2018 Year in Review Part 4

Here we are, at the end of 2018! It’s been a fun year and I hope you’ve enjoyed this photographic journey through it with me. In this last installment, we’ll look at some family photography, a few more corporate sessions, a couple or two, a Halloween photobooth, and some more of Seoul.

First up this quarter were the Ataalla family on a cool morning in Seoul Forest. We had one of the most energetic sessions I’ve had all year, but it was a great time. You can see more from that session in the full blog.

Family Photographer in Seoul - Ataalla Family in Seoul Forest
Family Photographer in Seoul - Ataalla Family in Seoul Forest

The annual Commonwealth Chambers joint event was up next, followed by the opening of Amazing Brewing Co.’s new bar in Kondae. After shooting the interiors for Amazing, I covered their opening party for a couple of hours. The moody interior made for a great place to shoot some promo materials for them.

Commonwealth Joint Chambers Event 2018 - Event Photographer in Seoul
Commonwealth Joint Chambers Event 2018 - Event Photographer in Seoul
Amazing Brewing Company Kondae
Amazing Brewing Company Kondae

Something that I don’t do all that often, but really enjoy, is model portfolio shoots. It’s great to work with a team of creatives and make something beautiful happen. This shoot with Mimi was an extremely different afternoon for me and we made some work we’re all proud of.

Seoul Portrait Photographer - Model Portfolio in Hanbok
Seoul Portrait Photographer - Model Portfolio in Hanbok

It was also the time of year for creating Dwight School’s annual student image. This time, we even got the mascot out for the shot!

Dwight School Seoul 7th Birthday - Korea Photographer

The Ashcraft family also joined me for a fun morning out during their visit to Korea. There isn’t much more fun than a couple of cute little dudes who get along really well. Here’s a pair of frames from that session as well.

Mother and Son at the Palace - Seoul Family Photographer
Two brothers at the palace - Seoul Family Photographer

For the next couple of days, I would spend my time with the students of Deutsche Schule Seoul International for their annual portraits. It was such a diverse shoot with children from all over coming in one after the other. We had a blast and are looking forward to doing this again next year!

School Portrait Photographer - Deutsche Schule Seoul
School Portrait Photographer - Deutsche Schule Seoul

Then it was back to the Dwight School with my good friend Greg Samborski to cover their annual Dwight Night in a slightly different fashion. We offered the idea of having a roaming photobooth for them and it worked out a treat. With the creativity in costumes, the great venue, and pleny of alcohol to go around, the photographs were refreshingly different!

Dwight Night Photo Booth - Event Photographer in Seoul
Dwight Night Photo Booth - Event Photographer in Seoul

No rest for the wicked in this season, I was straight off to make some pre-wedding portraits for Charlotte and Namou. We decided on an urban theme and spent an evening in Yeouido together working on some beautiful golden-hour-through-blue-hour shots. Here’s a couple from the session. The full blog will come early next year.

Couple Photography in Yeouido - Seoul Pre-Wedding Photographer
Night Couple Photography in Yeouido - Seoul Pre-Wedding Photographer
Night Couple Photography in Yeouido - Seoul Pre-Wedding Photographer

Continuing on, I had the opportunity to work with Brewdog Itaewon again for their Halloween party. We organised a simple photo booth for their guests and had a great couple of days!

Brewdog Itaewon Outpost - Halloween Photo Booth - Seoul Event Photographer
Brewdog Itaewon Outpost - Halloween Photo Booth - Seoul Event Photographer
Brewdog Itaewon Outpost - Halloween Photo Booth - Seoul Event Photographer

Finally, it was time for a couple of days off and I head out into some of the nicest light I’ve seen in Seoul for a while. Clear skies and low pollution levels made for some great geometric shots at the DDP.

Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza - Street Photography
Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza - Street Photography

These gorgeous days weren’t to last, though. Soon we returned to our regular programming of smog and soft light. Here’s a couple from the following days.

Seoul Air Pollution - Street Photographer
Seoul Air Pollution - Street Photographer

Following these couple of days, it was back to work with ANZA for our annual photo booth and coverage of the Melbourne Cup festivities here in Korea and a quick alumni event for Simon Fraser University during their visit to Korea.

