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

Chan Family – Seoul Family Photographer

Betsy contacted me after seeing a family session I had done with some friends of hers from her son’s school. Juggling our relative travel schedules was tricky, but we finally managed to get together and organise a session for the beauty of autumn in Seoul. We got one of the last warm days of the year for this session, and Seoul did not disappoint with some spectacular autumn light for us to work in. With loving parents and energetic children to add to this, we came back with some gorgeous keepsakes for their time in Seoul.

One thing that often comes up in sessions did come up this day. The kids got hungry, and of course wanted a snack. What do we do in situations like that? We take a short break and let them have a snack. It’s better for everyone in the end. Once you lose the children to hunger or cold, you’ve lost them. They don’t really come back from that place.

Being a family photographer gives you the ability to really showcase the best in a family and record moments of joy and bonding that are unique to the genre. I believe very strongly in capturing what the children give me that day, and how they interact with their parents. My goal for each and every session is to show them at their very best and allow their personalities to shine through. Although a clean and perfect image is always in the back of my mind, if a cookie gets in hand and creates a beautiful moment, I will not try to take it away. Small details like this will allow your children to be themselves throughout the session without fear of reprimand, thus creating a natural environment for them to be themselves.

Looking for a family photographer in Seoul? Please get in touch to discuss your own session!

Chan Family - Seoul Photographer

Chan Family - Seoul Photographer

Chan Family - Seoul Photographer

Chan Family - Seoul Photographer

Chan Family - Seoul Photographer

Chan Family - Seoul Photographer

Chan Family - Seoul Photographer

Chan Family - Seoul Photographer

Chan Family - Seoul Photographer

 

2016 Year in Review Part 3 – Seoul Photographer

The clock ticked over and we’d blown the funding goal out of the water for our Kickstarter project. Wesley, Pablo, and I sat down for a well deserved glass of whiskey and stared out at the Han River for a couple of hours. A mixture of shock, affirmation, and fear for what was to come kept us running on adrenaline as we chatted through how far we had come. The book was ready, but little did we know how difficult it would be to print. We had made samples and contracts well in advance, and had a relationship with our printer. However, as anyone who has lived over here can tell you, nothing is ever confirmed until the last minute. In the end, it took us nearly three months to print what should have been done in a few days. But we got there, and it looks fantastic. If you haven’t got a copy yet, please support the Lai Tu Chin people by picking one up from my store!

Back to photographing families in Seoul, though! I had a great few months here that began with Faye bringing her children over to Korea for a holiday and us spending a whole day exploring the city together. From their beautiful Hanok stay to the parks all around the city, we trekked around but could not wear the kids out. Thanks for a great day, guys!

Seoul, Korea - Documentary Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Documentary Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Documentary Family Photographer

Travis and Kim Bolton were my next family session for this quarter. We headed out to Seoul forest to soak up the beautiful greens and get ourselves a few mosquito bites! Despite Kai having a rough couple of days with a virus running through his system, he perked up in the sunlight and we had a great session together.

Seoul, Korea - Family Photographer

Next up was the Mohr family. With three adopted boys, they decided to visit Korea and give their children a chance to see their birthplace as they grow up. In amongst visiting their foster families and visiting everything they could, we got to squeeze in a family session to get some portraits of the boys at Gyeongbokgung one morning. Each of the boys had such a different personality, and it was quite a challenge to get them all showing themselves in one picture, but I think the below two give you a fair idea!

Seoul, Korea - Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Family Photographer

The joy that is a new adoption came to my doorstep again with the Swanner family. Tara and Brandon were adding number FIVE to their family in young Chandler! We had a fantastic morning at the agency and then again when they returned to take custody of him. Tara and Brandon are inspiring parents, and their love and dedication for their children is quite overwhelming. Hope we can see you all soon!

Seoul, Korea - Documentary Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Documentary Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Documentary Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Documentary Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Family Photographer

Between all of this, it was time for some editorial work for South China Morning Post and Malaysia Airlines’ Magazine. I love this sort of work because it forces me to re-explore Seoul. After a while, the city becomes the norm, a place to live and nothing more. Working for international publications means I have to see it in its best light. It’s a great exercise in renewing your love for a place. A couple of shots from that time are below.

Seoul, Korea - Editorial Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Editorial Photographer

Of course, it also helps when you get to travel a little. I’ve spent quite a bit of time on Jeju Island this year, which despite its over-the-top development at the hands of new land owners, is still one of my favourite places in the country. The ocean all around is a calming presence, and brings you back down to earth after the mayhem of Seoul. Here is one of my favourites from my time down there.

