“This photographer takes soul-stirring portraits of patients and their caregivers”
Read the interview by SG Magazine

“40 years between photos for couple”
Kelvin Lim’s work for the elderly reviewed in The Straits Times

“Kelvin creates with heart.”
~ Li Li Chung, Founder, Exactly Foundation

Clients speak

  • “The images of the female body are subtle, delicate and sublime, totally unlike pictures of similar genres that I have seen elsewhere. They speak of deep appreciation for one of the finest creations in the Universe. “

    ~ Patricia Tan

  • “Simple, plain images that capture every possible human emotion”

    ~ Dewi Loho

  • “Kelvin is a genius at capturing the epitome of female beauty. You will never feel uncomfortable expressing yourself during the photoshoot as you will be encouraged to be yourself while he captures natural beauty at its best.”

    ~ Kelly Te

  • “Very professional. The studio was very stylish, comfortable and private with every effort made to make me feel at ease. All I had to do was show up, relax and take my directions from Kelvin and Elaine!”

    ~ Sharon Seah

  • “Despite having a female photographer last time, I felt way more at ease with Kelvin”

    ~ Felicia Fenner

  • “Other then Kelvin’s skill, what I’m really happy about was very much the friendship and sincerity.
    Very highly recommend!”

    ~ Marilyn Liew

  • “We were so comfortable that we both forgot we were being photographed and were just lost in the moment and in a world of our own”

    ~ Stephen & Sze-Hui

  • “He presented a different beauty in me that I didn’t know existed… definitely a great birthday gift and for me to muse on when I am old.”

    ~ Lynn Sim

  • “We did 9 photoshoots with Kelvin & Elaine and we will continue to do more ?”

    ~ Vanessa Ong

  • “Kelvin and Elaine makes a photoshoot seem like a nice long relaxed chitchat session with good friends!”

    ~ Clarissa Choh

  • “Ten years and five albums later, I’m more convinced than ever that Kelvin is the best choice ever!!”

    ~ Michelle, Roel & family

  • “I never felt sooo beautiful!! You could look at the photos over and over again and it always gives you this ‘on top of the world’ feeling.”

    ~ Shamila

  • “Kelvin Lim is my favourite photographer, not just because of his artistry but also because of who he is and the causes he stands by”

    ~ Julie Kee

  • “Each photo had a certain depth to it, expressing our honest emotions and personalities.”

    ~ Daniel & Yi Fang

  • “Every photoshoot was filled with so much fun and laughter, the friendship, bond and trust between us is something I really treasure”

    ~ June Ang

  • “I can’t imagine being photographed by anyone else”

    ~ Doreen Yeo

  • “Kelvin is a photographer you can grow old with.”

    ~ Yeo Wan Hui

  • “I will always remember today as a special one in which you inspired me with your art, and moved me with your humanity and kindness.”

    ~ Simcha Udwin

Full reviews

“This very special photographer possesses qualities of a counsellor.”

(Reflections by Shiow Mei, courageous victim of breast cancer and counsellor to fellow survivors)

By chance, I was invited to participate in a photo shooting session.

On the very day, my husband and I turned out at the studio and I rang the doorbell. A middle age gentlemen received us at the doorway and introduced himself as the photographer.

We were led to a sofa and comfortably seated in the studio just like any other studio that you could image. The photographer was sitting in his director chair across the room.

We started off with some light conversation before I know I have already engaged into stories recapturing my encounters and life experience with the life threatening disease.

Through a magical combination of similarities and differences, the photographer open out an unknown which offered us as a couple the opportunity to surface what we have been doing and yet was not talked about.

I received lots of unconditional acceptance of me and my husband as a couple for who we are and the commitment we have put into each other, to provide the quality life which I wish to have. It helped to reconnect our relationship.

This very special photographer possesses qualities of a counsellor. He was like a mirror, reflecting back to me. And the differences allow us as couple to see other options and make choices about who we want to be as a couple. We learn to accept the parts of each other we love and the parts of each other that don’t resonate with us. To me it is a valuable learning experience.

