Monthly Archives: September 2009

NACHELLE / Studio Portrait

A Family Tradition…

Every year, I take portrait shots of Nachelle for her birthday party. This year is the fourth consecutive year and it has been a pleasure to watch Nachelle become a beautiful little girl. It is a very special experience, because it feels as though I am with her as she grows up.

Nachelle’s parents are artists and Nachelle has undoubtedly inherited this trait. She isn’t camera shy and she needs no warm up before getting in front of the camera. She’s an old hat at these portrait shots, so she knows how to pose and her smile is very natural.

Her family now has a new member – Nachelle is now a big sister. I’m not sure if the baby will one day be like her older sister and know instinctively how to react in front of a camera, but I’m sure Nachelle will be able to give her some pointers and I look forward to continuing on the tradition of taking their family portraits.

NACHELLE Studio Portraits (01)

NACHELLE Studio Portraits (02)

NACHELLE Studio Portraits (03)

KEVIN & MICHELLE / Barcelona

For Art’s Sake

Gaudi’s work is admired by architects around the world as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona Architecture and can be seen all over the city. Curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures, his use of colour – the combination of original design, interesting shaped stonework and vibrant colours in Gaudi’s work give the viewer a truly breathtaking visual experience. What better city in which to shoot a daring set of photos for a striking young couple?

We know Kevin and Michelle very well, having been to Japan with them for their pre-wedding portraits and having photographed their wedding day. For their honeymoon, they chose to go to Europe, during which they met us in Barcelona for a ‘trash the dress’ photoshoot. Naturally, as we were so familiar with each other, the few days we spent together were relaxed and fun.

Kevin and Michelle, having gotten used to our quirks before, were quick to warm up to our ideas and brought many of their own to the table. Many of our concepts were enthusiastically embraced by them and made into reality with their persistence. We enjoyed ourselves so much that the time passed by so fast – we shot until nearly one o’clock in the morning without realizing it.

We have fond memories of eating good food and having good times with Kevin and Michelle – and many thanks go to them for allowing us to use their photo for an advertisement in an upcoming issue of HK Magazine.

KEVIN & MICHELLE Overseas Prewedding Barcelona Wedding Portraits (01)

KEVIN & MICHELLE Overseas Prewedding Barcelona Wedding Portraits (02)

KEVIN & MICHELLE Overseas Prewedding Barcelona Wedding Portraits (03)

KEVIN & MICHELLE Overseas Prewedding Barcelona Wedding Portraits (04)

KEVIN & MICHELLE Overseas Prewedding Barcelona Wedding Portraits (05)

KEVIN & MICHELLE Overseas Prewedding Barcelona Wedding Portraits (06)

ANN & RONALD / Wedding

The Cure For Boredom Is Curiosity…

An elegant bride meets a modest groom. Our first impression of Ann and Ronald were that they were a very quiet couple, sweet and completely relaxed with each other. Whenever they were together, however, they would talk non-stop, as if they were in their own world.

Their wedding took place at St John’s Cathedral, with the banquet held at the Intercontinental Hotel. Ronald very sweetly arranged a surprise for Ann that evening during the banquet, moving her to tears.

My favourite memory from that day was during the ceremony, involving the flower girls and page boys. It started off well, with them behaving perfectly as they walked down the aisle before the bride. It wasn’t until the very serious business of the wedding ceremony got underway that they started to get bored. I remember their cute antics as they played in the aisles, eliciting lots of laughter from the congregation and the many funny faces they pulled as the service continued.

ANN and RONALD HK Wedding Day Intercontinental Hotel

 

STANLEY & SUM LING – Prague

The City Of Romance

If you’re looking for romance and passion, look no further than Prague, where you’ll often find yourselves in the company of couples embracing along the cobbled streets.

In a city full of history, it’s no surprise to see lots of tourists during the day. Those who want the city to themselves, like us, have to start our day a little earlier than the usual sight-seeing crowd. Say, around 4am.

Stanley and Sum Ling, a couple with which the word ‘romance’ defines their relationship, had no problems with the early start. It was thanks to their willingness that Susan and I were able to shoot on Charles Bridge when the rest of the population was still asleep in their beds.

