Tuesday, September 9, 2008

the wedding photographer

I can never imagine myself being a wedding photographer. Back in the Philippines, my training in photography has always been photojournalism - from frontline news to socially-sensitive awakenings, I've always imagined my photographs to have substantial meaning.

But actually, I discovered that in shooting weddings as well...

I never thought there is so much joy and meaning in recording other people's happiest moments and the beginnig of their journeys together - even though without assurance that they are going to be together forever or not. But capturing that very essence and force that have brought two tides together as one ocean is a fulfillment I never thought I will enjoy.

Also, it helps that my clients are not demanding at all... as a matter of fact, I am the one dictating everything... from the locations, poses, and props!


After their traditional Khmer wedding ceremony, there was a shadow puppet performance done on a 17th century pagoda for the couple and their family. After the show, I asked the bride and groom to play around with the large leather puppets...


This was a rain-soaked photoshoot as it rained the whole morning in Angkor Wat, but instead of ruining the shoot, the weather added more to the mystical mood of the temple...


The Japanese couple in ful traditional Cambodia garb...


In contrast, this shoot was done on an ultra humid day in summer - we have to wipe the couple's faces every five mintes and retouch their make-up! We were all melting in the heat of the sun! But we couldn't complain though... the sky was gorgeous and the colors crisp and amazing...


Goofing around at the poolside of Amansara - the former holiday residence of the Cambodian king in the 1960's...


Prelude to a blissful life....
Don't you wish they all end in happy-ever-afters?

7 comments:

salingPUSA said...

Wedding or other forms, you are just amazing. Since I don't have any training in photography, I could get a lot of ideas from you.....

Who are they? They look good together. And the background views are just perfect. Parang sarap pakasal dyan.

One more thing----dami mo raket kuya Joven.kekeke

salingPUSA said...

Kuya Joven---can you be my photographer on my wedding day? Para kahit sa bukid lang ako magpakasal grande na because of the way you take pictures. Kumbaga, picture palang, ulam na.....

the spool artist said...

hahaha. sure anton, ilibre mo lang ako ng pamasahe ok na ako! hehehe.

they are mostly japanese and chinese couples who got married here in cambodia. angkor is proving to be a very popular wedding venue for asians... so i suggest you give it a thought too if you decide to get married. i'm sure you guys will love it here!

Kiks said...

happy endings, loven.

i'd stick with pictures.

and for weddings, these pictures.

Gibo said...

beautiful, beautiful pictures! i like the colors. i like how you framed the couple and how you were able to capture the magic of angkor.

well done!

tumatanggap ka ba ng apprentice? :-)

the spool artist said...

@kiks: hey there! well done on your winning piece from fuchsiaboy's blog!

@gibo: ngeek! apprentice ka dyan... ikaw tong may tinatagong galing sa photography eh! the photos in your blog says it all! and not to mention the luang prabang shoot! it would be great siguro na sumabay with you on a shoot. don said you guys had a blast... he's actually dragging me to go to penang... or better yet punta kayo dito ulit!

kawadjan said...

wow, great job on these pics!