It is true that, by understanding when someone’s life differs from our own, we can learn about ourselves in contrast. That mirror reflection may be hard to take, but a good listener helps us find ways we can change and supports us in that choice.

Many times we say “good friends enrich our lives”. Now I will add another dimension to it. “People who cares to listen and understand enrich our Lives”

Thank you Kelvin and Elaine for the wonderful and memorable photographing session.


“More than a physical experience, it is an empowerment of the female persona.”

(Patricia Tan – sensual portraits)

It was a session that I had booked in mid May. For someone who had ever owned only one set of bikini, it was a big step forward. A boudoir was something that was on my mind for a few months when I chanced upon Kelvin’s Facebook page.

My pre-wedding photographer 13 years ago, Kelvin’s sense of aesthetics and eye for beauty has not changed. If anything, he has brought them to a higher level. What greeted my eyes were works of art.

The images of the soft female body are subtle, delicate and sublime, totally unlike pictures of similar genres that I have seen elsewhere. They speak of a deep appreciation for one of the finest creations in the Universe. 

I told myself I wanted someone like that if I ever took such pictures.

A boudoir is nothing like other forms of photography. It’s something that is exciting to do, but could easily make one feel vulnerable at any point. Kelvin had struck me as a humble and phlegmatic person when he took my pre-wedding pictures. It was the very same disposition that put me at ease very quickly at the boudoir session. Elaine, too, has a gift in making people comfortable and uninhibited despite being new and initially nervous to such a shoot.

Kelvin’s creative use of lights and his adventurous exploration of poses and angles never ceases to amaze me. I saw myself in ways I never did.

For the first time in my life, I finally got to appreciate my own body.

I felt like a first-time reader of a Harry Potter book, full of awe and wonder at my own expressions and body I never knew.

A boudoir is an intimate experience with oneself. More than a physical experience, it is an empowerment of the female persona. Like what some say,”Every woman should do a boudoir.” And I concur, after my experience with Kelvin.

Thank you, Kelvin. Like how I had felt about you when I first met you 13 years ago, my verdict remains the same: You are. The best.


“I felt a moment of lightness. Of liberation, of freedom.”

(Dewi Loho, Entrepreneur, Poet, Traveling Yogi – sensual portraits)

Some years ago, a few months before I turned 30, I decided to take a photo. Not just a regular beauty photography, I wanted an artistic photo. I wanted to freeze the time and to have something to look at a few decades down the road to remind me of who I was.

So the search for the right photographer began. I was trying to find someone suited for my vision, someone whose portfolio capture my eyes and speak to my heart. And one day he popped out of my computer screen. Simple, plain images that capture every possible human emotions in a play of monochromatic colors.

He was more than just a photographer.

He was an artist.

He was a painter.

He was a poet.

The photos were nudes.

So I thought, I have to meet this person. I wanted to know how he created those images that speak so clearly of love, passion, joy, dream, and melancholy. How can he capture those emotions so clearly? To create a poetry out of monochromatic colored images that really show the character of the object.

My first meeting with him was filled with awkward and quiet moments. He was a very reserved, quiet and shy person. He let his works do the talking for him but somehow, I felt secure. Somehow, I felt that he would be the right person to help me realized my vision.

He said to me “You can’t force a moment. You can’t force a pose. All you can do is speak from the heart and let the moment come to you. Then, sometimes, magic happens”

On the day, I was reluctant. I was a little bit scared. But the moment I stepped into the studio, my mood changed. It could be the lighting. It could be the music, but most importantly it was him. His quiet presence slowly melt the ice as I finally relaxed.

Taking off pieces of the threads covering my skin until there were none.

As I gradually emerged from the comfort of the layering garments, I felt a moment of lightness. Of liberation, of freedom. A comfortable feeling of being in your own skin without having to worry about what other people may think.

At that very moment, there was only me, him and the camera lens capturing every moment.

What I experienced was a mind blowingly fun, carefree and uninhibited session which lasted hours and full of laughters.

