2016 Year in Review Part 2 – Seoul Photographer

We left off last time at the beginning of spring and sunshine. As April warms up, we tend to getting a lot more pre-wedding photography, and this year was no different. Before getting there, though, I worked with an old client of mine Jeanetic Concepts on Zebra Technologies’ APAC conference out at Incheon’s Grand Hyatt Hotel. The three day conference was held for 300 people across the entire bottom floor of the hotel. On day 2, I was tasked with making a group shot of every single attendee. There was only one place for it, looking down from the lobby into the basement level. It took some doing to get everyone there on time, but we pulled off the biggest group shot I’ve done to date!

Event Photographer in Seoul Korea, Group Photo

Then it was back out into the open to work with Kevin and Malia on their pre-wedding images. As colleagues of a couple I worked with last year, Alice and Erick, they had seen my work and wanted to squeeze in their own session before heading off to have their wedding with family back home. We met and spent an afternoon planning, all the while expecting the weather to be a beautiful spring day come shoot time. The day before, the rain started. According to the weather report, it would continue for another couple of days. I braced myself for shooting in between squalls and asked Marco Devon to come out as assistant so I could make some dramatic shots against the storm clouds. I dropped down into the subway that morning to head over to their apartment and meet them before the shoot, but when I popped back up, the rain had stopped, the clouds were parting, and we were looking at some of the clearest skies we have had all year. These were the results.

Seoul Pre-Wedding Photographer

Seoul Pre-Wedding Photographer

Seoul Pre-Wedding Photographer

Then it was on to some fun and games with the Barch family for their first family photography session together. We had a wonderful day split between a palace and a coffee shop. Young Jude even made an effort to order for us at the cafe. All in all, a great morning with great people! I hope that you’re all well!

Seoul, Korea - Family Photography

Seoul, Korea - Family Photography

Seoul, Korea - Family Photography

Seoul, Korea - Family Photography

A few days later, I got to spend the morning with a couple of little darlings from Singapore. Despite having colds from the rapid temperature change they experienced coming to Korea at the end of winter, they were troopers, and we had a fun-filled morning at the palace near their hotel.

Family Photographer in Seoul Korea

Family Photographer in Seoul Korea

It’s not often I blog corporate event photography on this site, but there were a couple of events that really stood out to me in this quarter. At the end of April, ANZA Korea held their annual ball and went above and beyond even their grandest efforts. One corner that particularly stood out was the Nespresso presence. They put on an excellent show, and some fine cocktails based around their capsule coffee. A few shots from that night below!

Seoul, Korea Event Photographer Nespresso

Seoul, Korea Event Photographer Nespresso

Then it was back to family photography again with the Cradic family. Betsy and Winn had a laughter filled first meeting with Gus. It was non-stop energy and play with this little guy and even that one hour was exhausting for everyone. The Cradic family are going to be fit for life with this little fellow in their house.

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Occasionally, in between all of the work, I get a few moments to explore the city of Seoul and shoot a few frames of my own. Below are a few images that I love from this quarter. Each speaks something about Seoul to me, and I hope you can appreciate where they come from as well.

Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

No rest for the wicked, though. I slipped onto a plane that week to visit my good friends Andy and Laura Faulk in Tokyo. Good friends of mine since our time together in Seoul, Andy and Laura had asked me to come over and make some portraits of their family. How could I refuse the invitation to visit two of my best friends, the life they had created together, one of my favourite places on earth, and make photographs of it all together? I got weak at the knees. So much love for these people and for their part in my life. I hope only that the pictures I made are close to their hearts from here on out. Thank you both. Love you to bits and miss the heck out of you. It’s time for some dalkgalbi.

Family Photographer

Family Photographer

Family Photographer

Family Photographer

Family Photographer

Dropping back into town, I soon had the opportunity to shoot with one of Korea’s premiere Hanbok designers, Lee Young-Hee on her new collection as part of a world tour she was doing. The shoot was quick, with absolutely no time for preparation or concepts as I would be working in between the video team shooting. Over the course of 5 hours, we had approximately 15 minutes to shoot as much material as possible. Below are a couple of the frames I’m happy with from the day.

