May 10

Here are some selected photos from our pre-wedding photoshoot at Seoul. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed taking them.

Namsan Tower.

Namsan tower is a very popular destination for tourist.

There were many around, but we found a nice secluded spot for these.

This was taken at the palace. The next few photos were also taken within the palace.

A beautiful shot with they city skyline and Namsan tower in the background

This photo was taken within 3 minutes while we were rushing to catch the last train back, and to catch the fried chicken + beer before the restaurant closes. While we were treading through this pedestrian tunnel, our numerous training and courses which had trained us to see beyond the plain old tunnel. We set up, placed the two love birds and asked them to show us the FIRE in them. Then.. CLICK ! … and we were on our way back to our beers and fried chicken.

The next day we woke up early.. our location : the site for Winter Sonata!

The photo location above should be familiar to those who follows the series.

Actually, the entire location should be familiar to those who follow the series

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This location, Nami Island, is also another very popular tourist spot, for both foreign tourist and locals a like.

But we were quick to find several nice spot.

Spots which are away from the crowd.

But sometimes, there is no escaping the crowd,… so we made use of them to make this photo a little bit more interesting.

One of the iconic paths, lined with trees. It was cold, too bad there’s no snow to coincide with the ‘Winter Sonata’ location theme.

So that’s all there is for now. We hope that you enjoyed the photos. I am sure the lovely couple also did enjoy the photoshoot, as tiring and hectic it maybe, but fun it was!!

 

 

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May 04

Not long ago FingerOnShutter had an assignment of going over to Seoul, South Korea to photograph a lovely couple, our dear friends, Ian and Lilian, for their couple/engagement photos. Because we’ll be away in another country, we have to be well planned and prepared ourselves so that we will be all set for it.  Soon the day has arrived and we were so excited to venture to a foreign country to create beautiful pictures for the couple. So off we went….

As if there would not be enough photoshooting throughout our time in Seoul, photoshooting actually began on our way there and were enjoying ourselves already.

Finally FingerOnShutter has arrived in Seoul….

After a long flight to Seoul and getting ourselves checked-in, it was only right to do the first on our list of things to do; food.

Before we went over, our peers were telling us how we would be suffering in terms of food. Because, they told us, Koreans all eat vegetables and kimchi, and that Koreans seldom eat meat.

How wrong they were. We were absolutely enjoying ourself in terms of food. This one below in particular… open air BBQ buffet.

Yes, open air. Both of us are not too fond of BBQ-ing during the day as both of us do not fancy heaty scenario too much especially back in KL, but it was different here in Seoul as it was about roughly 12 Celsius, and BBQ-ing out doors is heavenly!

And check out the meats!….. Vegetables were just there to make us feel less guilty hahaha…

Another stunning food that not able mention much is this, their special fried chicken. All we can say is we still crave these until today, and not to mention their 1L mug of Beer compliments well indeed! 

 

Here is our accommodation which is situated in Myeongdong, walking distance to lots of shopping and Namsan Tower which is also one of our shoot location.

It’s a Guesthouse, to our surprise it was very clean, super cosy and comfortable with heated floors to keep us warm during the cold nights. The staff too were extremely friendly and helpful as well, a much welcomed trait to us.

This is the common area where guests and hostel employees hang out.

We have a little kitchen, which reminds me a lot of our university days. Each day, they stock fresh bread for us, complete with peanut butter, jam and coffee making facilities. All on the house. A much welcomed facility, especially when you are still hungry after the entire day of walking (and sometimes running) or mid-night snack to help you settle.

Also included, are these delicious instant noodles. Very nice to eat while sitting outside in the chilly morning.

 

Within walking distant is the happening Myeongdong shopping area. Lots of retail shops, selling everything from clothing to shoes to fashion accessories and make up stuff. Oh.. and food stalls as well.

But not to digress, besides shopping and food, our primary objective is the photoshoot.

So we packed up our gears… and off we went. Here I am enthusiastic.. .

 

It was not long that the weight of our equipment starts to bear down on me.

Then Jason took over. We took turns through out the trip to lug that big suitcase along. We thought that it was a good idea to drag along in a suitcase. Trust us.. it is not a good idea at all.

After that we lugged our stuff on standard backpacks. Much easier to manage. This photo is taken while photoshooting on Nami Island, where the drama Winter Sonata was shot.

We went everywhere on train. The train system there seems to be quite comprehensive. It was easy taking the train. Maybe it was because of the weather there being cold, so it’s easy to walk.

So we took the train, we walked, and we did the photoshoot.

We took some photos of us.

We took some photos with the bride…

And tried to take a proper photo with the groom

During the photoshoot we had so much fun snapping away that we totally forgotten the time. Here we were about to have our late lunch near by our shoot location in Nami island. By the way, here’s the bride and groom. Lovely couple, very nice people and furnishing us with good food.