The first time I met Stanley, I remember quite clearly that he was carrying a blue-checked handkerchief. Just the fact that he was carrying it told me he was a caring, detail-orientated kind of guy; someone who would make a good husband… and would make Sum Ling a very happy wife.

During the days we spent in Prague, Susan and I got to know Stanley and Sum Ling better. We visited lots of places and took plenty of photos. Like us, Stanley and Sum Ling loved their food; in between shootings, we would eat lots of good food and drink lots of good beer and we managed to form a sincere friendship in those few short days.

For their wedding, Stanley and Sum Ling proved that their trip to Prague was as unforgettable for them as it was for us. Held at the Intercontinental Hotel, they brought the city and its penchant for romance to Hong Kong, from the themed décor to the many pre-wedding portraits they displayed around the hotel.

SUM LING and STANLEY Oversea Prewedding Prague Wedding Portraits (01)

SUM LING and STANLEY Oversea Prewedding Prague Wedding Portraits (02)

TIM & RUBY / Greece engagement

Under the Mediterranean Sun

Close your eyes. Imagine bright sunshine, clear blue skies and white-bricked houses. Feel the breeze on your face and take a breath of fresh sea air.

These are some of the reasons Tim and Ruby chose Greece as the ideal destination for their pre-wedding portraits.

One’s first impression of Tim is that he’s one of the good guys. He’s very easy-going and a gentleman with it. It’s no wonder Ruby always has a smile on her face, when her partner always seems to have an infectious never-ending supply of happiness.

Even with the hot sun bearing down on us during the day, Tim and Ruby were always in a good mood, which made the shoot so much more enjoyable for us. Having spent so much time with Tim and Ruby, it’s not difficult to see how compatible they are and it’s thanks to their cooperation that the trip produced such great portraits that really bring out the love and laughter in Tim and Ruby’s relationship.

RUBY and TIM Overseas Prewedding Greece Wedding Portraits (01)

RUBY and TIM Overseas Prewedding Greece Wedding Portraits (02)

RUBY and TIM Overseas Prewedding Greece Wedding Portraits (03)

CHRISTINE & STEPHEN / Japan engagement

Smile, And The World Smiles With You…

Christine and Stephen are happy people. The concept behind their set of pre-wedding photographs was that they wanted their joy to be captured on camera rather than the customary shots of a bride and groom posing in full wedding attire. They wanted their photos to convey a sense of fun, reflecting their own characters.

Christine put a lot of thought into the wedding, which took place in the US. Having decided to use yellow as the colour theme of her wedding, she also decided to incorporate this in her pre-wedding portraits.

We’ve been to Japan many times – this particular trip with Christine and Stephen had us in fits of laughter for most, if not all of the time and we cherished every moment.

During the shoot, we did have some rain, but we still enjoyed the trip – and Christine and Stephen’s mood were so infectious that we didn’t let the weather affect us as we continued to shoot. It’s thanks to Christine and Stephen that we were able to produce a set of sweet, romantic photos with a sense of fun.

CHRISTINE and STEPHEN Overseas Prewedding Tokyo Wedding Portraits (01)

CHRISTINE and STEPHEN Overseas Prewedding Tokyo Wedding Portraits (02)

SARAH & KENNETH / Paris engagement

We may have been to France many times before, but every time we go, we discover something new. Our trip to Paris with Sarah and Kenneth was no exception – many of the places we went were new experiences for us.

Sarah and Kenneth are a lovely, sweet couple and we wanted the portraits to reflect their personalities. Naturally photogenic Sarah was happy to try different styles and ideas and her ease in front of the camera made for a happy shoot.

SARAH and KENNETH Overseas Prewedding Paris Wedding Portraits (01)

SARAH and KENNETH Overseas Prewedding Paris Wedding Portraits (02)

SARAH and KENNETH Overseas Prewedding Paris Wedding Portraits (03)

SARAH and KENNETH Overseas Prewedding Paris Wedding Portraits (04)

SARAH and KENNETH Overseas Prewedding Paris Wedding Portraits (05)

SARAH and KENNETH Overseas Prewedding Paris Wedding Portraits (06)