29th February 2013 | 0 comments
What a great way to kick off 2013's wedding season! It was absolutely freezing when I met up with Laura and David at the Christ Church Meadows, but, cheesy as this is to say, the two of them made the cold bearable.
One of the things I love so much about being a wedding photographer is the chance to meet the quirkiest, sweetest people and hear about their love stories. I love couples who, buffetted along on the whims of life, bump into each other. A love story that might never had happened if not for the unexpected quality of life.
Laura and David are one such couple. Laura, a Canadian, met David, a Chinese-Malaysian, while studying in Oxford. Over the years, as their relationship deepened, he took her to Malaysia, where they celebrated Chinese New Year with his family. In return, she took him to Canada, where they skied until it hurt to walk.
22nd November 2012 | 0 comments
Phew! Folks, unfortunately we have come to the final part of Yuli and Ardyan's shoot. But talk about ending on a high note! As before, they went all out and prepared everything you could think of for a picnic engagement shoot. Yep, complete with a soft wool blanket, champagne, and all sorts of pastries. Have I told you how much I loved working with them?
We started out by taking a few pictures around Oxford before finishing with a picnic at Christ Church Meadows. To say it was freezing would not do justice to the teeth-chattering, bone-shaking cold that plagued us throughout the shoot. Wrapped in my thick winter coat, I still found myself shivering and stamping my feet every five seconds so they wouldn't go numb...so I can't imagine what it was like for Yuli and Ardyan to have to take off their coats for the pictures. But they did not complain once. I just wanted to put them in my pocket and keep them forever.
Without further ado, here is the final part of Yuli and Ardyan's engagement session.
22nd September 2012 | 2 comments
It is no secret how wedding-obsessed I am. I spend most of my mornings looking through wedding blogs, and more often than not, whenever I see a beautiful engagement shoot published on a wedding blog, there will always be comments along the lines of "I wish my hubs and I thought of doing an engagement shoot before we got married!" Well guys, maybe it's true that "engagement" shoots can only be taken before your wedding...but guess what: It's never too late to have beautiful pictures of you taken as a married couple! This is precisely why we have wedding shoots. Some photographers call them Beloved sessions, others call them wedding or post-wedding shoots. I call it "grabbing life by the cajones". ;)
Yvonne and Luke tied the knot last year, but didn't have a chance to be photographed in their wedding outfits. Rather than giving up the thought of being photographed in her luscious wedding dress, Yvonne arranged a time for them to have a wedding shoot after the wedding. Not only that, but after the shoot, they arranged for a wedding lunch with their friends and family. You see, Yvonne is from Hong Kong, and Luke is from Witney. They now live in Dubai, so you can see what a challenge it is for them to get their family and friends all together to celebrate their union. But they grabbed life by the cajones and made it happen.
Boy, was I ever so glad they did. I'm certain that Yvonne and I will remain friends long after their wedding shoot. Easy with her smiles, Yvonne has one of the most infectious laughs ever. Every time she laughed, I couldn't help but laugh along with her. And although she'd warned me that she's not very photogenic, once I saw her in person, looking like the personification of the word FABULOUS, I knew we were going to be juuuust fine.
13th August 2012 | 3 comments
How do you react when someone tells you they're spending their 9th-year anniversary being photographed by you? I had nooo clue how to react to that! I was simply quite overwhelmed by the privilege of being able to spend the time with them on such an important day.
Beng and Wai Ping have been together for nine years, three of those having been spent long-distance, with one person in Cardiff and the other in Cambridge. "Three years?!" I exclaimed. They nodded, smiling, as I shook my head in disbelief. I spend about two months out of the year shooting weddings overseas, and that's hard enough on me and the hubs. I can't imagine spending three years away from my loved one. What kind of strength must one possess for that kind of tenacity?
But there you have it. I am fortunate enough to come across all sorts of couples in my line of work, and Beng and Wai Ping are proof that love really DOES conquer all. They will be getting married later this year in Malaysia, where I am sure Wai Ping will make a radiant bride. While snapping pictures of them, I was struck by the quiet affection that Beng showed...such as helping Wai Ping with her dress and carrying her bouquet for her without being asked to...and once again, I thank god that I am able to share this moment with them.
4th August 2012 | 0 comments
They met in the States, two months before she was due to move to Oxford for her studies. What the heck, they thought, they'd give it a shot. So Keely and Mike spent the first year of their relationship across the ocean from each other, until Mike was accepted into a Masters program in Reading and was able to finally be together with the girl of his dreams.
Soon after he moved, Mike proposed to Keely in Prague, her favorite city. For this long-distance romance, there is to be a happy ending after all.
I listened to their story with goosebumps all over my arms. Even though I'd only just met them, it was impossible not to immediately love Keely, with her shy smile and easy humor. Not hard to see why Mike would chase her all the way around the world!
29th May 2012 | 2 comments
What are the chances that two American students would meet in Oxford, England, fall in love, and, get this, plan on getting married on the same day as three of their siblings?
Megan and Bradford will be tying the knot in Arizona this year, along with Bradford's brother and two sisters. Four weddings on the same day. Talk about multiplying the joy!
We began their engagement shoot at sunrise, and if ever there's a couple who could make me feel good about dragging myself out of bed so early in the morning, it's Megan & Bradford. We started at the Radcliffe Camera before going on to Exeter College, Brasenose College, and finishing up at Christ Church Meadows, and I gotta tell ya, my camera and I could not get enough of this couple!
25th March 2012 | 2 comments
"I'm really bad at posing for pictures," warned Lukxmi as I set up my camera. I looked at her for a second, taking in her dark eyes and infectious smile.
"You'll be just fine," I said. And you know what? I was totally right, of course. ;)
We were fortunate to catch a rare day of sunshine and kicked off the engagement shoot at the Christ Church Meadows in Oxford early so as to beat the Sunday crowd. I'm not a morning person (even though I like to encourage my couples to shoot at sunrise to catch the best possible light) and neither are Lukxmi and Paul, but being around them is like settling down with a hot mug of rich coffee. It's obvious within the first few minutes of meeting them that they're ridiculously intelligent (they're both doctors), but they're so friendly and easy-going that I found myself talking to them as easily as though we'd known each other for a long time.