Strydom Family Portrait Session in Seoul

This family portrait session started with one of my favourite portraits. Hyeok was still a little unsure of my presence, and wasn’t really ready to accept me being a part of his family for the short time we would have together. For me, this sense of uncertainty mixed with curiosity is what makes this portrait so special. It is a side of him that didn’t last long, but was intense while it did. A few minutes later, we were making telescopes from our fingers and spying on each other from a distance. All the while, I kept shooting here and there, just to let him know that this was going to be part of our game today.

Although our session was short, we managed to get some running and playing in, along with a few portraits with mum and dad, and even some hide-and-seek. Hyeok’s playfulness was evident from the moment he opened himself up. Thankfully, we had the palace almost all to ourselves, so we could play as much as we liked. An old chimney was a favourite to hide behind as dad tried to find him. Once we moved out into the sun, we were able to some beautiful shadows and a view over the whole grounds.

Nicole, Hanno, and Hyeok, I hope to see you guys again when you come back to Korea!

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Strydom Family Portrait Session - Seoul

Strydom Family Portrait Session - Seoul

 

Strydom Family Portrait Session - Seoul

 

Strydom Family Portrait Session - Seoul

 

Strydom Family Portrait Session - Seoul

 

Strydom Family Portrait Session - Seoul

 

Strydom Family Portraits - Seoul

 

Strydom Family Portraits - Seoul

 

Strydom Family Portraits - Seoul

 

Strydom Family Portraits - Seoul

 

 

Orth Family – Jeju Island

How often is it that your good friends visit from abroad, invite you to one of the most beautiful parts of Korea, and ask you to make family photos for them while you’re there? Honestly, I wish it was more often! The Orths and I headed down to Jeju Island together in what would turn out to be one of the windiest times of the year so far. Despite the constant spring gales and subsequent flying hair, we drove around the north-east coast together for a day and made some fun photographs.

I’ve known the Orths since Davis first joined their family in 2014. We sat down one snowy evening at a tea house and swapped travel stories as they acclimatised to Seoul for the first time. Since then we’ve been in touch and I’ve worked with them for their second adoption and now as they visited Korea all together as a family. This time, we decided to spend some time together on Jeju during their visit. Before that, though, we had to get the boys out for their portraits as the Gentlemen of Jongno.

Seoul Family Portrait Photographer - Orth

Being a family photographer certainly has its perks. I mean, how many jobs are specifically about creating happy memories with people? I’ve loved every minute of working with the Orths and getting to know them over the time we’ve shared. It’s been a really quick four years, and I’m so thankful to have this family in my life. Can’t wait to see you guys again soon! One day we’ll get to your part of the world!

To enquire about your own session, please drop me a line. I look forward to creating lasting memories with your family as well!

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

Jeju Island - Orth Family Photography

 

 

Zebra Technologies APAC Summit – Incheon, Korea

Zebra Technologies held their APAC Summit and Partner Event at the Grand Hyatt Incheon Airport in 2016. It was a three-day affair including everything from presentations and workshops to a visit to the BMW Experience Centre for a few laps around the track. The goal of the event was to educate and entertain Zebra’s partners in the APAC region. They certainly did a great job of it. This was a really great event.

Arriving early on day one, I headed out to the golf course with the Zebra executives for a few minutes to capture the tee-off before heading over to the BMW Experience Centre to jump in the passenger seat. Although looking through the viewfinder with a wide angle lens on may not have been great for my stomach at over 200 kilometres per hour, it was great fun for all and we got some fun shots. We then headed back over to the Grand Hyatt Incheon for the welcoming dinner.

Korea Event Photographer - BMW Zebra

Korea Event Photographer - Zebra Technologies Golf Group Shot

Zebra Technologies Welcome Dinner - Korea Event Photographer

Then it was back to my hotel to edit the day’s images for a slideshow the following morning. The morning consisted of several introductions to new products and technologies before a break to get coffee and hands on time with the new products. The foyer was filled to the brim with all manner of picking and sorting systems for every industry. Demonstrations of scanners that could not only count inventory but detect if a product was facing the wrong way on a shelf. For someone outside the industry, it was really quite impressive to see what goes into these sorts of operations. Then it was time for lunch, seminars, and, of course, dinner and drinks at the end of the day.

