Discover how EOS Professional and commercial/lifestyle photographer, Matthew Teo, developed his photography style and sharp ability to view subjects from unique and refreshing perspectives.

Tell us about your journey thus far as a photographer.

Upon graduation from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2007, I have garnered my first award from Hasselblad, and was one of the youngest photographers selected to represent Singapore for the Month of Photography in the same year.

My photography style integrates quirky elements and innovative concepts with fashion. I am greatly inspired individuals with a lust for life and devoted most of my work to capture the human condition.

Canon EOS-1D Mark III | Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM | F/4 | ISO 800 | 1/100s

Canon EOS 5D Mark II |Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM | F/8 | ISO 100 | 1/100s

Canon EOS 5D Mark II | F/4 | ISO 2000 | 1/85s

Such intriguing style and amiable character has led me to recent contributions in editorials such as Surface New York, Designare, Homme, as well as commercial advertisements for Lenovo, National Healthcare Group, National Trades Union Congress, Scoot, Sentosa, Garnier, British Airways, Development Bank of Singapore, and Ashley Isham.

What got you started into photography?

My dad got a me a digital compact camera when I was about 16 and it got me hooked. I was an impatient young lad and loved seeing the instantaneous results on screen.

You photograph a lot of people, are you able to learn more about a person through photographing them?

The process of shooting “real” people compared to professional models is a pretty intimate process. It requires a certain amount of time and effort to “break” and mould the subjects to your vision and in the process, you learn more of the subject.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II |Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM | F/2 | ISO 400 | 1/1600s

When shooting a subject, what are key aspects or features you look out for?

Depending on the brief, a combination of lighting, expression, wardrobe and environment is vital to making an image. For example, if we are on location, I would prefer to shoot from 3-6pm or 7am- 10am when the lighting is a lot softer and pleasant on subjects.

Canon EOS 5DS R | Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM | F/10 | ISO 400 | 1/250s

Tell us the 3 must-have camera equipment you use.

  1. Canon EOS 5DS R – this camera is stunning and provides just the right amount of resolution when my clients need to blow up the prints to billboard size.
  2. Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM – This is a must have in every photographer’s inventory, its known as the “one lens kills all”.
  3. And finally – the Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM.

Where do you draw your artistic inspirations from? Who are the people or photographers that have influenced your photography style?

From everywhere actually, these days I have been looking at more painters and poetry for inspiration. Francis Ng Teck Yong, Ryan Mcginley, Wee Teck Hian and Jimmy Fok are some of the key artists that have influenced my photography style.

Canon EOS-1D Mark III | F/2.8 | ISO 1000 | 1/60s

Canon EOS-1D Mark III | Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM | F/3.2 | ISO 800 | 1/100s

What are 3 things you would tell aspiring commercial/lifestyle photographers?

Work hard, be a salesman and be open to new trends! With intense competition, these days it’s no longer enough to be just a photographer. You need to create a brand and a style, sell yourself as well as be kept updated on the latest trends in the market as clients’ demands are changing very fast.


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