Seoul Fine Art Photographer

Seoul Fine Art Photographer

I also got to spend a week with the New Zealand community as they held their New Zealand food and wine events for the year. We had some really great promotional events in Seoul and Busan as part of this effort, and needless to say, it made me a little homesick. New Zealand is about the closest thing you can get to Australia without actually being Australia, and the culture, smells, and flavours were so reminiscent of home it was hard to wipe the ear-to-ear grin off my face and concentrate on work. A big thanks to the New Zealand Embassy in Seoul and the Kiwi Chamber. On my way back up from Busan, I had an opportunity to visit my favourite brewery in Korea, Boksundoga. It is a family run business that produces the finest makkeolli on the peninsula. None of that green bottled garbage here, just quality ingredients and years of know-how. I reached out and let them know about my series of Korean artists, and they were more than happy to give me a little time before I headed back up to Seoul. A big thanks to Jason Teale for driving me out there as well!

Korea Fine Art Photograper

Then it was back to family photography for the next few weeks to finish up the quarter. First, I spent a super-early morning with the Black family for Gibson’s first birthday. Being born in Korea, we took him out in a Hanbok and had a great time around their beautiful home of Yeonhui-dong. Then I got to spend a whole day with the Bailey family as they romped around Seoul with their son, before meeting up with the Cradic family again to finalise their adoption and spend another few hours together. As if things weren’t going wonderfully enough, I even got to work with my first Australian adoptive family!

Family Photographer in Seoul, South Korea  Family Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

Family Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

Family Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

Family Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

Family Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

Family Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

Family Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

Family Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

Family Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

But wait, there’s more! On June 20th, months of hard work culminated in an exhibition to launch my first book, Hmäe Sün Näe Ti Cengkhü Nu. On the rooftop of Mi Casa, we had almost 100 people join us throughout the night to celebrate the completion of the work and the launch of the Kickstarter. We also discovered that day that our guide’s mother was sick, and managed to raise enough money to cover her hospital bills through a last-minute raffle. Thanks to everyone for their support that night! And thanks to Wes for putting this video together!

See you next time for even more laughter and good times. Take care, everyone!

Seoul Fine Art Photographer

2014 Year in Review – Part 4 – Seoul Photographer

Here we are at the fourth and final slice of 2014. After finally delivering all of the work from last year, I have collected a few of my favourites from October, November, and December to share with you in a final year in review post. Parts one, two, and three are up as well, if you haven’t seen them yet.

October started with an amazing two-day workshop that Andy Faulk and I co-hosted for Flash Light Expeditions in Gyeongju, South Korea. We spent two action packed days crafting photographic mini-stories all over Gyeongju. My favourite frame from my first story was this lady who had traveled almost 300km from Gwangju to visit the Buddha hall at Bulguksa.

Bulguksa, Gyeongju

Soon after returning to Seoul, I was able to spend a day with with Murphree family as they bonded with their new son, Jack Cruz. There were so many wonderful moments during the day as these two children explored life as siblings, and their parents adjusted to having two active young gentlemen around the house. The full story can be found in the original Day in the Life post.

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Korea Family Photographer

Korea Family Photographer

I would also spend a shorter day with the Tsong family, and have quite a few runs down the slide as we discovered Danny’s love for taking the slide on his back and staring at the sky.

Family Photographer Seoul

Before winter set in, the Zanes family and I would also spend a day on the town with their son Michael taking the lead. We went from park to palace, and back again, to see the sights during their short stay. Michael loved his new siblings just as much as they loved him, giving their parents an easy day! The full story for this warm autumn day will be up soon!

Zanes Family - Korea Family Photographer

Zanes Family - Korea Family Photographer

Zanes Family - Korea Family Photographer

Getting used to the Fuji x-t1 was fun over these few months as well. I took to the streets with Marco Devon to shoot a few portraits and see how the Fuji would hold up. It did spectacularly. As a portrait camera, it does not disappoint.

Fuji x-t1 Portrait

November was filled with great family times as well. Starting with this lovely young lady, her parents and their dog, Chewy.

Seoul Family Photographer

And an afternoon in the leaves with the Pierson family…

Family Photographer Seoul

And getting to know Henry with Taylor and Dave…

Family Photographer Korea

Family Photographer Korea

A 200 person group shot inside a theatre for the opening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Seoul.

Seoul Event Photographer

The cold weather didn’t stop us from heading outside in December. We started off with a vacation session with the Keoy family as they visited Everland for a day.

Korea Family Photographer

Korea Family Photographer

And a post-wedding session with Jasmine and Joseph for Jasmine’s visit to Seoul.

Seoul Pre Wedding Photography

And to wrap the year, a visit to Kidzania with my niece as her school holidays started.

Seoul Photographer

2015 is already in full-swing, so look out for plenty more blogs coming over the next few weeks. Happy New Year, all!

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!