Jeju Island, Korea - Fine Art Photographer

Another favourite spot of mine is Jeonju. This beautiful little city is another example of rampant commercialisation, but pockets of beauty can still be found there as well. I spent a day with Chris and Kim photographing their pre-wedding photos in the old city. Ducking and weaving our way past the tourist hotspots to the simpler, prettier parts of town, we made some great images in the gorgeous light that the town gets courtesy of not having high-rise buildings everywhere. The following day, I squeezed in a little personal shooting time before heading back up to Seoul. Countryside Korea is wonderfully friendly and full of characters, and Jeonju is no exception.

Jeonju, Korea - Pre-Wedding Photographer

Jeonju, Korea - Pre-Wedding Photographer

Jeonju, Korea - Pre-Wedding Photographer

Jeonju, Korea - Pre-Wedding Photographer

Jeonju, Korea - Editorial Photographer

A couple more wonderful afternoons days out with families this month would get me through to my final assignment of the quarter. Both sessions were held at Changgyeonggung, my favourite palace in Seoul because it’s so quiet and rustic. Not to mention that it’s surrounded by park land!

Seoul, Korea - Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Family Photographer

Seoul, Korea - Family Photographer

Last up was a job with Thermo Fisher Scientific working on their staff stories. My job was to show Tony, VP & GM of Thermo Fisher Korea, in his story of unity within Seoul. Tony’s team address some huge issues in Korea, such as air quality, which anyone who has been here can tell you about. Tony’s story revolves around getting everyone working together to solve a common problem. Thankfully, we had one of the clearest days of the year to show off their good work!

Seoul, Korea - Commercial Photographer

On top of all of this, I am proud to announce that my second large personal project is under way. Myself and Marco Tessiore visited Taiwan during the week of Typhoon Meranti (hardly planned, but you take what you can get!) to begin working with additional tribes practising facial tattoos in Asia. Amongst the Taiwanese aborigines, many practised facial tattoos in the past, but very few living examples remain. We visited in order to explore their culture and hear their stories. Many are now too frail to participate in our project, but of the people we were able to meet, you can see some samples below. A new site has been set up to facilitate this project, and we are looking for funding to complete a pan-Asia project of tattooed faces. Please do let us know if you are interested in helping out or know someone who might be!

Asian Fine Art Photographer

Thank you again for taking the time to follow me on this journey. Next week will be the last instalment for this year. Check back then!

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

2016 Year in Review Part 1 – Seoul Photographer

This year has been a roller coaster ride in every respect, and a wonderful one at that. Last year was my busiest to date, and I was glad to be scheduling some time at the beginning of 2016 to work on a personal project again. Despite 2016 being a little quieter than 2015, there was still plenty happening and a lot of changes. As per usual, this blog will be set out into 4 parts, covering the four quarters of the year to give some breathing room to the pictures. So, without further delay…

Before taking off on my personal project with Wesley Chang, I had a few families flying in that I would be working with. The very first family I ever worked with on an adoption, the Sharp family, were flying in to take custody of their second wonderful boy, Sam. It was so wonderful to see them, and to spend time with Jae, their first son. It was the Sharps’ decision to reach out and work with me on that first visit to Korea that shaped the direction for my photography from then on. They opened my eyes to something I didn’t even know was possible, and I fell in love with the process right away. A big thanks to Kala and Gary for that, and I look forward to seeing you and the boys again next year!

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Seoul

I also had the chance to work with another family I had met through their first adoption as well, the Andersons. The cheeky little ball of sweetness that is Ezra was coming back to meet his sister this time, and we would spend quite some time together during their long visit. This job that I do does not only get me access to the most intimate times in a family’s journey, but introduces me to friend after friend during the process. Dan and Ester have been such a blessing to meet, and I hope that it’s not too long before our paths cross again.

Family Photographer in Korea

Family Photographer in Korea

That was the beginning of January, then I was off to New Zealand for a friend’s wedding for a few days before flying to Myanmar to begin my personal project. This was something that came about during my visit to Mrauk U last year, and grew and changed in my mind until it was ready to be realised. I set out to create a book that would be able to sustainably assist in providing primary education and drinking water for a group of people called the Lai Tu in Rakhine State. I mentioned the project to Wesley Chang, who decided he would come along to make video during the journey. He in turn introduced me to Pablo Fuentes Gomez, who would come to design the final book and promotional materials for the project.