Presentation - Zebra Partner Event Photographs

 

Presentation with Crowd - Zebra Corporate Event Photography

 

Walking to the Seminar - Corporate Event Photography

 

Seminar Room - Korea Event Photographer

 

Trying out new Devices - Event Photographer

 

The Foyer - Zebra Event Photographer

 

Winding Down - Event Photographer

Group Photo - Zebra Partner Event

One thing you can say about corporate event photography is that no two events are the same. This one was no exception. On day three, I was asked to make a group photo of everyone in attendance – approximately 300 people. We set this up in the foyer and chose the vantage point very early in the morning. To get this many people in, I would have to be above the crowd, so I would be perched on the spiral staircase you see above. On top of this, the are was unevenly lit and the mixed light would mean that it would be difficult to get correct colour. In the end, I opted to break out two flash heads and pop them into the white ceiling. This created an even wash of white light over the crowd and allowed me to get the shot you see below. Then we had to scoot around and get shots of each of the booths before the morning’s presentations and wrapping up the photography at lunch time.

Presentation - Zebra Event Photography

 

Booth - Zebra Event Photography

 

300 pax Group Shot - Zebra Event Photography

 

Booth - Zebra Event Photography

 

Thanks to Lyn at Jeannetic Koncepts and Zebra Technologies for having me along again this year. It was a blast and I look forward to working with you all again soon.

 

Yoon Family Photography – Seoul Korea

For me, family photography is all about capturing the best of every moment we are offered. Every child, just like every adult, is different. Some are extremely outgoing and we hit the ground running. Others need some time. Some are all smiles, while others are more serious or expressive in their own ways. Hannah was all of these and more, making for a wonderfully varied session.

We got together in the late afternoon at Changgyeonggung and spent an hour together in the warm light. Hannah’s personality shone through in all of its facets as we continued our session. From timid smiles in the beginning to all out laughter later on. Her curiosity had her looking around every corner, and her energy had us chasing her. Stealing dad’s glasses was a favourite activity, as well, which made for some very representative photographs.

As Hannah’s father, Rohan, was born in Korea, it was wonderful to be able to capture him with his family under the beauty of Korea’s traditional architecture. During the months of March, April, September, and October, we get the perfect combination of warm weather and palace opening hours.  In the late afternoon of a bright sunny day like this one, the colours of the palace come alive and make for absolutely beautiful images. We could not have had a better day for this session.

Thank you again to Jennifer, Rohan, and Hannah for making this such a special afternoon.

Looking to have your own family session during a trip to Korea? Please get in touch. I’d love to work with you!

Yoon Family Photography Session - Seoul Korea

Yoon Family Photography Session - Seoul Korea

Yoon Family Photography Session - Seoul Korea

Yoon Family Photography Session - Seoul KoreaYoon Family Photography Session - Seoul KoreaYoon Family Photography Session - Seoul Korea

Yoon Family Photography Session - Seoul Korea

Yoon Family Photography Session - Seoul Korea

Yoon Family Photography Session - Seoul KoreaYoon Family Photography Session - Seoul Korea

Yoon Family Photography Session - Seoul Korea

Yoon Family Photography Session - Seoul KoreaYoon Family Photography Session - Seoul Korea

ANZA Ball 2016 – Event and Photo Booth

As the event photographer, you get to see it all. The ANZA ball is always a great party. It brings Seoul’s locals and expats together for a night of Australian and New Zealand entertainment. Not only that, but silent auctions and raffles are held every year to support some of Korea’s most important charities. If you are in town, this is the event of the year and is not to be missed. I’ve had the pleasure of working as the photographer for the last six years now, and it’s always a blast.

Before the main event gets rolling, myself and my partner for the evening always run a photo booth for the attendees. This year, the theme revolved around Kylie Minogue, and ANZA had provided plenty of props to make the photo booth a lot of fun. With 400+ attendees and only around 45 minutes to run the booth, we’re blazing through couples and groups and working up a sweat before the night even begins. As soon as we shut the booth down, it’s time to start printing so we can have images ready as soon as dinner is finished. Our trusty dye-sub printer is capable of 3 prints per minute, and we can generally get the required 300+ prints done before dinner is over.

While this is happening, we’re also inside the ballroom photographing the main event. Between speeches, raffles, sponsors, and entertainment, there’s not a moment to sit down for us or the attendees. Enough from me, though, check out the event below!

