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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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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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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Sep 29

If you do not know who Jerry is, look him up at www.jerryghionisphotography.com.

Both Jason and I have been following him on the Interent for sometime. And when a friend pointed out to us the seminar, we jumped and immediately signed up. Unfortunately my connection that week was as unstable as the me on a surf board. Fortunately, Jason has got a better connection that day and before lunch, we got ourselves registered!

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So early in the morning, we woke up early and excitedly made our way there and we were about an hour early. Just nice for a nice breakfast nearby.

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We got in at about 9am and the place was already packed. We had to sit almost to the back. Well, one more row and we were at the back. So I would like apologize upfront for some shots taken from where I was sitting, hence some heads in between at the foreground. It’s rather strange how we are 30 minutes (some were an hour) early for Jerry’s Seminar but are often an hour or so late for wedding dinners. Strange also that we line up nicely to buy 4D numbers but jump queues on the road.

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PickPockets. A very interesting card-sized photos with details of the shots at the back.

Anyways, Alan and Cow came along as well.

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And we met up with many familiar faces.

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We mingled and caught up with friends whom we have not met for sometime.

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Jerry himself was mingling as well. Friendly fella. Tall. But friendly. He challenged many of us to radical but often ‘good for us’ approaches. He also showed us many ways of bringing out emotions and various other techniques which I actually tried to use on a wedding shoot which was the very next morning.

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Jerry demonstrating something here.

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Lots of demonstrations.

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Jerry showed us many examples of his work. How he turned a simple location to a beautiful photo. Inspired, we took the opportunity during tea break to take some shots.

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And even during lunch break.

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And last but not least…

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Jason and I with Jerry..

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