Jul 07

David is firstly a family man, a man of nature and has travelled to over 80 countries. He loves nature and has hiked thousands of miles of backcountry, including above the base camp of Mt. Everest. He was one of the first registered trackers for Arizona Search and Rescue. He worked for the US Forest Service for 12 summers as a Hotshot firefighter fighting fires around the US and Canada, all the while carrying a Nikon SLR with a 50 mm 1.8 lens. David is a fine art watercolor painter and lover of all things artistic.

*image by David Beckstead

And yes, he is also one of the top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine. He is also featured as part of the Masters of Wedding Photography video which both Jason and I watched in amazement how they mastered and created works of art.

He is the man behind many spectacular images such as the one above, and the ones below.

*image by David Beckstead

*image by David Beckstead

He never allow the situation or the environment to dictate the outcome of his work, instead, he sees opportunities, angles and composition to create his masterful works of art.

*image by David Beckstead

Here’s a little video clip about David about composition.

 

Having met him in person recently, I can say that David has a big personality. He’s cheerful, fun and is as much an entertainer as he is an educator.

Here’s a fun pic of David with both of us…

Do check back soon for some details on his workshop soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr 30

 

 

KC and Anna are one of the most laid back couples we have ever dealt with. They were open to suggestions and went with anything we suggested. When we were tied up with other work, they understood and did not bother much about how, where, when or what we did. All that mattered to them was that we immortalised their wedding day.

When we first met up with them, both KC and Anna were such nice people and overflowing with happiness that it rubbed off on us. You know, the kind of people that actually lights up a party when they join in. We knew immediately that this is going be a real fun wedding to shoot.

And during their wedding day, the wedding flowed along smoothly with their wedding team working like a well oiled machine!

 

Anna’s room is no 5-Star suite, but it cosy, but one fantastic feature of her room is a wonderfully large window with diffused window panes that all photographers love, well, at least we do love them. The large window bathes her room with wonderful natural light that even a 5-star suite cannot compare to without it. The beautiful Anna was excited, and so was her family and friends as they prepared for the upcoming day.

Both of us loves natural light photography and strive to search for that perfect natural light in each of our assignments. The fantastic natural light which was showering into Anna’s room was so good that we were so excited to be creating beautiful images for them.

We had always loved natural light photography. It gives a more natural look to a photo and it draws you into the photo.

The proud parents putting on the veil. Look at how happy they are, especially Anna.

Their wedding was held at a church in town. Living here in Kuala Lumpur for nearly 20 years, I had not realise that there was this beautiful church right smack in the middle of the city. Probably would have driven pass it many times as well. It is indeed a majestic church. What a wonderful place for a wedding ceremony.

Beautiful right?

The little one getting ready. Handsome little fella isn’t he?

But here’s the man himself, getting some help to ensure that he looks the immaculate for the upcoming ceremony.

Dashing groom and his buddies.

And back to their stations, awaiting the arrival of the bride.

The excited bride arrives, eager and excited to set her eyes on her dashing groom waiting at the altar.

Here comes the bride!!

 

As the isle entourage made their way in, the atmosphere was suddenly electric. The guests clapped and cheered them on as they made their way to the waiting groom.

Just look at the proud father, leading her very happy daughter.

And finally, the groom receives her bride.

After a prayer..

.. the ceremony went on without a hitch.

All the while, there were smiles and you can feel the happiness and joy in the atmosphere as we went on photographing the ceremony.

The loving kiss, which seals the deal!

They made their way back on the isle with the upstanding guests cheering them on.

You see what we mean about the couple being happy? You can literally feel their happiness here.

And a quick group photo…

Before we wrapped for the day, with the couple insisting that we stayed on for the sumptuous buffet spread which they had prepared as lunch.

We wish both KC and Anna the very best in their future undertakings. It was an absolute joy to photograph you guys!

 

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Dec 27

Life is not all roses, nor is it everyday a Sunday for a photographer. It is not just buying a Digital SLR camera and going out there charging people for photographs. And you just do not only take photos during that one event.

And it’s definitely not about the gear.

Let me tell you a typical actual day wedding assignment. Or rather our typical wedding day assignment.

Firstly, even before the wedding day itself. It’s a lot of communication between us and the client, setting dates, meeting up to go through the wedding itinerary and having a few laughs in between. We are a bit more hands on and prefer to get to know the couple before we being a part of the happiest day of their lives.

