2014 Year in Review – Part 3 – Seoul Photographer

Finally, it’s time to get Part 3 of my Year in Review as a Seoul photographer underway. Parts 1 and 2 can be found here and here. Last time we left a couple of stories unfinished, so I’d like to start this post with those. After a two month wait, it was finally time to see Amber and Matt again, and be there as they took custody of their too-cute-to-be-true son Asher.

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Children's Photographer

Seoul Children's Photographer

It would also be time that I got to spend time with another three families from earlier in the year. Nell‘s mother would be back for the final part of the journey, and we would find out what a trooper Nell was (also, how much she liked gifts of jewelry and crayons!). Not a tear was shed by this brave girl, and she was asleep before we got back to the apartment!

 Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

Seoul Family Photographer

I would also have the chance to be there as Ezra‘s custody was finalised, and as he excitedly helped his new family move rooms. We would also spend an extremely hot summer afternoon at Changgyeong-gung to work on some adorable family photos as well.

 Seoul Photographer

Seoul Photographer

Seoul Photographer

Seoul PhotographerThe Schubring family also had me out for a couple of days with their energetic young bunch; Annabelle, Joseph and now Joshua! Joseph was an absolute star with his little brother, and over the moon to be seeing his foster-mother again.
Korea Photographer Korea PhotographerNext up was the Jones family and their fabulous little fellow, Josiah. Check out his personality on my Instagram! We had a great morning together in Gyeongbok-gung to celebrate their finalising his adoption. Josiah could not have been a more fun boy to work with. We played hide and seek and chased each other all over, with him winning against us oldies every time!Korea Family Photographer Korea Family PhotographerIt wouldn’t be long before I’d be hanging out at Olympic Park with the Wilson family being chased around be two little men doing their best dinosaur impressions. Korea Family Photographer Korea Family PhotographerAnd then another warm day out chasing Lawson about Deoksu-gung on his first time out and about with his new family. Seoul Family Photographer Seoul Family Photographer Seoul Family Photographer

To wind up an extremely busy month, I also had the cover of Groove Magazine for their story on the changing Itaewon; a parody of the popular Itaewon Freedom song.

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August was a little slower, and I was able to spend 7 days in Wyoming with a couple of my besties, Shawn and Megan, for their wedding in the mountains. I almost didn’t come back. Almost. My first morning in Wyoming greeted me with nothing but the winds swishing through the grass…

Sheridan, Wyoming

And then there was a wedding…

Shawn and Megan's Wedding

Shawn and Megan's Wedding

And then the final morning…

Wyoming

Back in Seoul, we had our fair share of beautiful skies over August as well. Some of the finest I’ve ever seen in Korea.

Han River Sunset

Han River Sunset

I would also have the pleasure to document the first time Ari coloured with his big brother at Holt Children’s Services in Seoul.

Seoul Children's Photographer

And finally meet the Murphree family as they came to hang out with Jack Cruz for the first time. In a room full of chaos, Jack Cruz focused his energy and playfulness on his new parents, who were two of the happiest people I’ve ever seen after that meeting.

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Seoul

Family Photographer in Seoul

In September, it was time for the Wooten family to extend their arms for another new member.

Seoul Adoption Photographer

As well as the Tsong family, who we will meet again next time.

Korea Adoption Photographer

Following this up was an awesome pre-wedding session with Alice and Erick in a few different locations.

Seoul Pre Wedding Photographer

Seoul Pre Wedding Photographer

Seoul Pre Wedding Photographer

Seoul Pre Wedding Photographer

And to wrap it all up, a wonderful Day in the Life session with two amazing new parents, Karen and Mark, as they spent their first day with their son, Kai. I’ll leave you with my favourite frame from this session – the full blog is coming!

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Nadya and Guhya – Seoul Wedding Photographer

Last, I had the pleasure of being Nadya and Guhya’s wedding photographer. I have a great deal of respect for those who choose to get married in Seoul. It can be difficult to organise a wedding that breaks out of the mould here. Nadya and Guhya did just that. They personalised their wedding and made a wonderful day for everyone.

The wedding party consisted of both Nadya and Guhya’s families who flew in from Indonesia and Kazakhstan for the ceremony, school friends and colleagues from Korea. Nobody was spared from the fun that would ensue. The wedding kept many of Nadya’s traditions and games, despite the difficulty in having the wedding hall understand what she wanted to do. Their friends ran about the room collecting personal possessions – wallets, belts, and even shoes – fro

m members of the wedding party in ‘bring me…’ and wrestled to free themselves from being bound to a stranger forever in ‘rope’.

The venue, La Luce in Myeongdong, was again atypical for a Korean wedding hall and really complimented Nadya and Guhya’s wedding with its high-domed glass ceiling and rooftop garden. A beautiful location for a beautiful wedding.

Congratulations to you both and all the best!

Seoul Wedding Photographer

Nadya and Guhya's Wedding

Wedding Bouquet

Holding Hands at Wedding

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Seoul Wedding Ring Exchange

Seoul Wedding Photographer

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Seoul Family Photographer

Happy Moments at Wedding

Wedding Game - Bring Me

Wedding Game - Bring me

Wedding Game - Rope

Wedding Game - Rope

Seoul Wedding Photographer

Seoul Wedding Bouquet

Seoul Wedding Photographer

Seoul Wedding Photographer

Seoul Wedding Photographer

Seoul Wedding Photographer

Seoul Wedding Photographer

Seoul Wedding Photographer

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!