American Way - Cover Story

This commission marks my first major North American cover photo, which I think is a landmark that I never really thought possible when I started many years ago. This 16 page feature for American Airlines’ in-flight magazine was a real trial with the Hong Kong weather being as unhelpful as ever, but we made it through in the end!

Photography has now taken me all over the world for work, but sometimes there’s no place quite like home. Pictured are five incredible local talents, Thierry Chow (cover), Justin Sweeting, Fanny Moritz, Antonio Lai of Quinary and Chef Vicky Lau of Tate Dining Room.


Working with people of this calibre, with a client who allows the flexibility to create something special from Hong Kong’s unique urban terrain, makes for the kind of job I love.

10 Hong Kong Photographers to Follow Now - Instagram

Although I’ve been rather less engaging on Instagram the last year, thank you to Prestige HK for naming me one of “10 Hong Kong Photographers to Follow Now”. Wedding and child photography will always form the core of my services but I’m delighted that my social media continues to command accolades like this.

The full article can be found here.

Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia

I recently had the pleasure of spending several nights in Cambodia, hosted by the wonderful people at Shinta Mani. The jewel in the crown of their Cambodian properties is most certainly Shinta Mani Wild, a Bill Bensley-curated property nested in the verdant jungle lands in the Cambodian south. After a visit to Siem Reap, and their amazing Shinta Mani Angkor property, we were whisked to the wondrous lands of Wild, the week before their soft opening in December 2018. Here are some photos which I took as part of that journey, which really reinvigorated my passion to create exceptional lifestyle and hospitality imagery.


A spectacular homage to the untouched beauty of Cambodia’s most fertile jungles, this tribute to sustainability made every moment there feel like breathing air for the first time. The shackles of urban life, melted away at this ode to glamping at its most opulent. I found myself thinking how much of this world can still amaze and tantalise. This was never more clear than when we trekked into the surrounding lands with Wildlife Alliance, on the trail of dangerous poachers and their crude traps. That juxtaposition really opened my eyes.

Shinta Mani Wild, captured exclusively by Justin Lim, December 2018

Shinta Mani Wild, captured exclusively by Justin Lim, December 2018

Thank you to Amanda Ho, Editor-in-Chief of Electrify Magazine, for organising this retreat into Wild, and for being the perfect travel companion. Amanda is someone whose experience in terms of how to approach ethical lifestyle travelling is beyond reproach, and I believe she always beneficially informs my own experience as a lifestyle and wedding photographer.

For details as to travel and luxury commissions, contact me at justin [at]

#ElectrifyGetaways X #LifestyleRetreats


This summer I was indulged once more by a travel experience courtesy of #ElectrifyGetaways and #LifestyleRetreats. Although I have often travelled to Bali in my spare time, on this occasion I saw the island from a very different perspective. Delighted to share these candids from my week-long adventure with you - a real privilege to collaborate with influencers and creatives of this calibre.

From the intimate, wellness-driven privacy of The Samata, to the sprawling natural reserve that was The Menjangan, this was an ode to Bali's diversity. After 7 days of gorgeous, sun-drenched vistas, it finished with a day at The Bale Nusa Dua, the jewel in the Lifestyle Retreats crown.

Having now been entertained by Lifestyle Retreats on two occasions this year, I can only marvel at their commitment to Bali's unique terra firma and the people who build their lives and families around the resorts. This was particularly true of The Menjangan, where the resort makes active efforts to improve the lives of the indigenous West Bali people, through education and infrastructure.

I consider myself fortunate that my photography continues to take me around the globe in such memorable ways.



Although I rarely post my personal work on this site nowadays, I thought I would share this. Shooting this week with one of my favourite models, Samantha. We tend to thrive in that kind of chemistry that produces photos of real character. Here, some manual lens work at The Kandid Social, on a day that went from grey to sunny.

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Justin Lim Photography - 500px IG Takeover

It is not a bad thing to be busy, although it sometimes means I'm spread a bit too thin. In between shoots for MR PORTER, Shanghai Tang, Mandarin Oriental HK and many more, I was asked to take over the IG page of 500px, the world's fastest growing photography site with 7m dedicated users. Tremendous honour and accolade, and something I'm always very proud to do as an ambassador for HK and wider Asia.

MR PORTER at The Kandid

A recent special commission from worldwide fashion powerhouse MR PORTER in conjunction with Uber and Art Basel HK. Loved shooting this at The Kandid with my full array of props. The subsequent posts on MR PORTER's Instagram generated close to 10k likes.

For enquiries as to my content creation services for social media platforms, email me at

500px - Guest Editor for March 2016

Photography is a competitive business. There are a lot of photographers out there, which is why the rare accolades that come from your peers are all the more worthwhile. Thank you to - the world's most dynamic and influential photography platform - for naming me their Guest Editor for the month of March 2016. I am delighted to be curating moments on their Editor's Choice gallery for them for the next few weeks.

To see some of my choices, check out the Editor's Choice page on

Emirates - Open Skies, January 2016 Feature

I find it a little strange to be regarded as an "entrepreneur", as my dedication to my photography is my foremost concern, one which I also regard as very much influenced by traditional artistry rather than entrepreneurial endeavours. Nonetheless, I am extremely honoured to be featured by Emirates Airlines for the month of January 2016 in their Open Skies in-flight magazine. It's definitely a nod to some of the more diverse projects I've been conducting via The Kandid, which have been interesting detours from my typical wedding and baby briefs.

To read the full article, click here.

Sculpture Park Living

I was recently invited by New World Development to showcase my block building skills, as part of a feature on the notion of Sculpture Park Living in Hong Kong. This was a rare foray into life on the other side of the camera!

If you are interested in playing the game and winning a chance to fly to London to visit the sculpture park in Yorkshire, visit and follow the game rules on the relevant post on my FB page.

You can also see the following video in which I talk about a Hong Kong sculpture park in the following video, which features several feted Hong Kong based creatives:

Overall a very worthwhile experience given my commitment to open spaces and my design experience with The Kandid!