"To do the work as a photographer, you need to be someone who wants to freeze moments forever in time. To be passionate and fascinated by the images in life when you have a camera in your hands are the traits an individual needs to be an extraordinary photographer."
A hip injury arising from marathon training back in 2012 was pure serendipity and, as events turned out, most timely. In a bid to fill the void as I missed my running, I invested in my first DSLR camera and began to capture moments that thrilled me and the people in my community – sporting events.
With a surprisingly uncanny ability to bring smiles to everyone’s faces when they saw me and my lens on the sidelines, the intensity in my enjoyment for photography grew quickly and I began to utilise my expertise as a website designer to develop my skills.
Since then, I started up Paparazzi on the Run – a sports photography business that I can proudly say has developed into a prosperous venture by being able to tell the stories of athletes with a single image. However, now I’m at a chapter in my life where I want to go beyond the athletes, go beyond the genre and reach further than ever before.
Now having expanded into wedding and portraiture photography with my latest endeavour Dennis Tan Creative, my philosophy behind the camera is to allow cherished moments in people’s lives to be captured on film with a rawness so great, they feel they are back in that exact moment when they see the image. To me, this genre of photography is about discovering and embracing the freedom of people’s emotions, and the fulfilment of providing my clients a result that is beyond their expectations is what purely, and simply, makes me happy.
In addition to taking pride in my photographic work, I’m a genuine, fun and warm guy who loves his comfort food and finds himself singing subconsciously (give me a bucket of KFC chicken and I’ll be yours forever!). Although now retired from serious sports, I still look back at my time as an athlete and give thanks to what I’ve achieved – 3 Ironman triathlons and 10 marathons. Oddly enough, despite most of my time now committed to professional photography, the majority of my family and friends don’t want to believe I’m not racing anymore. They’re all convinced I’ll come out of retirement to return like John Farnham out of the ashes.
And if you’re most curious about the logo of Dennis Tan Creative, it’s my name 丰 in Chinese, and it means ‘abundant’!
So now that you know a bit about me, I’d love to learn a little bit about you! Being the person to capture the raw emotion of your wedding, or the true essence of you and your loved ones in a portrait you’ll want to turn into an heirloom, would make me most humbled and honoured.
AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer