Sue Anna Joe was born in 1982. While growing up she was always involved with the arts; she liked to draw, write poetry, and was involved in the theater. In 2003, she picked up her first digital camera. She started taking self-portraits and it was during this experimenting stage that she fell in love with photography. She found that photography was the perfect tool for self-expression.

No longer a mere hobby, over the years she has won:
+ International Photography Awards , 2009 (First Place, People: Self-Portrait pro category) + International Photography Awards, 2009 (Honorable Mention, Special Digitally Enhanced pro category) + Filem Festival Malaysia - 21 , 2008 (Best Poster Award) + Vida! Attitude Award , 2004 (Photography)

She opened up a photography & design studio in 2009 called Itudio Studio, but closed it in 2011 as she decided to complete her studies. She has also been featured in magazines, media, made television appearances and gave talks and conducted workshops for photography enthusiasts.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Dave DeVries, The Monster Engine

Hullo peeps. So, was thinking that I should update this blog more often yah? And I might not be able to post my own works frequently, so thought I'd feature other people once in a while yah? So here I'd like to feature this awesome project by Dace DeVries, The Monster Engine.

Dave DeVries doing a live demo
So what is "The Monster Engine" anyway? Well, here's what I got from the website;
The Monster Engine is a book, a demonstration, lecture and a gallery exhibition. The premise for all three came from one single question: What would a child's drawing look like if it were painted realistically?  
It began at the Jersey Shore in 1998, where my niece Jessica often filled my sketchbook with doodles. While I stared at them, I wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, I made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn't I apply those same techniques to a kid's drawing? That was it... no research, no years of toil, just the curiosity of seeing Jessica's drawings come to life.  
The book is a 48-page collection of drawings, paintings, photos and interviews. The book's preface explains, in depth, the history, intentions and results of this seven-year project.
Interesting huh? Here's some of the artworks from this project. It's really really interesting and creative. Makes you go, "Hey wish I thought of that first!". 

Ninja School
Crazy Driver
Big Mouth
Old Sratch and The Fish
Told You!
Blue Boy
Rainbow Terror
So there you have it. Love 'em all!! Makes these monsters seem so real. It's giving me ideas when my son starts drawing. Weeee. Plus I believe kids have the most amazing and creative imagination ever.  So this is a great way to preserve and appreciate their wild imagination at this tender age of discovery. Hats off to Dave DeVries for such a wonderful project! 

Much Love, Sue Anna Joe

Friday, March 8, 2013

Featured: Skuad Pasar Malam Episode 10

Hi peeps. So this time I've been invited as a guest for TV9's Skuad Pasar Malam hosted by Nas-T and his cousin Chef Sufiz. Was an honor to be invited to be part of this. Such a cool bunch these two, and the rest of the crew was awesome as well. My episode also included the beautiful and talented young chef Anis Nabilah, now in her own show with her siblings "Dream Sisters" and a bunch of KULCATS.

These dudes, travel from state to state to different Pasar Malams and then they set up their own lil booth at the pasar malam and start cooking up some meals. This episode is at Pasar Malam Setia Alam. Woot.

Here are some of the photos I took during the shoot. You can check out the promo video at the end of this post. So do tune in to TV9, Saturday, March 9th 2013 at 8:30pm. 

A lil' souvenir for Chef Sufiz & Nas-T.
Detailed view of the doodle is way below.
A quick rehearsal before the shoot.
The Skuad Pasar Malam crew.
With the KULCATS
Food testing with the public
Vegetarian Espenada
by Chef Sufiz
The doodle!
So here's the promo video. Hee, that's me with the camera! 

Much Love, Sue Anna Joe

Monday, January 21, 2013

Featured: Majalah Nur

Majalah Nur
Februari 2013
Hey everybody. I know I know I rarely update this blog. I want to, but I got a lot of other stuff going on in my life. Perhaps this 2013 I'll finally start posting more frequently, starting with this post. Just a quick one. So, as you can see, another magazine feature, syukur Alhamdulillah. This time in Majalah Nur, isu Februari 2013. The cover is of  Husna, Atikah and Ulfa , isteri-isteri kepada geng Imam Muda. Sejuk hati tengok depa.

