Gone are the days when a photographer's duty was simply to take generic, pre-determined poses and staged, traditional frames. Photography as an intricate, delicate art has evolved into a greatly respected and highly competitive industry, especially in the wedding niche. Amidst the glitz and glamour of this fast-paced business, it's easy to lose sight of the heart in the art. This is where Anthony Co comes in.
From his humble beginnings of self-study and practical application to training under the tutelage of an industry legend, Anthony knows well the tangible route behind hard work and passion. "Back then, I never really understood photography as a hobby," Anthony shares. "But lo and behold, it was actually an art form--one that I truly enjoyed and wanted to master from day one."
Before focusing on wedding as a niche, Anthony gained valuable experience in various genres: fashion and glamour, product photography, food photography, and even baby photography. He delved into wedding photography for one reason: creative freedom. "If I had it my way, I would be a fly on the wall with a camera," Anthony reveals. "I would rather capture [an] unguarded moment. I always try to be true to the moment."
Many may call themselves photographers, but very few are true artists in their craft. This is what sets Anthony uniquely apart. "I'm a cartoonist, a magician and a painter," he shares. "I am a very visual artist." Keen to keep his style unique, personalized, and fresh, Anthony opts to shy away from photography organizations or communities as to avoid being influenced by a norm. Not one to rest on his laurels, he keeps his technique updated through reading and browsing the cyber space--and of course, through constant practice.
Aside from taking his art form seriously, Anthony never fails to charm and win over his clients as well, with most couples becoming his life-long friends even after the ceremony. "Since I get to know what the client wants, how I can get the best out of them on their wedding, and [how to] get them as comfortable with me as possible, I get to be very effective in photographing them in their big event," he reasons. "I strongly believe that people will respond better and show their true personalities when they are very comfortable with their photographer," he adds.
Lastly, what makes Anthony stand out is truly his big heart. "I love weddings!" Anthony exclaims. "All sorts of emotions happen during a wedding--imagine being given the chance to capture all of these. This is not just work, it is an honor," he says. Armed with a vision and an uncontainable love for his craft, Anthony is an artist photographer whose infectious passion would be the icing on top of any couple's wedding cake.