Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Convocation for University of Sunderland and Bolton University

Group photo with Guest of Honour, YB Dr. Hou Kok Chung, Deputy Minister of Higher Education,Malaysia (seated,middle) during the April 2008 Convocation.

YB Dr. How giving a press conference after the convocation ceremony at SEGi's Main Campus

The grand procession

2007 ceremony: Vice Chancellor of University of Sunderland presenting certificates to the graduates

Group photo of graduates of University of Sunderland with the VIPs

The grand Multipurpose Hall at Kota Damansara

Welcoming the Vice Chancellor to give his speech

Studio portrait: Happy faces

On graduation day the ladies are the most beautiful!

Family portrait

Most younger graduates prefer the book backdrop, but older ones prefer more plain backdrop like this one. Another family portrait (below)

I will be doing the convocation photography for University of Sunderland and Bolton University on October 25 and November 1.These few days there are very encouraging enquiries from graduates through phone and emails regarding our studio packages. Some of them have also made bookings online.

Both these UK universities are partners with SEGi University College,Malaysia and being the Official Photographer for SEGi, I do most of the convocation photography arranged by SEGi. SEGi is one of the largest and best equipped private institutions of higher learning in Malaysia. It was recently given the University College status by the Ministry of Education.It has campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Damansara,Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya,Penang and Kuching and also a dozen training centres scattered over the country. The total student population of the group is more than 15,000, including many thousand of foreign students from ASEAN countries, China, South Asia and the Middle East. You can find out more details at their informative website:

The convocation ceremony for University of Sunderland will be held at the Multipurpose Hall, SEGi's Main Campus at Kota Damansara. The actual ceremony begins in the early evening but we will be taking studio portraits for graduates and their loved ones in the afternoon. For Bolton University, the ceremony will be held in the morning of November 1 at Hotel Nikko, Jalan Ampang.

The convocation photography is divided into two major parts. The stage photography and studio photography. The stage photography is a solemn one, there will be many VIPs, University Chancellors, Professors,Lecturers and Principals will all be there. Most parents and relatives of the graduates will also be attending the ceremony.At the end of the ceremony we will be taking a group photo of the happy graduates together with the VIPs,Chancellors,Professors,Lecturers etc. Crowd control is very crucial here as parents and relatives will normally rush to the front to take photos near the stage. The VIPs would not wait long so this important photo must be taken in just a few minutes.This is here I need several assistants to help in crowd control. Normally after a few announcements and pleas on the microphone, the crowd will obediently retreat to behind the restricted area.

Studio photography is a more interesting and fun part of the job. First we have to set up a temporary mini studio near to the hall where the convocation ceremony is being held. At SEGi's Main Campus at Kota Damansara, we are provided with a very big hall right below the Multipurpose Hall to set up our studio. In some hotels, space is very limited.In the mini studio we need at least 3 photographers and 5-8 helpers. We normally engage student helpers who are mostly introduced by the lecturers. Some of these students are in the photography,advertising or mass communications courses. So it will be a good experience for them. For the coming University of Sunderland event, I am delighted to have two student helpers from Sibu who are currently studying in KL.
SEGi is going to centralize its convocation ceremonies at the grand Multipurpose Hall at the Main Campus, Kota Damansara. It will also be very convenient for me as the space is very big and I do not need to rush from the hotel to the campus. KL's traffic could be very bad sometimes,if not most of the time. The management allows me and my team to put up at their 3-star hostel.That makes our job much easier.
Will have quite a few days in KL later this month so I look forward to taking many pictures in and around the city, meet up some old friends and hopefully also meet some new friends.


-eiling- said...

so drop me a note when you're in town. I won't be around from 1st to 17th Nov though as I'll be in Dubai.

mama belian n cengal said...

so it's gonna be business cum holiday... looking forward for ur next photos...

Philip said...

eiling: Sure, looking forward to seeing you.

Mama: yes, its always holiday cum business for me. Love it that way.

Hardy said...

Wahhh..... looks like your assistant will gain many many many experience from you my friend especially taking potraits photography. I still fail in potrait photography especially setting the ISO, aperture & lighthing and until now I'm still learning.

Make sure you shoot great and beautiful cityscape my friend.

Philip said...

hardy:Frankly speaking I am also not good in studio photography. Always share and discuss with friends on this matter.We normally do a few testings before actual shooting. Yes, I would love to shoot cityscape with the ultra wide angle lens...and landscape too.

Aaron C. said...

HAHA... Thanks for the intro with what I am supposed to do on that day. Kinda worried after what hardy commented on portrait/studio shots. I am not used to those. HAHA. You know, students, we prefer candid/action shots. Like most of my shots are. HAHA.

Philip said...

aaron: Don't worry. The other photographer, Andy will be taking the studio portriats.