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Portraits on the Wedding Day

While most couples in Singapore probably had their portraits taken during their pre-wedding session, I always thought it might be nice to have a different variety of images on the actual day wedding. Hence I always asked for some time to get some portraits done on their wedding day. I once read that wedding photography are considered one of the most difficult genre of photography to specialise in. As a wedding day/actual day photographer, you have to be portrait photographer, photojournalist (documenting their big days) and even product photographer (gowns, rings and etc) all in one and you only have one chance on the wedding day to get the images and also at the mercy of the weather/environment. But having said all these, I still enjoy being a actual day photographer as I get to document one of the couple’s biggest day of their life.

Most of the time, I will share actual day photos but I thought I will do something different this time. Allow me to share the one image I shot at Fiona’s solemnisation and share how I made that image. The solemnisation was held at Pan Pacific Singapore last month. Pan Pacific is a nice hotel with various locations for nice portraits. Whilst the lunch was ongoing, I took a walk around the hotel to scout for new locations. As much as possible, I try not to repeat the same shot I did previously at the same location/angle. I chanced upon this place near the garden on the 4th or 5th floor. At first glance, it looks really normal but I like the little lamps and the reflective flooring. The biggest challenge was the lighting around the place was horrible. Ambiance mixed with daylight coming in from the garden side makes everything a nightmare.

 

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So I decided to kill the ambiance and use my own flash to lit the couple and I got the below image. I like the “lines” leading to the couple but I wish the reflection was a tad nicer.
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I do see some flaws in the image and wish I could have done better, I am still pleased with the image. As a wedding day photographer working alone with very limited resources and time, its really challenging but I think nothing beats the satisfaction of a job well done for the couple.

And one more shot, my signature (as my fellow industry peers says of me) walking shot

 

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