ANZA Melbourne Cup in Seoul 2018
ANZA Melbourne Cup in Seoul 2018 - Photo Booth
Simon Fraser University Seoul Alumni Event

In early November, while there were still a few leaves on the trees, I had a great session with the Kruger family. They were in Seoul to take custody of their fourth! We spent an hour together at Changdeokgung and the area around it to make a few portraits to celebrate their new addition.

Family Photo Shoot in Seoul
Family Photo Shoot in Seoul

This was the beginning of a few weeks of shooting all around the country, which, unfortunately, is still under my editorial exclusivity contract. So, we’ll get to take a look at that stuff next year! Surrounding it, though, I had the chance to work with the Feruglio family during their first meeting with their son, Jeong. I also, of course, did a little of my own personal work on my trips around the country, so below are a couple from Busan and Jeju. You can check out some more about those images on my YouTube channel.

Adoption First Meeting Photography in Seoul
Haedongyonggungsa Temple, Busan, South Korea
Yongduam, Dragon's Head Rock, Jeju Island, South Korea

Then it was back to Seoul for a day to work with the Smith family during their visit to pick up their son before heading back down to Gwangju for an editorial portrait, and back to Seoul to fly over to Tokyo to assist my good friend Andy Faulk on a commercial job and make some portraits of his family. I’ve tossed in a couple of street shots from Tokyo as well. You can see more of those here.

Father and son at Changdeokgung in the Winter
Keeping the session candid and fun with the Smith family
Tokyo Style with the Faulk Family
Morning walk home with Andy Faulk and his son
Construction Worker in Tokyo
Repainting Tokyo

Back in Seoul, it was time to cover the end of year parties for the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and the German Club.

New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Grand Hui 2018
German Club Seoul Christmas Party Photo Booth

Then it was time to enjoy the winter with the Mangahas family. December is a cold time of year, but we braved and and were rewarded with some fun family pictures for them to remember their time here by.

Mangahas family photos in Seoul
Father and daughter, mother and son

Another cold family session with the DeVitos was to follow. We had beautiful afternoon light and they persevered through the freezing temperatures, only stopping for a ginger tea for a few brief moments before heading back out and continuing our session. Much more from this session coming soon!

Winter Family Session with the DeVitos at Changdeokgung
The beautiful architecture of Changdeokgung with the beautiful DeVito family

Right after this session, my good friends Kidoo, Bruce Percy, and Marco Clarkson hit the road to check out some of the rock formations on the east coast of Korea. After 4 hours of driving and a quick bite to eat when we arrived, we snagged around 3 hours sleep and went out to shoot the sunrise. A couple of those results are below.

Gangwondo Rocky Coast Sunrise
Gangwondo Rocky Coast Sunrise with Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Flare

Next up, I went from Gwangwondo back to Seoul for a quick couple session with the Christmas lights in Myeongdeong and my good friends Tony and Mimi. Then it was straight out to Nami Island for a family session. Meeting up with the Lee family at 8am for a session on the empty Nami Island was chilly but beautiful. Nami is one of the only nature-related locations I recommend during the winter because of the beautifully geometric avenues of trees. Check those out below. More to come from this session.

Couple Session under the Christmas lights

Myeongdong Couple Photography
A piggy-back down the Gingko Tree Avenue on Nami Island
Warming up with a little play on Nami Island

Next up, the Feruglio family were taking custody of their son and I would join them for that. I arrived a little early from my morning shoot on Nami Island so I decided to explore the area around my next location. I found an interesting new shoe shop that I wouldn’t normally pay much attention to. But, the characters out front made the shot! Then it was in to meet with the family, a quick ride back to their hotel, and some fun moments with Jeong.

Handmade Shoe Store in Seoul
Jeong playing with his parents in the hotel room

We also headed out less than 48 hours later to capture a few moments with the family before they flew back to Australia. Here are a couple of those. More to come from this session!

Gyeongbokgung in Winter with the Feruglio Family
Gyeongbokgung in Winter with the Feruglio Family

And one final session to wrap out the year. Winter light is so gorgeous! If only it weren’t so cold and more people were willing to go out! Thanks to Hannah, John, and the kids for a fun session on Christmas eve!

Boy in Hanbok - Family Photographer in Korea
Girl in Hanbok - Family Photographer in Korea
Winter Light - Family Photographer in Korea

So, there it is. Thanks so much for joining me on this long journey. Have a great end to the year, all, and much love in the new year. See you all soon!

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