Picture Per­fect

Pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dios share their ad­vice on how best to cap­ture your mem­o­rable mo­ments

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Pho­tog­ra­pher KC Chan cre­ates mem­o­rable wed­ding pho­tos thanks to his ex­cel­lent peo­ple skills and non-in­tru­sive tech­nique, which makes am­ple use of nat­u­ral light. He has tra­versed the world to lo­cales as far flung as Ice­land for des­ti­na­tion wed­ding and en­gage­ment shoots, and has a ded­i­cated team of pho­tog­ra­phers and an in-house videog­ra­pher to en­sure the pro­duc­tion process is as smooth as pos­si­ble.

What’s your ap­proach to pho­tog­ra­phy?

I love how pho­to­graphs cap­ture time­less mo­ments that words alone can’t fully de­scribe. To me, hon­est mo­ments mat­ter. I like to keep my work sim­ple, beau­ti­ful and truth­ful. I be­lieve that in my small way I am mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives, and that’s a huge priv­i­lege and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

How do you work with cou­ples to get the tone and style they want?

It’s all down to good com­mu­ni­ca­tion. That’s why I spend a lot of time to make sure cou­ples un­der­stand my ap­proach fully when they come to meet with me. My typ­i­cal clients want fun, spon­ta­neous pho­tos with­out the moody feel­ing that comes with pho­to­jour­nal­ism.

What equip­ment do you usu­ally work with?

For my wed­ding day pho­tog­ra­phy, as ev­ery­one else is chas­ing ever faster cameras, I am the odd one out who still shoots with man­ual vin­tage cameras and lenses. The world seen from the viewfinder of my vin­tage gear might be a lit­tle slower, a lit­tle pret­tier, but it brings me back to a time when we all paid a bit more at­ten­tion when taking a pho­to­graph. It makes me value each shot more be­fore click­ing the shut­ter.

As for my en­gage­ment ses­sions, I shoot 100 per cent on ana­logue film. I love the au­then­tic­ity, el­e­gance and unique­ness that film brings in our dig­i­tal era. There is a magic found in shoot­ing film that is uniquely its own.

Tips for cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful pho­tos:

Be re­laxed. The cou­ple should feel at ease and be their true selves. It’s never about the lo­ca­tion; it’s all about the chem­istry.


Doc­u­ment­ing your spe­cial day is a snap with be­spoke wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy and videog­ra­phy stu­dio Johnny Pro­duc­tions. Prin­ci­pal pho­tog­ra­pher Su­san Ng draws on more than 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and sen­si­tiv­ity, and cul­ti­vates a bond with the bride and bridal party based on a shared un­der­stand­ing as women to cre­ate her shots.

How would you de­scribe your style?

Very nat­u­ral. As a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher, I’m meant to cap­ture mo­ments of joy, so I fo­cus a lot on fa­cial ex­pres­sions. When our clients look back at th­ese pho­tos in the fu­ture, I want them to be able to relive the sen­sa­tions. That is some­thing that I, as a pho­tog­ra­pher, trea­sure and want to bring out in my work.

What kinds of shoots do you most of­ten work on?

Pre-wed­ding, wed­ding and fam­ily por­traits. An in­ter­est­ing thing that oc­curs with a lot of my clients is that we col­lab­o­rate to­gether on pre-wed­ding shoots, then wed­ding por­traits, and then onto preg­nancy shoots. It’s a very beau­ti­ful process that I cherish so much be­cause it dis­plays the strong bond and trust that we have for one an­other. Some of the brides even take part in an ad­di­tional boudoir shoot be­fore the wed­ding as a gift for the groom. It’s an in­tensely spe­cial and pri­vate shoot, and a lot of trust is needed be­tween the bride and me in or­der for the shoot to be a suc­cess.

Tips for cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful pho­tos:

When choos­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher, don’t rely on trends. Many trends have been in­tro­duced and then grad­u­ally faded out over the years. Ask your­self: if you choose to fol­low a trend or pop­u­lar style for your pho­tos, will you re­gret it when you look back? Hire your pho­tog­ra­pher based on their abil­ity to adapt, not their abil­ity to fol­low a trend. A good pho­tog­ra­pher will al­ways be able to cap­ture any­thing. Th­ese trends will al­ways even­tu­ally dis­ap­pear, but the pho­to­graphs will last a life­time.


If you’re look­ing for that ad­di­tional touch of style in your wed­ding pho­tos, call up Alexan­der Hera, a pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio with its own make-up artists and stylists on staff. They even have a be­spoke wed­ding dress de­sign ser­vice.

How would you de­scribe your style?

We do el­e­gant and time­less por­traits. We ob­serve the cou­ple’s most beau­ti­ful sides and cap­ture the in­ter­ac­tions be­tween them.

What kinds of shoots do you most of­ten work on?

We do stu­dio pre-wed­ding and out­door pre-wed­ding, but we also do a lot of over­seas pre-wed­ding pho­tos. We’ve done wed­ding shoots in Ky­oto and Bali be­fore.

How do you work with cou­ples to get the tone and style they want?

We have meet­ings be­fore ev­ery shoot to dis­cuss the style with the cou­ple.

What is your pro­duc­tion process?

Nor­mally we sug­gest that clients have one more pho­tog­ra­pher for wed­dings that have more than 300 peo­ple, for a to­tal of three pho­tog­ra­phers. We have an in-house video team who have worked with our pho­tog­ra­phers many times. Our video team will have an edited video ready on the same day for the evening re­cep­tion. Our turn­around time for pho­tos is 12 to 16 weeks.

Tips for beau­ti­ful pho­tos:

Light­ing, styling and emo­tion.

KEEP­ING IT REAL KC Chan likes to cap­ture fun, spon­ta­neous mo­ments us­ing vin­tage gear

Su­san Ng from Johnny Pro­duc­tions adopts a nat­u­ral ap­proach to her pho­tog­ra­phy to cap­ture mo­ments of joy


TIME­LESS EL­E­GANCEWith its own team of makeup artists and stylists, Alexan­der Hera spe­cialises in stylish por­traits

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