May 30, 2011

Around the world in 60 Seconds by Eng Hong

There’s so much to write about for my virgin post on this blog, but i thought it would be better to bring us back to wedding photography since this blog is about weddings and wedding photographers. What better way to write about weddings than to integrate it with one of my other passion – travel.

As wedding photographers, we often have the privilege to jet around the world for our work. Be it the near Bali, Phuket to the further London, Paris to the exotic Morocco and Fiji. The world’s full of infinite possibilities. Here some of the awesome weddings i’ve had the opportunity to document the last couple of years.

Lets start off from the near destinations. South East Asia is full of amazing beaches and it is not surprising that we often end up on beautiful sandy beaches for regional weddings.

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Letting Kum Loys off @ Koh Samui

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Having a fun dip in the pool before the wedding to chill off in Phuket. Off course many end up in the pool after the wedding party as well.

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Amazing beachfront property as the reception venue @ Phuket.

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For couples who are willing to travel further away to more exotic beachfront there’s always Seychelles

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Fireworks @ Seychelles

Or travel to Fiji for their famous “Bula”s and Kava.

or the limitless horizon @Fiji

You need not be at the beach to chill out too. @Santorini

Then there’s the strong cultural influence in the architecture @ Marrakech, Morocco

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Or the amazing glass domed Syon Park, London.

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Then there are the impressive churches. This one’s in Subiaco, Perth

Perth’s famous for their vineyards too.

We head back to Europe for our final destination of this post. Where else more romantic than Paris, the city of lights.

Now where would i be in the next 60 hours….
Eng Hong
39 East
May 22, 2011

Two of the most difficult genres of photography?

Hey everyone, just a post to share some personal work. :)

Besides weddings, I’m sure the rest of us at WPN love shooting other stuff. Some love street photography, some enjoy travel photography while others simply enjoy making music. Yes, there are talented musicians in the WPN as well. There are also a few of us who enjoy creating images on our iPhones! For me, I love shooting live music besides weddings.

Someone came up to me sometime ago and told me that I must be crazy to love shooting weddings as well as live music. He told me that they are probably the most difficult genres in photography. Shooting a wedding requires one to be on his/her toes all the time, there’s also a certain amount of stress and events are happening so quickly. I thought about it for awhile and actually he was quite right. Shooting both a wedding and live music does require one to be alert all the times. The stress level is slightly higher for a concert as we’re usually only given the first 3 songs (sometimes 2) to produce an extraordinary photo. Bands who move a lot on stage makes things more difficult as well. Nonetheless, I like the adrenaline and challenge at each shoot.

Well, I guess the passion for music and photography is what keeps me going and looking forward to every single shoot. Whatever the situation, we have to make it count. :) Over the years, I’ve collected a fair bit of concert images and recently started a website to showcase my music work. When I’m not shooting weddings, you’ll probably find me at a rock show. Here are some of my favourite images to share.

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See you at the rock show, Aloysius – 39 East Photography

May 16, 2011

Mindy Tan Photography is now part of the WPN

She’s in ‘da house! The Wedding Photographer Network warmly welcomes its first female wedding photographer, Mindy Tan, to the pool.  Here’s an up-close interview to know her better.

Website: http://www.mindytanweddings.com

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Tell us a little bit more about yourself?

Most of my work deals with wedding photography. Aside, I also photograph sports and other documentary genres. I sometimes write + shoot for the travel section of Her World magazine. Recently I’ve also been invited to conduct photography workshops, such as for the Singapore Sports Council, where I am sharing tips and knowledge.

Where is home?

I spilt the year between Singapore and Berlin. Singapore where my roots are, and Berlin where my fiancé lives.

What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview?

I’m in Berlin right now prepping for my own wedding in two months and taking a short breather after a hectic line-up of shoots in Singapore. At this stage, I couldn’t be happier  doing what I love most and investing energy into one’s own business and creative exploits. There is also much anticipation and excitement for the future ahead.

What got you started in wedding photography?

Call it accidental fate.

I wanted to be photographer and follow in the footsteps of James Natchwey, but soon after graduation, the editor sent me to become a reporter instead. I very fond of the job but after 4 years, a nagging itch developed. “What if…?” That prompted me to resign for a plunge as a freelance photographer, because I knew if I didn’t do it, I would have everything to lose.

The initial intention was to produce investigative picture essays in an almost anthropological manner. Shooting weddings, and 101 other wacky ideas, was to be a way to feed myself. And who should know I would soon enough fall in love with wedding photography? Perhaps it is a girl’s natural instinct to take liking for all things soft, beautiful and romantic?

There is much more fulfillment photographing for the individual and their personal albums, as opposed to feeding through wire images or dealing with corporations. My ideal of true photojournalism took a swing, as if I hadn’t understood before what it truly was, until now – Photographing the everyday, and what is closest to people’s hearts, has more sense of purpose than seeing that photo essay published.

Did you go to school to study photography?

I majored in Theatre and Sociology for my first degree, and later got a first class in Graphic Design. In some ways, photography came up with the modules but I never did receive formal training. You pick up nuances as you shoot.

How long have you been a photographer? Professionally, 3 years.

How would you describe your style? Evolving! Depending on the type of shoot, the climate, the mood. I always seek a judgement/a personal interpretation of the situation, while documenting it. Essentially, the photographer can choose what to see, and how to see it. With wedding imagery, I tend to pull away from the ‘hard-truths journalistic style’, moving towards romanticism, and yes, closer to fine-art while at the same time, journalism.

What type of cameras do you shoot with? Two Nikon D700s. It’s important and only fair for clients that a photographer shoots with a back-up camera body. Important occasions demand royal treatment. Recently, I’m also using the Nikon D3s. Its high ISO capabilities, of up to ISO 12500, can record images my eyes hardly see.

What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera? The ability to make my clients feel at ease. It can make or break a picture.

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?

The Nikon 50mm F1.4. This nifty little piece of glass is good for portraits, close-ups, works well on the street, and if you move away from the subject it can also capture landscape at an appropriate (not too wide) perspective. It is light, and can fit into a large pocket or my handbag.

Do you plan on buying any new equipment and if so what do you have your eyes on? Not at the moment. I just purchased the new Nikon 35mm F1.4. It is stunning, sharp, and I can never quite get enough of it.

Ain’t your gear too heavy for a female?

With two cameras hanging down the shoulders for 10 hours, you bet! On the job I don’t think about it but the strain comes when the work ends. Fitness is an important factor to do the job well.

What has been your most memorable assignment and why?

A pair of German expats flew me to their wedding in Sulz,in the Blackforest of Germany. I arrived a few days earlier and joined the family at their delicious home-cooked meals, cycled around the village and enjoyed the late summer. They drove to a sunflower field to get flowers and transformed their whole family garden into a gorgeous venue. It was an eye-opener how close to nature, how domestic things can be done with your own hands, as opposed to walking into a shop in Singapore with a your credit card to purchase all our wedding supplies.

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about photographing weddings?

Every wedding presents different situations and is never the same, even if it is held in a familiar setting such as a particular hotel’s ballroom, a certain church or type of home. Situations, sense of space, light temperatures, emotions of people, all can change very fast with the pace of the wedding and the photographer must be alert ALL THE TIME. I second photographers who say “If you can shoot a wedding, you can shoot anything.”

Can you share some images with us from a single wedding?

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Can you share some of your personal work?

Here is an image I worked on in Berlin.

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