What began as a shy smile and awkward moments turned into a transformative session, and what was intended as just a photo session has transformed beyond the ordinary, allowing me to fully expressed the inner feeling and be true to myself. To bare the mask, put forward my best smile, and be the person I never thought I have inside.

Through the images, I saw a person who is so different from the one I know and I am glad that I finally get to meet her.

Sometimes it takes another person’s pair of eyes, and a couple of lenses, to become your own true mirror. To take away the fear, to infuse love, and to allow magic to happen.

After all, freedom comes when you allow yourself to be free.

You owe yourself your own freedom.


Despite having a female photographer last time, I felt way more at ease with Kelvin.”

(Felicia Fenner – maternity portraits)

It’s been a real pleasure having Kelvin do my maternity photo shoot.

The entire experience has been nothing short of amazing.

The makeup artist he works with is brilliant and very accommodating too.

Kelvin was very professional throughout the shoot, and really took his time so we were very comfortable with each other. And it really shows in the photos.

I had a previous maternity shoot with another studio and despite having a female photographer last time, I felt way more at ease with Kelvin.

Also I wasn’t given any time limit – he keeps his entire day free when you book him for a shoot.
  And the photos turned out really amazing.

I am so glad I decided to do a maternity shoot with Kelvin this pregnancy despite having doubts because of how my previous one went. 
He managed to capture the beauty and the memory of this very special period of my life and for that I am so very grateful.

His name isn’t the first one which pops up when one does a google search for maternity photographers which is a shame because more people ought to know about him. He really has a great eye for beauty. Thank you so much for the stunning photos Kelvin.


“The most beautifully empowering session I have ever had”

(Delphine Supanya, Entrepreneur, Medical Intuitive – sensual portraits)

My photo session with Kelvin and Elaine was the most beautifully empowering session I have ever had. So unexpected and such a memorable experience.

Kelvin and Elaine are such kind people who created a space for me to feel safe to be myself so that I could express myself in the most natural manner.

Kelvin captured such beautiful images of me in so many angles that I did not get to see before (with my own eyes). It is interesting, we really do not know what we look like when we are ourselves.

Through this photoshoot, I got to witness today how beautiful I am and how much I have changed. I got to see what other people see and understand more about myself and how I show up in this world.

Thank you Elaine and Kelvin for this gift. We humans are all Works of Art, within and without. We see this in others but never in ourselves. I recommend such a photo session to anyone who wants to witness and/or remember just how beautiful they are. I will be forever grateful for this experience and cherish it dearly.

 


“We were joking and chatting like old friends”

(Julie Kee, Journalist – personal/couples’ portraits)

My husband, Alex, and I had never taken proper studio shots before. When we got married in 1993, we were fresh grads in Perth, totally broke and could not afford fancy photoshoots. I recall flipping through a directory of photographers, making a few phone calls and choosing the cheapest one available.

This time, it was different. After I read a notice my friend forwarded, about Kelvin’s offer to shoot for charity, I checked up on Kelvin’s work. His artistic approach was exactly what I was looking for. What made it even easier to decide to take up Kelvin’s offer was knowing that my money would go to a good cause – to help the tsunami victims in Japan.

So one Sunday in December last year, we spent a delightful afternoon with Kelvin. He asked if we wanted to play our favourite tunes to set the mood. So with our favourite romantic tunes playing in the background, we went through several clothing changes over a span of three hours.

Kelvin made us feel comfortable. Throughout the session, we were joking and chatting like old friends, and sharing with him significant bits of our lives.

Ballroom dance is a large part of my life, as is aikido to Alex’s. So we incorporated these two elements to the photoshoot. Kelvin managed to include both formal and casual photos, and even something a little sexy and romantic too!

What resulted from that afternoon is a lovely album, our first professionally compiled one, a beautiful keepsake. It was the perfect way to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary!

 


“The photoshoot marked a new milestone in my life”

(Yanjun – personal portraits)

This personal photoshoot was done after many years of consideration. And I’m glad I waited!

