Couple Photographer – Leah and Preston

I had the pleasure of spending the day with Leah and Preston back in May before they left Korea this time around. After a couple of years give-or-take on their tour of the peninsula, they were regretfully finished with their time here, and wanted to capture some photographs of themselves that would remind them of it. We chatted over coffee and came up with a style that would work for an already married couple; one that would not include standing at the palace gates in the rain with an umbrella at any point, we decided. Leah shared with me a collection of photos of the areas of Korea they both liked, and we worked out a schedule to squeeze everything in to a single day.

Somewhere between excessive neon lights and houses made without nails lies the Korea we know and love, and we set out to capture images with a well rounded look at the various aspects of Seoul. Leah and Preston’s journey up to the capital was always a long one and usually made on the subway, so we started there and took ourselves through Samcheong-dong, Bukchon, and some back streets in Jongno. We even managed to get in the We Are Young art that has become such a draw in the Samcheong-dong area.

Had a blast working with these guys. I hope everyone enjoys the photos!

 

Korea Pre Wedding Photographer

Korea Pre Wedding Photographer

Korea Pre Wedding Photographer

Korea Pre Wedding Photographer

Seoul Pre Wedding Photographer

Seoul Pre Wedding Photographer

Seoul Pre Wedding Photographer

Seoul Pre Wedding Photographer

Seoul Couple Photographer

Seoul Couple Photographer

Seoul Couple Photographer

Seoul Couple Photographer

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Seoul Couple Photographer

Jeju Island Pre Wedding – Sook & Maui

Jeju Island; what an idyllic location for a pre wedding shoot. Rolling mountains, vast oceans, clear blue skies. Certainly some of Korea’s most beautiful landscapes. Sook was also notably excited about the prospect. She contacted me a year out to book this shoot. Sook and Maui, being fans of natural scenery, were keen to include a lot of Jeju Island’s picturesque landscapes in their frames. We set to work planning an afternoon on Udo, a small island off the Seongsan coast.

I arrived two days in advance to scout the island and get my bearings again after a couple of years not visiting Jeju. Two wheels being my preferred mode of transport, I booked a scooter with ample room for my equipment and headed down to Jeju.

As luck would have it, the day I arrived, so did the rains. Droplets the size of marbles greeted me as I pulled out of the rental shop. Never mind, it should let up by tomorrow, Mr. Lee told me. The rains eased by morning, but the howling winds kept the ocean turbulent and all ferries to Udo were canceled that day. I spent the evening in Google street-view instead.

Come the following morning, while our makeup artist Natasha and Sook were working on makeup, Maui and I took a drive down to the port to check on the ferry situation. I inquired with the ticket salesman about the number of cars, and he said that on most days he could give an estimate of when we’d be able to get a ferry. But, with the cancellations the previous day, he wasn’t even sure we’d be able to get a ferry before late afternoon. We decided somewhat reluctantly that our time would be better spent on the main island of Jeju. I had somewhat expected this after the ferry cancellations and had scouted several locations close by our hotels as a backup.

And so we began. Sook and Maui were a great couple to work with; playful, fun, and willing to work with me on my whims – like standing in the ocean for a shot. Being from Malaysia, the cool spring winds were a little much at times, and I think they were glad for the respite of the car when we changed locations.

As no Korean experience would be truly complete without coffee at one of the chain stores (and we all needed a coffee!), we started in an empty cafe, then moved to the seaside the catch some of the early afternoon sun. With a view of Seongsan Sunrise Peak in the background, we started to really show Jeju’s beautiful scenery.

From there we drove back to Sunrise Peak and made use of the cove next to the Haenyeo House, and the setting sun with Hallasan. We could not have been luckier at sunset. Two days of rain had cleared the air, giving us perfect visibility of Hallasan and the Oreum, leaving us with some great final shots at Sunrise Peak.

Thanks again for a great day out, Sook & Maui! All the best with your wedding!

Please take a look at more of my pre wedding sessions, and if you’re looking to have your own pre wedding or engagement photographed, get in touch!

Korea Pre Wedding Photographer

Korea Pre Wedding Photographer

Korea Pre Wedding Photographer

Jeju Island Pre Wedding Photography

Jeju Island Pre Wedding Photography

Jeju Island Pre Wedding Photography

Jeju Island Pre Wedding Photographer

Jeju Island Pre Wedding Photographer

Korea Island Pre Wedding Photography

Jeju Island Pre Wedding Photographer

Jeju Island Pre Wedding Photographer

Vanessa and JR – Seoul Lifestyle Photographer

Vanessa and JR recently visited Seoul from Singapore. Vanessa had been here before on exchange, but it was her and JR’s first trip to Seoul as a couple. They wanted to make some lifestyle portraits that would showcase their love for each other and their trip to Seoul. Vanessa told me straight up that they were a fun and outgoing couple and that they wanted to have that shine through in the pictures. We picked an afternoon during their short visit to Seoul to capture their date in Samcheong-dong and Bukchon Hanok Village. The looming weather worried us all week, but the rains stopped minutes before we met and we were free to put our umbrellas away for the evening. We did get out our panda hoodies, though!

Colin and Sara – Seoul Wedding Photographer

In the winter of 2011, Colin and Sara got in touch with me about doing some post wedding photography to add to their album made by their previous wedding photographer back in the United States, and commemorate their time in Seoul, Korea as it came to an end.

Colin is also an excellent photographer (you can see his work on his website), and had a location in mind that he and Sara would like to use for their shoot – Seoul Arts Center. I had 20 or  so ideas scribbled in my notebook from my scouting session. I had planned all sorts of crazy situations to put these two in, but they had ideas of their own, and we ended up weaving the session together as it went along. Like an engagement photography session, the focus was to be on these two enjoying their time together, and that’s what we did.

The weather was cold, and the bureau had said it wasn’t likely to break before Colin and Sara left Korea. So we picked a day that looked like it would be above freezing and set out to shoot. Korean weather is always full of surprises, and our surprise today was 15 centimetres of snow and -2 degrees. But, we powered on and stopped for coffee too thaw our extremities from time to time.

One of the great things about being a photographer is the people you meet – Colin and Sara have become two of my best friends despite the fact that we now live more than 10,000 kilometres apart!