We set off on a 3 week journey up and down the Lemro River and its tributaries in Rakhine State. Somewhere between 20cm long centipedes, feral dogs, military and police escorts, and a few cases of food poisoning, we managed to make our way back home with around 500gb of footage and stills to work into this huge project. After three months of solid work, we launched our Kickstarter campaign with an exhibition in Seoul. The turnout was more than we could have expected, and the level of support humbled us completely. Below are a few images from the journey and the book, which is available from my personal site.

Fine Art Photographer - Myanmar

Fine Art Photographer - Myanmar

Lai Tu Chin Fine Art Photographer - Myanmar

Behind the scenes by Wesley Chang Photo

Lai Tu Chin Fine Art Photographer - Myanmar

Lai Tu Chin Fine Art Photographer - Myanmar

Lai Tu Chin Fine Art Photographer - Myanmar

Lai Tu Chin Fine Art Photographer - Myanmar

Behind the Scenes by Wesley Chang Photo

Lai Tu Chin Fine Art Photographer - Myanmar

Lai Tu Chin Fine Art Photographer - Myanmar

Returning from this journey was quite a shock, but I had a few days to get my head back into city life before a few more family sessions and a menu update for Mi Casa in Itaewon. First up was the Delk family. We spent a short while in their hotel room before heading out to play on the grass at Changgyeonggung for a while. It was a fun session with this cute little lady, who was super brave and embraced the day with us.

Seoul Family Photographer

Then, I had a short session with the Maisami family as they were preparing to leave Seoul. We had a great day out in the park riding our bikes, chasing birds, and getting dad on all the children’s rides. I feel like the below image really sums up the outing we had in its closeness and silliness. What a wonderful day.

Seoul Family Photographer

Of course, then came that time of year when Mi Casa updates their menu and we come up with a new concept to display their food in all its glory. Not to mention, everyone takes their belts off at the beginning of the day, as it would be a crime to let this wonderful food go to waste. This time around, we decided to make the menu a lot more visual by laying all the dishes out together with their ingredients. With this in mind, we had a huge background custom made, and set up the scene to show the food as graphically as possible. If you haven’t been there, head over to Mi Casa for some of the finest Spanish food around.

Seoul Editorial Food Photographer

My final session for this quarter was with the Foote family. We began our Day in the Life session as the sun was coming up, and worked all the way through the day. The golden light of sunset was when I got a couple of my favourite frames from this year. Here they are.

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

2015 Year in Review – Part 4 – Korea Photographer

I know… it’s February, and I’m just getting to this! Truth is, I’ve been hard at work re-organising my back-up system to make things more efficient this year. It also means that I have easy access to statistics about my work from the year, and can get to images a lot more easily. So, let’s start with those stats… in 2015, I shot approximately 130,000 images in 159 sessions. These total just over 4 terabytes in size. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2016 holds, but for now let’s take a look at the images from the last quarter of 2015.

We started October off with a trip to Bali for my wife’s birthday, which was a welcome break from the madness of September! The moment we dropped back into Seoul though, I joined the Orth family as they took custody of their second boy, Park. We had a great day at the agency, and then an even better one together the next day for their family session. These two loving parents and two boisterous young fellows were an absolute treat to work with again!

Travel Photographer - Bali

Korea Family Photographer - Orth

Korea Family Photographer - Orth

Family Photographer - Orth Family Seoul

Family Photographer - Orth Family Seoul

Seoul Family Photographer - Orth Family

Seoul Family Photographer - Orth Family

Family Photographer - Seoul

I then had the chance to work with my first Thai couple in Seoul, Pinky and Preaw. Battling the cool October winds off the Han River, we worked our way along and up into Yeouido park for the afternoon light. Thanks for an awesome session, guys!

Korea Pre Wedding Photographer

Seoul Pre Wedding Photographer

Then it was on to work with the Walker, Chan, and McDonald families in some of the most beautiful autumn light I have seen in a long time. Autumn is a beautiful time in Korea, as you will see below, and in the upcoming blog posts for each of these sessions. For now, a quick look at some images from that time!

Walker Family - Seoul Photographer

Walker Family - Seoul Photographer

Chan Family - Seoul Photographer

Chan Family - Seoul Photographer

Chan Family - Seoul Photographer

McDonald Family - Korea Photographer

McDonald Family - Korea Photographer

McDonald Family - Korea Photographer

McDonald Family - Korea Photographer

Autumn leaves were still beautiful by the time I worked with the Brooks family as they completed the adoption procress of their daughter. Although we’d moved back to Seoul’s usual overcast weather, both this session and my session with Mok and Sun still had the beautiful colours of Seoul’s autumn.

