15th October 2012 | 3 comments
2012 has been a great year for JQW. I've met many awesome couples, did an engagement session in Paris...PARIS! I'm still pinching myself over that one. But I have never, ever done an engagement session like this one.
The title of the post says it all. Yes, Ardyan actually popped the question to Yuli DURING the engagement session. It was literally an engagement shoot!
Ardyan contacted me about a month ago, wanting a "couples shoot". Along the way, he realized that he and Yuli would be in London, dressed to the nines...what better time to propose? He told me his plans, arranged for a couple of their friends to come by with champagne and flowers after the proposal, and we all waited with bated breath for the day to come. Talk about nerve-wracking!!
I'm sure I've mentioned before about how easy it is to fall in love with Yuli. She of the doe eyes and sweet nature. Having met her for five minutes, you just want things to go well for her. I saw the way total strangers smiled at her, and I knew Ardyan was wise to, as Beyonce says, "put a ring on it"! We started off the evening shoot with a few pictures at Peggy Porschen, surely the prettiest cafe there ever was...
8th October 2012 | 1 comments
Guys! Guys. I have been so excited to share this three-part engagement session with you. That's right: THREE parts! Ardyan and Yuli booked me for two days, the first of which we spent in London and the second we spent in Oxford. When they first contacted me and told me about their ideas for the shoot, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
Yuli and Ardyan met in Jakarta, over dinner with friends. Throughout the dinner, they paid little attention to each other, spending the mealtime chatting with other friends instead. It wasn't until afterwards, as they walked off the heavy meal, that the two found themselves gravitating to each other. At the end of the night, Ardyan worked up the courage to ask for her Blackberry PIN, and it was downhill from there.
I usually prefer to give my pictures the smallest tweaks to balance out the light and have the colors remain natural, but when Yuli, with her doe eyes and sweet smile, asked me to give Part One of their engagement shoot a vintage wash, I found that I could not say no. And I'm glad I went in this direction, because there's something about the vintage colors that's just so...uniquely them.
3rd January 2012 | 2 comments
Last night, as we sat in our PJs with hot mugs of tea in our hands, Mike asked me what has been my favorite part of 2011 in terms of photography. It had been meant to be a simple question, I'm sure, but it took me so long to think of an answer that Mike had finished half of his drink before I opened my mouth. The thing is, there were simply too many things worth celebrating in 2011. Getting featured on prestigious wedding websites like Love My Dress
and Whimsical Wonderland Weddings
, for example. Getting to experience new things like photographing a wedding in a cinema museum...photographing my first Hindi ceremony...so many couples have opened their arms to me and welcomed me as one of their own.
On that note, I'd like to take a moment to thank all my lovely couples for having me as their photographer on the most important day of their lives. I'm sure this has been said before, but being a wedding photographer is truly an honor. It always hits me what a privilege it is to be able to capture moments that are so intimate between a couple. Here are a few of the best moments of 2011 told in pictures... (Read more...)
25th November 2011 | 4 comments
"Is that her?" As I peeked into the hall where Antonia and Sam sat holding hands, it took me a moment to recognize the glamorous bride with her smokey eyes and loose curls. I'd met Antonia and Sam when I did their Oxford engagement shoot, so I already knew that Antonia was naturally beautiful, but I was still floored when I saw her in her blue wedding dress. She'd gone from fresh-faced girl next door to total gorgeousness. And yes, I agree with everyone who commented that she bears a resemblance to Katie Holmes! Little wonder then, that it took Sam 5 hours to work up the courage to talk to Antonia when he first met her!
She knew they were right for each other when she injured her leg playing netball one day. She was rushed to the A & E, where she found Sam already there, anxiously awaiting her arrival. Then came a four hour wait. Despite the intense pain (and yes, it must've been intense because she had to have surgery!), at some point, Antonia realized that hey, I'm sitting in the A & E with a busted knee and I'm having fun! After this realization, she reasoned that if Sam could make this fun, then life with him was probably going to be just fine.
Their wedding was nothing like the usual wedding. They arranged for me to arrive at the end of the ceremony (photography wasn't allowed during the ceremony) and requested that I shot mostly candids. We did manage to sneak a few portraits in, but Antonia and Sam spent most of the day having a great time with their loved ones. The result was a set of the happiest wedding pictures I've come across. I could not stop smiling as I looked through the viewfinder at the end of the day, and more than once (when I came to pictures of Sam's dad, for example, who's hilarious) I found myself laughing out loud, which was somewhat embarrassing and made passersby avoid me. (Read more...)
13th July 2011 | 0 comments
Here's a wedding I've been just dying to share! Sue-Anne and Dom had their beautiful wedding in Kent a couple of months ago, and I simply could not stop staring and gushing at all of the beautiful details that Sue-Anne had poured into making her wedding simply amazing. From soft pink peonies adorning the reception rooms at Sundridge Park Manor to the pristine ivory cake, everything had obviously been planned and executed to perfection.
Obviously I don't need to tell you just how pretty Sue-Anne was. My camera loved her to bits! Dom, ever so suave in his spotless tux, was also a joy to work with. He slipped into all these dashing poses effortlessly...which is quite a rarity amongst men. ;) And augh, I could NOT get enough of the three little pageboys...they taught me quite a bit about posing and shooting kids, so I will have to do a techniques post on them soon. Sue-Anne and Dom, you guys were just so lovely, and your friends and family were the friendliest bunch of people I've met. I hope you two had a wonderful and relaxing honeymoon, you completely deserve it!
31st May 2011 | 1 comments
I've been to London enough times to know what to expect, but each time I visit the city, I still end up taking shots of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and whatever treat we end up getting at Paul's. There's just something about the intricate detailing of London architecture that screams "Take pics of me! Okay now take more pics of me!" Mike knows this about me, and is relatively supportive since he knows there's a Paul's hot chocolate at the end of the day.