Client Work: NUSS The Graduate Club

Posted on February 19th, by Danny Santos II in Client Work. 42 comments

National University of Singapore Society

NUSS is Singapore’s premier alumni membership club for local and recognized foreign universities. They have 4 clubhouses, the latest of which is the one in Suntec City. Prior to launching, I was commissioned to take lifestyle photographs around the premises for publicity purposes.

Shooting “Don’t Smile” Faces

Posted on February 11th, by Danny Santos II in Exhibit, Personal Project. 13 comments

Don't Smile by Danny Santos II
One of the images that are on display in the Don’t Smile exhibit is a collage of 105 non-smiling faces, all of which were photographed through a studio setup in tcc in a span of 3 Saturdays. This involved an open call for faces… and all they had to do was look in the camera and don’t smile.

Don’t Smile! Exhibit – My First Photo Exhibition

Posted on January 29th, by Danny Santos II in Exhibit, Personal Project. 25 comments

Don't Smile - a photography exhibition by Danny Santos II
Ever since I started photography, it has always been a dream to have my photographs printed up large and posted on the wall. Just last week, that dream came true with the Don’t Smile! Photo Exhibition, my first solo show featuring images from my Portraits of Strangers project.

Open Call for Faces!

Posted on November 25th, by Danny Santos II in Open Call, Personal Project. 2 comments

Open Call for Faces

I’m currently working on a portrait photography project and I need volunteers to pose for me. All I need you to do is to look in the camera and don’t smile :) It will only take 10 minutes of your time. If you’re interested, please select a time slot here:

The photo shoot will be held in tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto “The Gallery” @ 51 Circular Road, Singapore.. on Saturdays, 30th Nov and 7th Dec, between 11am to 7pm. A photo studio will be set up inside the outlet.

I hope to see you guys there :)

Review: Shooting with the Nokia Lumia 1020

Posted on October 9th, by Danny Santos II in Review. 12 comments

Nokia Lumia 1020 Review
A few weeks ago, I received an email from Ujwal of FleishmanHillard, asking if I’d be interested to collaborate for their client, a major mobile phone company who’s about to launch an exciting new device this month. She also mentioned that the device has a 41 megapixel camera sensor. I knew immediately she was referring to the Nokia Lumia 1020. So of course, I said yes.

Shooting a Video Fashion Lookbook for Honoré

Posted on October 2nd, by Danny Santos II in Client Work, Fashion, video. 9 comments

Honore Video Lookbook

A few months ago, I photographed a lookbook for new fashion label Honoré Paris. They now have a new collection in line and approached me to shoot another lookbook for them… but this time they wanted to include video. I’ve never really done any video work before, but I always wanted to and thought this was an exciting opportunity to try it out. So yeah, I said to myself… I’ll just wing it and see what happens :)

Shooting Candids Around School

Posted on August 20th, by Danny Santos II in Client Work. 14 comments

Nexus International School collage
One of the more interesting experiences I had with client work lately was shooting candids around a school. I was commissioned by Nexus International School to take photos of their students in action to use for their website. It was almost like shooting street, but done inside the campus.

‘The Clock Strikes Four’ Exhibit

Posted on June 6th, by Danny Santos II in Exhibit. 5 comments

Danny Santos Exhibit

I was invited to be one of the artists to present their work for ‘The Clock Strikes Four’ – a series of gatherings by Plain Vanilla Bakery. For the next few weeks, each invitees will be sharing their work and telling their story. The group is composed of a good variety of artists, from photographer to singer/songwriter, to storyteller, and more.

Review: Shooting Street with the Sony RX1

Posted on April 15th, by Danny Santos II in Review. 15 comments

Sony RX1 Street Photography

Of all my years of shooting in the street with my trusty DSLR workhorse, I’ve slowly come up with a wish list of features that would make it easier for me to capture keepers. The top 2 on the list are: a smaller camera body, and a full-frame sensor. So when I heard about the release of the Sony RX1, which basically combines these 2 features, I was crazy excited. And just recently, I had the chance to test drive this baby for a couple of weeks.

Shooting a Book Cover for Jim Rogers

Posted on March 17th, by Danny Santos II in Client Work. 13 comments


A few months ago, I was contacted by Michael, Art Director of Random House Inc based in New York. He had an author in Singapore and needed a photograph for the cover of his upcoming book called “Street Smarts”. I was crazy excited about it, it was my first time to shoot for a book cover. But it was only later that I felt I might be biting more than I could chew when I realized the guy who wrote the book was Jim Rogers – Wall Street legend, worldwide adventurer, best-selling author.

Shooting for a New Fashion Label: Honoré

Posted on February 26th, by Danny Santos II in Client Shoot, Fashion. 16 comments

Honoré Fashion Label
I was commissioned to shoot a new indie Parisian fashion label called Honoré. They wanted to create a lookbook with a sort of street vide similar to some of my candid photos. Now I haven’t really done a lot of fashion photography. The closest I got to it was shooting strangers in the streets as if the street was a catwalk. So I guess when you hire a guy used to shooting street photography to do fashion, you sort of get a little bit of both genres.

Our D.I.Y. Pre-wedding Photoshoot

Posted on January 22nd, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Pre-wedding. 27 comments

Danny and Kathleen's Pre-Wedding Photos
As we were planning our wedding last year, friends would often jokingly ask me “So… will you be photographing your own wedding?” I thought: of course not, that would be close to impossible. But shooting our own pre-wedding photos was a different story. There would be a lot of limitations to work around with, but I thought what the heck… let’s just try it out. At the very least, we would have fun doing it, right? So we did.