This feature is 3 pages, so there's another page at the back. It's interview based. So do go pick yourself a copy! There's a behind the scene (kononnya) shooting the lovely Nurul Cakap Cakap owner of  Nurul Wonder Wardrobe. Thank you Nurul sebab sudi jadi model buat kali kedua and letting me use your awesome boutique!

Alright, I've to get ready for class. Hope to see you in my next update, sometime, soon.. eventually.. Haha.

Much Love, Sue Anna Joe

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Doodling keeps me sane

Lately I've been doodling like crazy. Bought a moleskin sketchbook, just for my doodles, and a bunch of pens as well. I post them mostly on my Instagram. And I've had a number of requests to sell them as framed prints, or to be done as tshirts/tote designs. Good news, InshaAllah, some of my designs will be made into batik designs, which will be for cushion covers, kain baju kurung perhaps, etc.. and maybe phone casings as well. Would be splendid if it all works out! So if you haven't seen them on my Instagram, here they are:

Experimenting with colors. Thinking of trying out watercolors as well, and doing these on canvas instead. I might also offer commissioned works if any of you are interested. Left my contact on the sidebar there, so buzz me if you want me to doodle something for ya!

Much Love, Sue Anna Joe

Friday, September 7, 2012

MAYBANK Photography Awards


This is a sponsored post on my  Budu & Belacan blog. Since it's about photography, thought I should post it here as well. 

So here we go..

Great news for all you photography enthusiasts out there. The MAYBANK Photography Awards is here! This is a collaborative effort with Maybank (semestinya pun, dah nama MAYBANK photography awards), Leica (drooling already), Profoto (walawehhh) and HP (woooot).  Like so ahhsum!

The theme of this competition is "Being Human". On the website it says:
"..the competition is looking to showcase the very values that make us what we are and who we are through the power of images. We believe images have the ability to spur on social development and cultural understanding, thus uniting us as a people."
There are 5 categories you can enter:
  • STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (Awarded by Leica)
  • STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY (Awarded by Profoto)
  • PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY (only open to members of the press)
The competition will run from 3 September – 31 October 2012. One (1) winner will be selected for each category and two (2) for People’s Choice Award. Prizes to be won includes:-
  • Photography of the Year 1x Maybank Debit Card preloaded with RM10,000 
  • Street Photography 1x Personalised Leica X2 Set 
  • Studio Photography 1x Profoto D1 Studio Kit 
  • Landscape Photography 1x HP Designjet Z2100 24 
  • Press Photography 1x Maybank Debit Card preloaded with RM5,000 
  • People's Choice Award 2x RM1,000
For the People's Choice Award.. is based on how many votes you get. So, the sooner you upload your photo, the higher the chances you can gain with votes from your mom, dad, sisters, brothers, cousins, friends, in other words through shameless self promotion. Heehee. Do head on over to for more details and upload your photo(s). All the best folks! 

Much Love, Sue Anna Joe

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Guerillagraphy Workshop is back!

I have decided to conduct my Guerillagraphy Workshop once again.  I  plan to have this workshop all over Malaysia starting from Klang Valley. If you would like for my to come to your area or state, it would be great if you could find me a location to conduct the workshop.

Since this is a 'Guerilla' style workshop the location can even be right from your own home. Each session is open for 6 participants. If you can get me a space, and participants, I'd be happy to conduct the workshop. The cost of the workshop will be determined depending on a number of factors such as the location. 

I also offer this workshop to colleges, unis, schools, clubs, companies, etc.. If you are interested, please contact me at so we can discuss. 

So what is Guerillagraphy? 

"Creativity through limitation" - Just work with what you have. Even with a basic compact camera, or even your camera phone you can come up with interesting and creative images. It's the person who uses the tool that makes a difference. 

You don't need expensive, professional equipment like studio lighting to come of with an intruiguing shot. I started off with a 5 megapixel camera, my home, my room, my bathroom was my studio. My scarves became my backdrop. The natural light became my 'studio light'. All you need is a little creativity. 

Workshop Brief

  • Learn how to be creative with limited camera function, equipment, location, etc...
  • Learn how to work with natural light
  • Basic editing skills using Adobe Photoshop
  • Practical session (with a model)
  • One-to-one session with each participant
  • Critique session

So do stay tuned for updates. The first session will probably start mid/late September onwards as I need to properly organize and plan the workshop. 

Much Love,
Sue Anna Joe
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