A wedding is life’s formal celebration of a man and a woman joined by dedication. A salute to love and friendship passed down as a sacred celebration through the centuries. Each wedding reflects unique personality and emotion, which will be engraved on hearts for a lifetime.
The photographer is a silent observer who will document the uniting of two spirits into one. With intuition, imagination, and a certain “sixth sense”, the photographer detects the subtleties of human affection, expression and lifelong commitment. Exercising keen perception, he interprets his subjects and preserves the intimate moments through the art of his photography. The photographer must sense the uniqueness in the bride and groom, and in it find their inspiration. The photographer’s sensitivity is not a learned skill, but a rare gift.
Planning your wedding day
We council, above all else, that you allow yourself a little downtime in the day. It may be a half hour of time before the ceremony to relax and have tea with your bridesmaids. It may be 10 minutes to escape your reception and take a short walk with your new spouse. These brief periods of rest will help you focus, collect your feelings and share a bit of what is happening to you. They will help you be present and remember. It is often during this downtime that the spontaneous dance or peels of laughter occur that you will talk about, and remember for many years to come.
What you want from your professionals
Know your professionals well. Leave nothing to chance. Spend as much time as you can getting to know them. They must not only be competent, they must also be patient, diplomatic and cool headed. Don’t be afraid to test their mettl a little. Brides and grooms come and visit us many times over the year before their wedding. They bring ideas, look at new albums and sometimes just chat about their planning. It is an immense help to us. Join us for a cappuccino when you can. We run a very relaxed shop.
Style …Formal Portraiture versus Photojournalism
We are usually hired for our ability to cross both disciplines. Often as I am photographing formals is taking B&W candids at the same time. Singapore photo studio styles are very different and that always produces an unusual range of images. The balance of formal versus candid photography is decided entirely by you. During the reception we relax with you and capture the fun, sometimes the insanity and always some special moments.
Unless you specifically request it, we almost never shoot flash during the sacred part of a ceremony. The films have improved so dramatically it is not necessary. Our experience is that when the photographer starts to flash everyone does and it can be very distracting. We like to be as inconspicuous as possible during a ceremony and we have wonderful long lenses to allow us to capture beautiful details from a great distance.
We recommend that formal photography stop 45 minutes before your ceremony. This will give you some time to rest and freshen up. It also allows the groomsman to begin greeting guests and gives us time to set up for the ceremony.
The benefit to having a pro do your hair is that they know how to make it compliment your face as well as your dress and they know how to make it stay put…. all day long. You will run, dance, jump, cry, hug and then hug some more. Having your hair hold up really helps. We recommend that you allow plenty of time for your stylist to do their job. The one thing that most often postpones formal portraits is waiting to complete the hairstyle.
If at all possible test your hairstyle at least once. Please feel free to come by for a portrait session when you do this. It can take a little of the pressure off the day of the wedding.
They add so much beauty and magic to the day for everyone. We see an amazing range of color and we enjoy photographing them. Make sure your bouquets & boutonnieres are available when you begin your formals even if you are at home. They make all the difference and the smell calms the soul for everyone.