal (too much The Lord of The Rings), I perform magic (too much Harry Potter and photography) and time is the most valuable thing and everything (too much Lucy. I’m having a love-and-hate relationship with time. )

There are rough times when I have to keep telling myself “don’t give up, keep going. ” But it’s nicer to hear someone to say it. (Friends are awesome!)

Anyway, after months’ preparation, contacting, meetings, research and work, finally “Women in Malta” is going to start the photo shoots next week. I’m very excited about it. This project has been testing my stamina and put me through challenges, nothing is easy in life as we all know it. It’s been a great ride and a lot of fun. (I’m loving it)

I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who help me with this project, I can’t do it without you and am immensely grateful to you.

The photographs for the “Women in Malta” exhibition won’t be uploaded to Facebook or Website. it’s totally “hush hush” as I would like to invite EVERYONE, all of you, to come to see the exhibition. (Journalists and TV programs are welcome to contact me for more information.)

My “Women in Malta” exhibition is on the 8th March for celebrating the International Women’s Day at the Chamber of Commerce, Republic Street, Valletta, for 2 weeks.

(Please put the date down on your diary 😉

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Me, being in front of camera

Recently I was being photographed by another photographer.

Photograph people and being photographed is totally different thing.

When I got the invitation for a small photo shoot session, I must admit that I really just wanted to refuse it. It’s kind of nervous, unknown, panic and it’s worse than going to a dentist. :crying:  At that moment if there was a choice between go to dentist or photo shoot, I would definitely go to dentist. Really, no kidding, I was as scared as that. :fear:  But another voice in my head, I have to try this, even I was afraid of being in front of camera and even I knew I would feel extremely uncomfortable.

I had to try this for all my clients.

Last time I was being photographed was like…..what?…10 years ago? That was with someone I trusted. In between this 10 years time, I only have self-portraits which I am quite happy about the results. I know how to photograph people and I am comfortable with myself. So self-portratis has been an on going fun project. :run:  Through this project, I also become a better photographer but I didn’t realize how people can be so nervous about a photo shoot until I had my photo taken by other photographer.

The good thing is I have always got positive feedback from my clients. They had good time and felt relaxed with me. And very happy with the result.

It’s a blessing to be able to make people happy, through the way I work.  :happy: