Student Government Campaign Shoot: Michelle Chen


I did a shoot for my dear friend who lived on the same floor with me in residence. She was running for multiple student leadership positions and needed photos for her campaign.

Here are the official poster media.

Here are some of my favourites that didn’t make the final cut.

You may want to know the results of the elections. Michelle won all of the positions she ran for after a week of long nights, hard work, dedication, genuine care, stress, deep chats, and ice cream bars. This included VP of the upper year tower (head of all programming and tower events) and Student Council Arts Representative. I wish her the best of luck in her roles this coming year! …but anyways I know she will be great!


Food Photography

What’s another thing I love to photograph? …well, as you probably figured out from the title, FOOD! Being around my parents’ business has allowed me to experiment in this field a little bit. Seeing my final photographs printed and displayed in a menu layout make me feel a bit more accomplished. Having the finished product in “real” form is very pleasing. I really enjoy the marketing aspect of this, as was mentioned in my previous post on product photography. 


This is one of my favourites. I was fairly successful in capturing the milk streaking down in the glass. It adds subtle detail. The reflections on the glass, though, are a little distracting.


I like the glossy and accurate detail captured here.

Green Tea Ice Cream

I did not show the entire glass because I wanted to create a different close up perspective to highlight the detail of the product itself.

Product Photography

A few months ago, I did a shoot for a salon for their Black Friday promotion. These photos are up on their company website. I had a lot of fun at this shoot. The lighting conditions were not optimal, but took advantage of the lights in the background and the lights that were reflecting off some surfaces. Product photography and marketing is something I would like to get into.

phtgr11-2-2     Here, I tried using the bokeh effect in the foreground instead of the background.


I tried to soften the background with bokeh to add an elegant feel.


Reflections on the table top and the ornament add interest. I focused on keeping the simplicity of the repetition as the main element in the photo.


I noticed these products were quite uniform and wanted to take advantage of that, so I arranged them in a row next to each other. The fact that they included all the primary colours add a separating element as each of the products claims to do different things. I could have tried more angles and eliminate some of the tilt.


I like this perspective. Maybe a slight temperature adjustment would have been better. Depth of field should have also been considered to have more of the print visible.


Similar to the second photo, I wanted to stick with the greens and soft bokeh theme.

I had tons of fun at this shoot, but I would like to learn more about how studio lights and how they can make a difference in product photography.