Top celebrities I've snapped as a luxury event photographer in Hong Kong

Events photographer Hong Kong - Mariah Carey
04 May 2018

If ever there was a good place to be a luxury event photographer, it’s Hong Kong. Using this great city as my base, I’ve had the honor of working on countless big ticket events and photographing a whole host of VIPs. Here’s a little taster of some of the top celebrities I’ve snapped while working as a luxury events photographer in Hong Kong.

 

Donnie Yen and Keanu Reeves

This photo, which gained fame as “Ip Man Vs The Matrix”, really put me on the celebrity photographer map in 2012. I was covering the red carpet of the Power of Film, a charity event sponsored by Moet and Chandon, when this amazing photo opportunity presented itself. Who wouldn’t want to see Donnie Yen as Ip Man face off against Keanu Reeves as Neo? After this, I was hooked, so I vowed to do everything in my power to work the event the following year as well.

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Ip Man and Keano Reeves

 

Uma Thurman

And work it I did, but this time I got to cover the red carpet and the event itself! The A-lister of the evening was Kill Bill star Uma Thurman, who was the personification of Hollywood Glamour in her red satin gown. Oh what a lady, oh what a night!

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Ip Uma Thurman

 

Fan Bingbing

The next year’s event looked east, with Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing being the guest of honor. She’s won multiple awards for her roles in Chinese films, but you’ll probably recognize her from X-Men: Days of Future Past, in which she plays Blink, a teleporting mutant. 

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Fan Bing bing

 

Joey Yung

In 2015 I was booked for the launch party of the Audi Q7 by a colleague, which rolled out Canto-pop legend Joey Yung as the star attraction — apart from the car, of course. Joey's widely considered to be the most successful female Canto-pop star of all time. If you don’t believe me, check out her Instagram account. You don’t get 700,000+ followers for nothing. She’s super talented!

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Joey Yung

 

Leonardo DiCaprio

In the same year, the opening of the $4.5 billion Studio City mega-complex in Macau added a load of A-listers to my scrapbook. Here’s Leo walking the red carpet with billionaire James Packer, the man behind the development, which comprises casinos, rides, a theatre and more. 

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Leonardo DiCaprio & James Packer

 

Mariah Carey

Eternal diva Mariah Carey performed at the same event, which wasn’t a huge surprise given the fact that she was dating Packer at the time. She looked incredible in a floor-length sequin gown, and she didn’t sound too shabby either. 

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Mariah Carey

 

Aaron Kwok

Also putting on a show and a half was Hong Kong singer/actor Aaron Kwok. This super talented guy is known as one of the “Four Heavenly Kings” of Hong Kong. His Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves were a treat to photograph!

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Aron Kwok

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Aron Kwok

 

Robert De Niro

Up until this point I’d managed to avoid getting too star struck, but that all ended with Robert De Niro, one of my favorite actors of all time. Here he is watching the show with the director of the Rush Hour movie series Brett Ratner on the left and legendary director Martin Scorsese in the far right.

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Robert De Niro

 

Akshay Kumar

With Hollywood, Chinese and Canto stars all covered, it was only natural that I worked my way towards the big Bollywood stars. In 2017 I was hired as the official photographer for DA-BANGG, an epic extravaganza of an all-Indian music and dance tour. The fans went so wild for actor, producer and martial artist Akshay Kumar that they lost their voices! He absolutely rocked it on stage with his army of pink ladies.

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Akshay Kumar

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Akshay Kumar

 

Salman Khan

But no-one could match the fever that the undisputed King of Bollywood inspires. Salman Khan performed several songs throughout the night, bringing serious star power and palpable hysteria every time. The Gentlemen’s Sultan is about as big as they get!

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Salman Khan

Events Photographer Hong Kong - Salman Khan

I always have a lot of fun photographing events in Hong Kong and the rest of the world, and I’d like to thank all those I’ve worked with over the years who have made it possible for me to do what I love. Long may the fun continue!

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