Patrick Pu (sounds like "Pooh") is a freelance photographer based out of the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles, California. Primary specialization covers on-location portraiture and event photography, which includes engagement & weddings, party & nightlife coverage, commercial (product & fashion) photography, graduation ceremonies, and headshots.
The concept behind the name Define Patism originated back in college. The meaning is two-fold; producing a consistent quality of work, but always adapting & flowing like water so as not to become stale. My photography style is also two-fold; a combination of planned and candid photography. Active in seeking out specific lighting and posing one moment, and then switching off to blend in the background and let the event take its course.
I majored in graphic design at Cal Poly Pomona. The digital workflow - color correction, Photoshop retouching, and graphic layouts - are all accomplished by my own hands. Products such as album design & galley wrap layouts are personally designed without the use of any pre-existing templates. Oftentimes, photoshoots are shot specifically with the product in mind.
I am a firm believer that there has to be life and texture to a person in a photograph. As such retouching follows a natural look and feel, a quality often lost when the transition from film to digital came to pass. My outlook of photography is that you should be able to show photos to your grandchildren and honestly say that you used to look that way. Though this isn't to say that I am against the wizardry that is photo retouching. Photoshopping should be like makeup, not plastic surgery. Love the way you look, and I try to capture that, whether behind the camera or in post-production.