Family Photographer - Seoul

Family Photographer - Seoul

Family Photographer - Seoul

After all this work with families, it was great to see a member of my own family. My brother, Matt, came over to visit for a couple of months, and we had the chance to get out and see a little of Korea together.

Seoul City Skyline

Shao Wei and Edith were the next couple I got to brave the cold with! Never underestimate how cold Seoul can be if you’re coming from South-East Asia, even November can drop to 10-15 degrees, and with the wind that feels quite cold. Nevertheless, they were troopers, and a really fun couple to work with.

Korea Pre Wedding Photography

Korea Pre Wedding Photography

I then got to spend an afternoon with the Loomis family, who I had met when they visited Lori and Steve. All three children presented different challenges for me to capture them being themselves, which made the session a lot of fun! Here they are!

Family Photographer Korea

Family Photographer Korea

Family Photographer Korea

It was then time for the Walker family to visit again and take custody of their all-too-cute daughter Annalee. We caught the best of the morning light in their hotel room, as that was Annalee’s safe place, but as she seemed really happy, we decided to venture outside for a short while afterwards. Seoul Photographer - Walker Family

Seoul Photographer - Walker Family

Seoul Photographer - Walker Family

I also made one of my favourite frames to date at this session. Davis’ love for The Polar Express is absolutely unmatched, and he just loves trains!

Seoul Photographer - Walker Family

Just after this, I got an assignment that reminded me of how global the world really has become. My brother Matt and I were discussing before this 7 minute shoot just how strange it was for two Australians in South Korea to be photographing a Filipino girl who had flown to Seoul for a concert, and for a Finish newspaper to boot. Quite the evening!

Editorial Photographer in Seoul

Next up was something completely different, bottle shots for the designer at TiwiTrade to use in his upcoming ads for Barker’s syrups. Challenging subjects to say the least!

Korea Commercial Photographer

Korea Commercial Photographer

My final two assignments for 2015 were to be very special. After working with the Orth family on their second adoption, I was overjoyed to also be working with the Anderson family as they returned with their amazing son Ezra to add a sister to the family. Lydia took some time to warm to her new family, but the smiles we did see were a sure sign of the joy to come! Ezra also had a chance to meet with his foster family, to which he proclaimed “I am a lucky boy, because I have two omma (mothers) and two appa (fathers).”

Family Photography in Korea

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Family Photography in Korea

Family Photography in Korea

Finally, I got to work with the Sharp family again. If you go back to the very first adoption session I ever did, you will meet their son Jae. Just over three years down the road, and Jae was back in Korea with his family to meet his brother Sam. To see how much Jae had grown, and to spend time with Kala and Gary again, was the perfect way to round out 2015. Sam and Jae spent their two meetings together playing and hugging one another, and at the end waved to his family and said “See you soon.” Due to hiccups in the system, it would be a couple of months until I saw them again, but the good times were still there, and their reunion was all the more special for it. Below is that love as I witnessed it.

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in SeoulSharp Family Photographer - Seoul

Thank you for coming on this journey with me! I look forward to sharing more work with you as 2016 progresses!

Lucy’s Little Brother – Family Photographer

Almost exactly three years ago, I met with Brian and Lisa as they travelled to Seoul to meet the newest member of their family, Lucy. The sweet, reserved little girl we met then has since grown into a sweet,  outgoing little girl, and I was absolutely beside myself when I got a message from Brian saying they were traveling again to adopt another new member of the family, Henry. Lisa and Brian invited me into their family again to document one of their first days as a family with Henry.

I knocked on the door to their accommodation in Seoul and it was opened almost immediately by Jack, with Lucy in tail. They had grown so much, Jack was almost twice Lucy’s height now, and Lucy had lost all of her baby-fat. I was instantly bombarded with questions and stories from the pair of them, as though we’d never parted. Jack’s love for the animal kingdom hadn’t diminished at all, and he had question after question about Australian animals again. Lucy had a sweet little voice of her own now, and showed me, at least once, everything she had learnt to do in the past three years. With the non-stop energy of a three-year-old, Henry tore up and down the room, carrying toys this way and that; his siblings were barely able to keep up! Lisa and Brian took their seats for a well needed rest stop, and we talked through their session. With the typhoon warning, we all agreed that sooner rather than later was a good idea, and we met a couple of days later, bright and early for their Day in the Life Session.