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

Seoul Corporate Event Photographer - ANZA Ball

The Wiesner Family – Seoul Photographer

As I sit here writing, it is pouring rain outside as our monsoon season begins. The rising humidity has reached its peak and now is getting an injection from the downpour that opened up a few hours ago. My balcony is ankle deep in water and I feel a longing for the nicer times of the year. So, today we’ll journey back to spring and meet the Wiesner family.  
Taylor, Jeremy, and their son Parker were here during some of the most pleasant days we’ve had all year. It wasn’t too cool or too hot and the air was clear. One such day, we headed out to Changgyeong-gung together to get some family pictures to remember their time here. 
Parker was all giggles and energy for our whole session. His affectionate and fun-loving personality shone through on and off camera. So, we had no troubles getting quite a few different locations into our short session.
We started in the beautiful spring grass. Seoul really comes alive for a few weeks from the end of April to the middle of May, and it seemed like a waste not to spend a few moments in the garden area of the palace while it was so beautiful. 
Then we headed over to make use of the gorgeous traditional architecture. Changgyeong-gung differs from the other of Seoul’s palaces in that, for the most part, the paint is left to its own devices. Whereas Gyeongbok-gung, Changdeok-gung, and Deoksu-gung get a regular touch up, Changgyeong-gung still has some peeling paint and faded colours that give it a much more endearing feel. Coupled with the gorgeous light of late spring, we made some beautiful images on this afternoon. 
Are you visiting Seoul? Please do get in touch to book your own family session while you’re here. In the meantime, please enjoy the images!
Wiesner - Seoul Family Photographer
Wiesner - Seoul Family Photographer
Wiesner - Seoul Family Photographer
Wiesner - Seoul Family Photographer
Wiesner - Seoul Family Photographer
Wiesner - Seoul Family Photographer
Wiesner - Seoul Family Photographer
Wiesner - Seoul Family Photographer
Wiesner - Seoul Family Photographer
Wiesner - Seoul Family Photographer
Wiesner - Seoul Family Photographer

Wyatt Proposes to Allison in Seoul – Couple Photographer

The cherry blossoms. Oh! The cherry blossoms. Wyatt contacted me about his proposal earlier this year, and we set out to plan the perfect scene for him to propose to Allison. She would be visiting for a few days in April, and Wyatt was hoping to capture the proposal under the gorgeous cherry blossoms of Seoul’s spring. We met early one Sunday morning under a canopy that would soon be covered with blossoms and got everything planned for the big day. Or so we thought.

You see, the cherry blossoms very rarely work out on the day you need them to. Our date had us shooting one day after the predicted peak of the blossoms. This should have been the perfect time as the blooms would still be fresh and clean. But, as tends to happen in spring here, we got some rain. Just a couple of hours drizzle and a light wind knocked them all to the ground five days before the session and we had to re-plan.

We quickly decided on a palace to give us something grounded in Korea and hopefully find some straggling cherry or plum blossoms to shoot a few frames with after the proposal. Arriving early, I found the palace empty of people and a single tree in full bloom. Realising it was too late to change the plans without something going wrong, I quickly formulated a few ideas I could knock out in the few minutes I would have with the couple.

I found a spot where I could remain relatively hidden from sight and locked down my exposure to make sure I’d get everything just right. Wyatt and Allison arrived and it was game on. I quickly ran over and switched on my time-lapse camera for a second angle. Although Wyatt had said he would do a lap of the palace first before arriving at our spot, nerves had kicked in and he bee-lined for the spot the moment he got to the top of the stairs.

Three minutes later, it was all over and as Allison examined her ring and finally took a look around, she spotted me and burst out laughing. We spent the next 15 minutes shooting quickly around the palace and then parted ways so the two could go out to lunch together.

If you’re looking to have a photographer for your proposal in Seoul or anywhere around Korea, please reach out!

Seoul Proposal - Couple Photographer

Seoul Proposal - Couple Photographer

Seoul Proposal - Couple Photographer

Seoul Proposal - Couple Photographer

Seoul Proposal - Couple Photographer

Seoul Proposal - Couple Photographer

Seoul Proposal - Couple Photographer

Seoul Proposal - Couple Photographer

Seoul Proposal - Couple Photographer

Seoul Proposal - Couple Photographer

Seoul Proposal - Couple Photographer

Seoul Proposal - Couple Photographer

Conner Comes Home – Seoul Family Photographer

Megan, Tim, and I met a couple of weeks before Conner’s custody for a cup of coffee. We’re all coffee snobs, so getting to know each other over a fine cup and a chat about the ins and outs of life in Korea was great fun. Each custody session I take part in is something I approach with a mixture of trepidation and anticipation. Every family has a unique story that needs to be told, and we have very little time to do it in. It is always great to get to know the family beforehand.

As with all adoptions, Megan and Tim had plenty of questions about just how things go during custody and my experiences with families afterwards. Having worked with almost 100 families during their adoptions at this point, I have been a part of so many different stories and was able to share a few of these with them before the big day.

