Hip to be square
Article from the Sun daily by Yeo Chia Hui (posted on 6th Oct 2015)
TWENTY two-year-old Trisha Toh started out as a regular user of Instagram.
However, what started out as a platform for her to document her food adventure has now propelled her into a very accomplished photographer, photo and food stylist.
Her Instagram feed is comprised of pictures so aesthetically pleasing that it more than explains her fan base of 67, 000 followers.
"Since I was young, my mother would bring me and my brother out to explore new places to eat. It was like a treat; so after I graduated from high school I decided to continue doing this on my own. This was back in 2012 when the local food scene began to pick up. Then a while ago, a close friend, who is also a talented "Instagrammer", introduced me to her client who was looking for someone to shoot their new products. Despite the doubts I had, I went ahead with it and it turned out that they liked my work. Now people are starting to recognise me although it's mostly through Instagram recommendations," said the freelance creative.
A soon-to-be tourism and event management graduate, Toh said that this passion of hers remains a hobby as what she studied is completely different. Even then, her résumé is quite impressive as it contains names such as DoubleTree by Hilton, Chatime Malaysia, Tino's Pizza, and The Spice Peninsula Co.
She also coorganised #ChasingSquares last year, a mobile photography exhibition which raised funds for underprivileged Malaysian youths.
What exactly does a photo stylist do?
There are many categories of photo styling, but since I work with food a lot I'd say I'm a food stylist. Food stylists assist the photographers in making the food look good for the camera. Sometimes, we have to get manipulative with the food because we need to show the best angle. And you know how food looks good in some pictures? Yeah, sometimes they aren't edible because you do not know the things that we may have done with it (chuckles).
How would you describe your photography style?
It changes over time but I focus a lot on the subject. It's about what I've done and where I've been, so it's always documenting what I'm experiencing. I'd say the mood of my pictures follows my own mood.
Would you also say that your style is minimalistic?
Minimalism is true as this theme omits everything that's not important, and focuses on what matters. I guess I do apply that a lotin my pictures because I always focus on the subject and the story more than anything else.
If a picture tells a thousand words, what do you want to convey through yours?
I guess it's about the present. What I'm ultimately aiming for in my pictures is that they're not styled – they're about living in the moment. I think it's important to forget about trends because that's not what photography is about. Photography is about capturing the moment and sharing it with people. There shouldn't be any competition about it, especially on Instagram.
Some people believe that Instagramphotography is not real photography. What do you think about this?
The beauty of photography is that it doesn't matter what platform you use because ultimately it's about the pictures that you take. For me especially, Instagram plays a huge role in what I do because it acts as a sort ofportfolio. By looking at your Instagram profile, clients are able to learn about you, your photography style and potential. It serves as a good platform.
• Find her at: @trishates.
• She uses: Canon EOS 600D.
• Her go-to editing apps: Snapseed and VSCO Cam.
• Photography tip: "Natural light is very important for a good picture."
• Portraits she wants to capture: Her grandmothers.
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