The pictures really captured me the way I would like to be portrayed – at ease being myself and unafraid of sharing my passions in life.

Friends and family members tell me that the pictures spoke great depth about my love for music and I knew that the photoshoot had marked a new milestone in my music and my life.

Thanks Kelvin, you are a really good photographer and you have such an eye for beauty in people! I’m amazed at how the photos turned out and I have to say, the memories of the photoshoot and the pictures will remain with me for a long time.

 


“Portraits that tug at our heartstrings”

(Huat & Serene – family portraits)

Thank you for editing everything so beautifully. We were amazed…I really love it!!! Thank you SO MUCH for spending the extra time and effort–we can see the heart and passion you put into ensuring that each picture captured us in a most authentic and memorable way.

When we approached you to take these photos, we wanted to have pictures that could reflect the way our families and we were at this present moment in the most genuine way possible. You definitely did that and gave us a treasure-box filled with portraits; portraits that make us laugh, feel all warm inside and tug at our heartstrings.

It means so much to us that even though Huat and I will be apart for the next few months, we can look at these pictures, feel each other’s presence and smile.

We admire your work and the passion you have for the art you create everyday. We are so happy we chose to do this with you!

 


“Emotionally connected…”

(KC [the joker] & Ling – sensual portraits)

We have been wanting to have our portrait photos taken by Kelvin ever since we saw some of his works. We have high expectations even before coming into the session.

The actual day shoot session was actually more fun than we expected as he & Elaine are warm & friendly & we feel like we have been friends for years.

The tough part, surprisingly, was the photo selection as many of the photo turns out so well and it was so hard for us to choose. We wanted all! Ling looked gorgeous in all the photos. She said she is emotionally connected to the photos & I’m not surprised.

For us, Kelvin has passed our “test” with flying colours even when we had set the standard high.

 


“Our kids were running amuck with him!”

(Rod, Jen, Gab, Aly – family portraits)

When we first met Kelvin, we thought he was different and to a degree “weird” as some might say. Kelvin wasn’t our first choice wedding photographer when we were searching for one. We were quite specific with our criteria because we’re not models and do not want pose-y photos. We want to be able to look back at our photos 20 years later and go.. “Yup, that’s us!”.

Most photographers we spoke to immediately showed us their works or prices and told us what he/she can do for us. Kelvin was different; he took the time to sit with us and encouraged us to share our thoughts with him.

Then, came the day of our photo shoot. We actually had fun, he made us feel at ease and we soon realised that he is actually quite a funny guy! We trusted his “vision through his camera” and gave him the freedom to use his creativity.

Judgement day arrived and we were initially worried we may not like the outcome but we were pleasantly surprised at how the photos turned out!

Couple of years later, Gabriel was born and we wanted to do a family portrait. I immediately thought of Kelvin. I’ve been following Kelvin’s work and was very impressed with his strive for perfection in every photograph he takes. I believe he is a very versatile photographer. Again, he proved us right and we were all very happy with his work. We loved the way he captures the “moments” with Gabriel!

A few years on, we had our 2nd born, Alyssa. We decided to ‘update’ our family portrait but we weren’t sure if our kids were a little too young to “sit” through a session.

Kelvin was very patient and in the end, our kids were running amuck with him!

We absolutely loved the expressions that he captured of them and the photos speak for themselves! At the end of the day, every photo is like a work of art and Kelvin is truly the Artist.

 


“Wonderful memories we will never forget”

(Cindy Chan – wedding/personal/friends’ portraits)

I first got to know Kelvin when I was shopping for a pre-wedding shoot photographer. I met up with a few and felt most comfortable with Kelvin. He is so friendly and put me at ease despite this was our first meeting.

I told him my biggest concern was how the photographer can get my hubby to be natural and he assured me that I don’t have to worry about it at all. On the day of the shoot, not only did he managed to capture many good shots of my hubby, he also managed to click very well with him. At the end of the shoot, they were like old friends sharing jokes and chatting away!

