Photography and videography companies call for more social activities to be allowed


ALTHOUGH outdoor and indoor photography and videography services were recently given the nod to carry out their shootings, specifically for weddings, several owners of this business have called for the authorities to allow other social activities to be organised as well.


Penang Wedding Professionals Association (PWPA) president and co-founder Low Chin Siang, when interviewed by Buletin Mutiara, said social gatherings encompass other important players as well, such as event planners, florists, gown designers, make-up artists and others.


“It’s good that the authorities have allowed indoor and outdoor shootings for newlyweds, but it is hoped they will also allow other social activities to be organised.


“This industry that we are in is huge, and it is not just us photographers and videographers who are involved. It is a whole big family working together to make special days even more special for families.


“When more social activities are allowed, then other players in this industry can make a living once again. It is one of the most badly hit areas during this Covid-19 pandemic.


“We understand that times are still bad, but it is possible if the authorities impose strict standard operating procedures (SOPs),” Low said during a phone interview session with Buletin Mutiara.


Meanwhile, WLoon Photography founder Tan Wooi Loon hoped for the same as well.


“I believe the authorities can take one step at a time to accommodate other key social event players as well,” he said.


On a separate matter, Tan said ever since reopening his shop for indoor and outdoor shootings for weddings, the response has been quite encouraging.


“People have started enquiring, and for the past one week, I have received calls from over 20 families, trying to book slots for the shootings.


“This is a good sign and I hope it will only get better in the days to come,” Tan added.


He has been operating his business for more than 10 years now in Butterworth.


Story by Kevin Vimal
Pix courtesy of business owners