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.
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!
Sherlyn contacted me from Singapore back in March enquiring about doing a short pre-wedding shoot during her visit to Seoul. She and Yao, unbeknownst to me, have been shooting a series of photographs with different teams and photographers in the lead-up to their 2016 wedding. Much of this can be seen on Sherlyn’s wedding blog. They would only be here for a short time during the busiest month of the year, but we managed to schedule in a couple of hours to work together at Yeouido Park, and then down on the Han River at Yeouido.
We’ve had some extremely fickle weather of late, but on this day, everything lined up perfectly. It was a warm day, warm enough for folk from the equatorial region to be comfortable during the shoot. Not only that, but the previous week’s clouds and rain cleared for a calm, bright afternoon. It honestly couldn’t have been better.
Earlier that day, Sherlyn and Yao had rented hanboks (Korean traditional garb) for the shoot, and that through a beautiful spin on what was already a gorgeous day for photography. Yao had practiced tieing the ribbons for Sherlyn’s hanbok quite a few times at the rental store, and got it perfect the first time. Once we were changed and ready to go, we moved through the park, finding spaces between the parks visitors to stop and shoot in the streaming sunlight.
The weeping willows around the park’s like provided a beautiful frame, and the whimsically growing pines a touch of Korea to add to the couple’s gowns.
It was hard to tear ourselves from Yeouido park, with it’s beautiful forests and gorgeous light, but we made our way down to the Yeouido Han River Park for a different aesthetic in some more modern garb. Freshly bloomed tulips, and the stark, modern architecture of Seoul provided us with a setting at odds with where we had been shooting a few minutes prior. Shooting in the golden light until the sun had dipped below the horizon, we wrapped with some geometrical frames to round out the session.