On the day, Conner arrived with his foster-mother and we were quickly hustled into our meeting room to ask final questions and have a short play session before jumping in the van and speeding down the rainy highway home. Having worked with Conner’s foster-mother before, I had a good idea of what to expect from the session. She is an exceptional woman who raises polite and caring children with so much love and care. Conner was no exception to this. To all present, he was open and loving. Megan and Tim are so lucky to have such a loving woman being a part of their son’s life.

As we stepped into the hotel room, Conner’s interest was peaked and we spent the next hour or so playing in the room together with the array of toys that had been laid out for him. The cloudy afternoon provided a beautifully soft window light for our session. With all the love flying around, it was tough to leave, but I had another session to be at and had to tear myself away. Check out some of our fun below.

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

 

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

Family Photographer in Seoul - Conner's Custody Session

 

Chandler Comes Home – Seoul Family Photographer

Last year, I shared with you the first meeting between Chandler and his family. A short time later, I was given the opportunity to work with Tara and Brandon again as they returned to take custody of Chandler and bring him home forever. We saw last time how it took Chandler a short time to warm up and become comfortable around his family. This time, it would be an outpouring of love that greeted the family.

Chandler leapt straight into his father’s arms and played with his parents without reservation for our entire time at the agency together. He bravely said goodbye to his loving foster mother, and we got into the van to bring him home with his parents forever. It was drizzling the entire way, and when Chandler wasn’t giggling and playing with his parents, he was trying to touch the raindrops on the outside of the windows.

Seoul Family Photographer

Korea Family Photographer

Korea Family Photographer

Korea Family Photographer

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Seoul

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

After we got inside, Chandler ran straight away to explore the house and found some new toys. He flew his toy aeroplane around the room for a while, but then he discovered the pillows on the bed. That’s when the real mischief started. I continued shooting for just over an hour to catch as much of the fun as I could before heading out.

Thank you again to Tara and Brandon for having me there for the some of the most precious moments of their lives. It would be great some time to meet the whole tribe!

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Korea

Family Photographer in Korea

Family Photographer in Korea

Family Photographer in Korea

Family Photographer in Korea

Family Photographer in Korea

Family Photographer in Korea

 

Albert and Logan – Proposal and Engagement Photography in Seoul

Albert reached out in the middle of last year to check on my availability to photograph his proposal and a short e-session afterwards. The lines went dead for a few months, but I heard back from him again in January letting me know that he’d finally got everything sorted and would be in Seoul at the end of February. His preference of date slipped right in between my return from Laos and a family photography session, but we would be able to schedule the session.

Planning wouldn’t be able to happen until the day-of because of scheduling, but we stayed in touch on WhatsApp and I was able to scout and feed information to Albert in real-time as I planned the exact details for him. We had decided to use the beautiful Royal Residence, Unhyeongung, for the proposal. Albert’s partner, Logan, has a great interest in history and architecture, so it seemed like the perfect location and a great distraction for him so he wouldn’t know what Albert was planning.

Albert’s initial idea was to use Bukchon Hanok Village, but we decided to move the proposal to Unhyeongung because Bukchon gets extremely crowded. We could always go there after the proposal! I suggested a small courtyard that I knew because it would be backlit by the sun and show off the palace architecture really well. As Albert would be proposing just a couple of hours before sunset, we would have the beautiful afternoon sunlight behind him as he dropped to one knee. Provided we didn’t get a case of Seoul’s formidable pollution, things would look wonderful.

Despite the freezing weather, Albert had somehow managed to convince Logan to come out in nothing but a light jacket. For this, I will be forever grateful, as the pictures look great, but I think Logan will remember it in a very different way! By the end of the session, it was dark and getting very cold. Both gents were extremely good sports, especially considering they’d just flown in from Orlando!

It was a great afternoon out with Albert and Logan, and I want to thank them both again for entrusting this special moment in their lives to me. Please do check out the full story from Logan’s perspective over at The Knot, and get in touch with me to discuss your own proposal or engagement session in Seoul.

 

Seoul LGBT Proposal & Engagement Photographer

Seoul LGBT Proposal & Engagement Photographer

Seoul LGBT Proposal & Engagement Photographer

Seoul LGBT Proposal & Engagement Photographer

Seoul Proposal & Engagement Photographer

Seoul Proposal & Engagement Photographer

Seoul Proposal & Engagement Photographer

Seoul LGBT Proposal & Engagement Photographer

Seoul LGBT Proposal & Engagement Photographer

Seoul LGBT Proposal & Engagement Photographer

Seoul LGBT Proposal & Engagement Photographer

Seoul LGBT Proposal & Engagement Photographer