Prewedding Photo Shoot - Shengyang & Huiting
I have waited for many years for this shoot as Shengyang and Huiting were already together when I first knew them.
Huiting is one of the kindest people in this world. She first amazed me by joining "Hair for Hope" and had her long hair (on head) shaved. She has been organising volunteering work to help and accompany the elderly from some rented flats. She also helps other charity and non-profit organisations to gather manpower as she somehow has great support from volunteers, and she never fails to "throw bombs" in the very last minute. Over the years, nobody can really keep track of her ongoing impromptu projects. I foresee her getting some national social worker award in future if the awarding body doesn't penalize her for having bad grammatical mistakes (way worse than mine). Personality aside, Huiting is a natural beauty with great asset who doesn't show off her charm. Due to both her inner and outer beauties, I greet her by "chiobu" in private.
Shengyang is a Mr Nice guy with a boyish looks. By accepting a girl like Huiting, we can see his benevolence because he's willing to spend a lot of time helping her in her countless volunteering projects; besides, he also has to face the fact that his wife is going to spend a big portion of income (may include his) doing charity work while both of them are not born with silver spoons. Shengyang is an unsung hero who does not want to steal any limelight. During volunteering projects, he will quietly go around to take care of elderly who are bedbound and not able to join the activities with the rest. He's sincere and understanding and definitely someone who gives others sense of security.
I took quite a long time to get prepared for the shoot due to hesitation for the equipment to be brought along. The scale of the entire shoot was huge because of the various locations - both indoor and outdoor - and I wanted to make sure I could get the best lighting possible for every scene. However, the thought of travelling with the amount of equipment and time constraints made me decide not to be over ambitious.
The four of them, including the volunteered (Huiting volunteered her) driver, Jiayu, and HMUA, Ivy, had problems finding my place. I was glad I didn't bring my huge roller bag along because there wasn't much space left in the car boot - my one-metre tall roller bag could never fit in. I was glad to be able to demonstrate my love-hate relationship with Huiting, such that Ivy was confused.
We started the first set of the shoot at Banana Leaf Apolo (Race Course Road outlet) since both of them loved the restaurant. Although the owner had kindly allowed us to use the place for shoot, the walking space between the tables were not wide enough for me to set up my light modifiers without getting in the way of the staffs and other customers. I played with bounced light instead, although I was unable to bounce it at a better angle to reduce shadows.
The second set was done at around the Little India district near the restaurant where both of them liked. It wasn't a good day for outdoor shoot because of the clear sky and the noon sun mocked at us. I comforted myself by thinking at least it didn't rain. I used my new big brolly instead of setting up a softbox due to time constraint and my 600W strobe was belittled by the sun at times.
We then went over to pick up two of Huiting's cats, which I was quite worried about since animals were more unpredictable and could take up more time. I still preferred dogs anyway. Next, we proceeded to Nancy's place for the third set. It was one of the most stylish houses I had been to, inclusive of my I was able to set up my softbox, brolly and a third light just for spare. Shengyang and Jiayu sent the cats home while Ivy touched up on Huiting's makeup.
The fourth set of shoot was done at Upper Selatar Reservoir as the couple wanted some photographs with greenery. Without the luxury of cloud, the weather was a terror like earlier on with the scorching sun trying to drench us with sweat. The worst thing was that the icon of the location was in the direction of the sun. There were also other groups of couples and I watched in amazement when one was shooting against the sun with no artificial light.
We ended the day with a fifth set for a very casual couple shoot at Henderson Waves after dinner. I had to switch to my speedlite from my portable strobe due to the high ISO used to include the dim surrounding light, which was the main point of the shoot.
It was more than 12 hours of shoot, inclusive of meal time, travelling time and the time used to set up and dismantle the equipment. Jiayu was, perhaps, the heroine of the day because of her huge contribution.
27 September 2017 is the big day.
|Venue:||Banana Leaf Apolo (Race Course Road), Little India, Sunsetopia, Upper Seletar Reservior, Henderson Waves|
|Date:||10 July, 2017|
|Model:||Shengyang & Huiting|
|Makeup Artist (MUA):||Ivy Tan|
|Wardrobe:||Shengyang & Huiting|
|Credits:||Banana Leaf Apolo, Jia Yu, Nancy|
|Lens:||Canon 24-70mm F2.8L, Canon 16-35mm F4L|
|Strobe:||Canon 600 EX-RT, Yongnuo 560 EX-III, Cononmark i6, Cononmark B4|
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