Then comes the actual day of the wedding we are up and about as early as 5am in the morning. And this goes on until probably lunch time, maybe 1-2pm. Then we rush back to download and backup the photos, do selection and processing of the photos before organising them into a slideshow. The slideshow is not just about dumping a bunch of photographs in chronological order, whack in a lovey dovey love song and export it out into DVD format. We pride ourselves in our slideshow. And we arrange and re-arrange the photos to paint the best picture of the couple and their actual day morning session. Then we select a suitable song and time them nicely against the photos. More or less, like producing a short movie.

Then it’s rendered into the highest quality possible without ending up in a huge video file. Then its the dinner reception time which we take photos and are usually around till about midnight at times.

So it’s just not the 8 hours you see photographers around the wedding with their cameras. You would probably work from the time you wake up until you go back to bed late that night.

 

And it just does not stop there. For the next couple of weeks, you will see yourself working late into the night, especially if you have a day job, to get the photos selected and processed. Then it’s the album designing time. And probably re designing.

So a single actual day wedding will take up roughly a total of 14 working days. And that’s not 2 weeks, it’s a total cumulative days in which you are actually working on that particular wedding.

So if you think wedding photographers are all glamour and stuff like that, and that you earn tonnes of money from taking photographs of weddings. Think again.

 

But, having said all that, we love photographing weddings. It’s the time where you see the pure joy and happiness of the couple, and especially the parents of the couple. We get to photograph the joy in their faces and we are very happy to be part of it.

We also meet all sorts of people during our photography journey; strange, fun, nutty, even eccentric people, all who have a deep love in photography.

We also get to meet many other people especially the couples and their family. We see people of diverse background coming together to celebrate the happy day.

So it’s still worth it. Do not get us wrong. We are not discouraging you. We just hope that you do not expect rose petals and rainbows on your way to being a photographer. There are roses and rainbows at the end of each journey though. :)

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Dec 07

It’s heartbreaking when someone you love leaves you and goes away to the afterlife. It’s even more heart wrenching when they leave you just when it’s nearing the happiest day of your life. But the atmosphere during this wedding was mostly happy. Very happy. I guess the father of the groom would have wanted them, and the rest of the family to be happy as he watched from above. 

The morning started off well. The clear blue morning skies was inviting, as if the father had cleared the skies so that he could have a clear view of this dear son and his soon to be daughter in law get married.

 

We did not do our usual full wedding gig, the bride requested for a single photographer just to cover the bride’s side and to continue to the church ceremony and a lunch. But we could not help but to ensure maximum coverage so as to present to the bride and groom, and to the rest of the family a complete and beautiful photos of the day. So both of us, instead of just one of us covered the wedding.

The bride stayed in a wonderful single bedroom studio in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Her studio seems like a hotel room layout with a lavishly designed and equipped bathroom.

Their church ceremony was held at church in PJ.

 

It was majestic! More photos below.

After the ceremony, the priest carried out Holy Communion..

And the the guests adjourned for lunch.

The bride and groom as well as the family were very much blessed to have such beautiful people in their family. They came and shared the joy of the bride and groom.

Nov 09

Bryan and Sherene is such a sweet and nice couple. They are warm, friendly and fun to be around. So it was no surprise that their wedding was a real joy to photograph.


This wedding saw one of the most fun encounters between the groom’s men and the bride’s maid. Both sides filled equally with fun. The bride had a bevy of pretty bride’s maids while the groom had his team of zany brothers, eager to take on the challenges which awaits them. The result was a great fun time and a great retrieval of the bride.

By the way, there’s a slideshow after the photos. So do continue all the way to the bottom ya! :)

As you can see in the following photos, our cameras love them as both Bryan and Sherene are naturals in front of the camera and this made our job so much easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day started early in the morning as usual. The cheerful bride was extremely excited while the she prepares for the day ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

And.. after much preparation..

… they were all set and ready!!

 

 

On the groom’s side….

The groom and his brother’s were all set to face the fury of the bride’s maids.

This was just before all the fun started. All prim and proper!

And this was during the games. A bunch of fun and very sporting fellows.

I could not help myself from laughing during the games. They were really into it.

After much fun, laughter, screams and painted faces… the groom left with the bride!

And made their way back to the groom’s place.

And before they called it a day to prepare for the dinner reception, the obligatory bridal bouquet toss!!

Any guess which one of the beautiful bride’s maids got the bouquet?

And one final photo … or two… with the bride’s maids and ..

the brothers.

One exciting and fun wedding this was. And thanks for having us as your photographers. We wish you all the best!

Oh.. and do check out the slideshow we prepared for them for their dinner reception.

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