Somehow John caught a little bit of a cold/flu in the middle of the shoot, and also was really not feeling well due to the immense pain due to his feet. Apparently those Adidas shoes did not fit him well enough.

Or maybe it’s just the cold, but this bowl of hot soupy ramen and some medication really did picked him up!

Never a dull moment with these two.

 

Do excuse us.. we were in the land where Gangnam style originated.. could not help it.

A sign of a potential model, always aware that a camera is pointed at his direction.

Back to the photoshoot, this is one of the location we shot, Nami Island. It was located somewhere outskirts of town which requires getting up very early and a bit of a travelling. We were all excited to get to this location to create beautiful pictures even if it means less sleep.

So we took a train, then a short cab ride and then a ferry ride to the island itself.

This place really is a popular tourist destination and it was packed with people upon our arrival. Good thing is the island is huge to accommodate all…

and we found some nice locations for the photoshoot.

The location of the infamous first kiss.

We certainly had loads of fun photoshoot these two. They were fun.. pro active..

and loves the camera.

Before signing off, here a photo….

This was the final location… it was very cold. Both Jason and I were feeling cold; and the two of us are hot blooded people who thrives in cold environments. So when we were covered up like that with our jackets, you can safely assume that it’s VERY cold. And the poor bride was only in a little dress. But she is a tough one, she powered on and completed the photoshoot and we adjourned to have a final fried chicken and 1L beer to end the photoshoot in Seoul.

Check back again soon for photos from the photoshoot.…

 

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Jan 02

It has been a tremendous year with many weddings, events, outings, holidays and outstation jobs for us here at FingerOnShutter. We would like to thank our various clients, couples, family and friends for believing in us and supporting us through the year.

Here’s to another wonderful year ahead!

Dec 29

Most of us have not recovered from the double catastrophe involving Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH370 followed by MH17 just few months later.

Last weekend, another airline tragedy hit us all right in our yet-to-be-healed bleeding hearts.

Although technically flight QZ8501 belongs to a company where majority stakes is held by our Indonesian counterparts, it still bears the AirAsia branding, a brand which we Malaysian hold dear to our hearts.

And yes, we do bash AirAsia every now and then on some of their pricing and services, but they are still the ones who brought the world closer to many of us.

Let us all continue to unite for the betterment of all, and pray for QZ8501.

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Nov 03

Our final and star event for the trip was the sunset cruise. It’s a cruise to nowhere, taking in the sight and calmness of being at sea, witnessing a gorgeous sunset before heading back to port.

We gathered at the lobby and of the hotel before heading to the port where we chilled for a bit while waiting for our host to brief us.

This was not Jason’s natural environment, so he was a bit reserved and cautious. I on the other hand, was very much at home and enjoying myself.

Actually, it’s a twin hull sail boat. Very stable. And with lots of space on boat. The photo above is taken on the upper deck.

There’s lots of space all around the boat. This is the front left of the boat..

And this is the front right of the boat.

This is the general view of the front of the boat. Jason seems to be more at ease being on the boat now. Probably after a drink or two.

Fun party boat it is I tell you.

There are others on board as well. Malaysians, Koreans, Japanese, English, French… a mix crowd. So bring out the chocolate in you!

Ok, now he’s really at ease..can strike a pose already.

Once you get on board, they serve you with drinks. Drinks are free flow once you are on board. This include beer and cocktail. Whatever you want, just ask.

The boat cruises slowly into the sunset…

And they fire up the grill, to prepare our dinner that night.

On the way, they let out the net to trail behind the boat. You can hang on to the net and relax while enjoying the relaxing massage of the water, or you can be like this guy, trailing behind in a life saver.

Or jump off the boat from the front. The boat is actually moving, so you jump off the front, and when you surface, you make your way to the rear of the boat, grab on to a rope and pull yourself up.

When I was about to jump, the guide came up to me to remind me about the procedure. But he added..

.. remember to grab the rope yes? But don’t worry if you miss the rope, we come back tomorrow same time..”

Cheeky fellow.

Jumping off the boat is rather fun! But if you are a bit timid, not to worry, this cheeky fellow (the same one above), who customers call ‘Pakcik Gila’, will hold your hand and jump in with you.

All the while, you are graced with such natural beauty!

And as the sun sets, we turn around and headed back to port. And they cranked up the music, brought out more drinks and the party’s on! By this time, we placed our cameras into it’s holster and continue partying and until we were back at port.

Indeed it was the highlight of the trip. I would recommend this sunset cruise. The organisers were fun, loves to mingle and we really had lots to eat, lots to drink and more importantly, lots of fun.

 

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