Kelvin not only gave us lots of beautiful photos to keep but also wonderful memories we will never forget.

Friends and relatives love the album he created for us!

Recently, I decided to give my girlfriends a surprise for their birthday by arranging a group photo shoot with Kelvin. Kelvin and Elaine are so friendly and approachable, they put everyone at ease. My girlfriends were very impressed with Kelvin’s portfolio and totally enjoyed themselves during the shoot. We simply love the photos he took for us!

Kelvin is definitely a wonderful artist who is creative and passionate about his work.

Thank you Kelvin! I will definitely recommend my friends to you!


“Photos that bring out the character of a person”

(Zen Xu – personal/friends’ portraits)

Natural & beautiful photos that bring out the character of the person & essence of life. I have discovered a different perspective of my friends and myself.

Kelvin is professional & patient. We had so much fun during the shoot without feeling tense. Thanks Kelvin!


“Great sense of humour”

(Hwee Yinn – personal/friends’/wedding portraits)

Kelvin, you are really an awesome artist!

We had such a wonderful time during the shots. Your great sense of humour and fun-loving nature really allow us to enjoy our photoshoot to the max!

Really happy and excited after viewing all the photos as you have caught exactly what we are looking for. All the natural and candid moments – we just love it!

Thanks so much for the wonderful experience!


“The epitome of female beauty”

(Kelly Te, Entrepreneur – sensual portraits)

I was most impressed by the humility and professionalism of Kelvin. I entrusted kelvin with the task of taking both corporate photos for my team and also personal sensual shots.

The outcome is nothing short of amazing and exceeds my expectations. To me, Kelvin has shown that he can take – not just the best of sensual or boudoir photos, but also great natural team and portraits shots suitable for corporate webpage. Every of my team members” personalities were uniquely illustrated through the photos!

Kelvin is authentic in his own ways and you will never feel uncomfortable expressing yourself during the photoshoots as you will be encouraged to be yourself while he captures natural beauty at its best. To me, Kelvin is a genius at capturing the epitome of female beauty.

After this first photoshoot experience, I do not think I can go to another photographer again.

So thank you Kelvin and Elaine! for making my first so fun and memorable.. I know that we will have a lasting relationship together down the memory lane ?


“You moved me with your humanity and kindness”

(Simcha Udwin, cancer survivor – sensual portraits)

Elaine and Kelvin – You saw how blown away I am by your incredible talent, and generosity toward me tonight. I will always remember tonight as a special one in which you inspired me with your art, and moved me with your humanity and kindness.

I am sure I will love photo after photo.
I already look forward to the next time I seek you.

I know you spent much more time with me tonight than you usually do in a session. You picked me up around 2:45 and we went until nearly 9pm.

I am so grateful there are people like you in the world. You deserve every success and long lifetimes of wonderful health.

You’ve made a new friend.

 


“10 years and 5 albums later…”

(Michelle, Roel, Laura, Louise – family portraits)

Ten years and five albums later, I’m more convinced than ever that Kelvin is the best choice ever!! Ever accommodating to our requests, his photos always capture us at our most natural and beautiful moments. Couldn’t be more grateful that we met him a decade ago.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you Kelvin for documenting or growth as a family. And more importantly, for making our society a better place with your altruism.

 


“Beautiful reminders in the journey of self-discovery”

(Cora Scheiern – sensual portraits)

I had searched many sites for boudoir photos but when I got to Kelvin’s I admired his work and knew immediately he was all about capturing the human form, human essence in his photos. To do this successfully requires experience, an intuitive eye and feeling of the person being photographed.

I knew my story would be captured with Kelvin expert and professional approach.

He’s an artist and a magician at the same time. I will definitely come back in a few years to take new ones, to reflect my life journey and have beautiful reminders of where I am at in the process of self discovery.

Highly recommend – everyone should be photographed by Kelvin. His beautiful wife Elaine is a great complement to the process and draws out the best of the person being portrayed.

 

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