I walked in the door to this scene early that morning – Henry drumming on his siblings’ heads. We spent the first part of the morning darting about the apartment, pillow fighting, dancing, and occasionally crossing the line to play with someone elses toys! Grabbing the opportunity to take it slow, Brian and Lisa watched from a distance as the children bonded and entertained themselves with anything and everything.

Family Photographer - Seoul

Family Photographer - Seoul

Family Photographer - Seoul

Family Photographer - Seoul

Family Photographer - Korea

Family Photographer - Korea

Family Photographer - Korea

Family Photographer - Korea

Family Photographer - Korea

We then took the subway over to Gyeongbok-gung to let the children explore some of Korea’s history. Henry’s love for running was as evident outside as it was in, and we had a great time chasing each other up and down the palace alleys, and kicking the ball in the grassy fields out back. Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Korea Family Photographer

Korea Family Photographer

Korea Family Photographer

Seoul Photographer

Seoul Adoption Photographer

Seoul Adoption Photographer

We grabbed a bite to eat before heading over to our family location, Children’s Grand Park. We played here until it was clear that the forecast rain was going to come soon. By the time we got back onto the train, the children were exhausted, so we’d probably made a good call there as well. To round up the evening, we took a quick group shot in the ever increasing wind, and parted ways.

Photographer in Seoul

Photographer in Seoul

Photographer in Seoul

Photographer in Seoul

Photographer in Seoul

Photographer in Korea

Photographer in Korea

Photographer in Korea

Photographer in Seoul

Please get in touch to enquire about your own family session in Seoul or anywhere in Korea.

A Short Time with the Wales Family – Seoul Photographer

Levi was just one month old when Amy and Alex reached out to book a family session with me. They knew the cherry blossoms were coming, and wanted to make sure they got a session booked. Cherry blossoms, being the fickle things they are, prevent us from booking anything firm in advance. But we kept in touch and organised our session date the week before the trees were scheduled to be in full bloom.

The day before our session, we had some strong winds and heavy rain that knocked most of the blossoms off the trees, but we began our session with the last remaining tree in the park. It was an overcast day that provided some nice soft light for us to work in, and Levi was an absolute trooper through the chilly weather and stranger pointing the big black box at him.

Wales Family Seoul Photographer

Wales Family Seoul Photographer

Wales Family Seoul Photographer

Wales Family Seoul Photographer

All the sitting up and rolling over proved to be too much for the little guy, and he decided to take a quick nap. We took the opportunity to get a few shots with him and his mother. Before long he was awake again, and back to his usual chipper self.

Thanks to Amy and Alex for coming out to work with me, and to little Levi for being so brave!

Seoul Family Photographer Wales

Wales Family Photographer Seoul

Seoul Family Photographer - Wales

A Day in the Life of the Zanes Family – Seoul Family Photographer

Twenty-three months after signing the papers to begin their adoption process, I met the Zanes family on the ground as their family photographer here in Seoul. They could not have wished for a better start to their lives with Michael Ubin as their youngest sibling. His big brother and sister smothered him with love, and his parents with all the care in the world. Michael smiled back in return and took to his family without hesitation.

We spent the day together, starting with breakfast of course. Big brother and sister took the reins for a little while so their parents could eat, and of course get coffee – jet lag is never far behind when dropping in from the USA.

Seoul Family Photographer

Then we hit the playroom, where Michael and Ellie found it hilarious that Brennan found himself under their car.

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Seoul Photographer

From there it was up to Seoul Tower, where Michael was the star of the show in all his cuteness. Ellie didn’t fail to impress with her blonde hair, either.

Seoul Photographer

Seoul Photographer

Family Photographer

Family Photographer Korea

Seoul Korea Photographer

Family Photographer

To keep the day rolling, we moved to Changgyeong-gung for a play in the leaves and some hanbok photos. We even got scolded by a lady for having a little of Brennan’s t-shirt showing under his hanbok. She promptly corrected us and let us go back about our day. Lesson learned.

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Seoul Photographer

Family Photographer Korea

Family Photographer Seoul

Finally to wrap up the day, we visited Children’s Grand Park to play in the playground until jet lag kicked in and it was time for a break.

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Korea Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Family Photographer Korea

Please take a look at my portfolio, and get in touch to book your own family session in Seoul. Again, a huge thanks to the Zanes family for being so much fun, and wishing you all the best for the future.

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!