Go­ing Beyond

Two ex­pe­ri­enced wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers share their in­sights on what you need to know about the whole des­ti­na­tion wed­ding she­bang be­fore you leave on a jet plane to ex­change your vows abroad

Malaysia Tatler Wedding - - CON­TENTS - WORDS JAC­QUE­LINE WONG

In­sights on des­ti­na­tion wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy from two ex­pe­ri­enced pho­tog­ra­phers

Ex­otic lo­ca­tions and breath­tak­ing scenery spice up the mile­stone oc­ca­sion that is an en­gage­ment or mar­riage and add to the sen­ti­ment value of the spe­cial mo­ment. For many cou­ples, hav­ing a prewed­ding photo shoot in a for­eign land or or­gan­is­ing an over­seas wed­ding has in fact be­come a norm. There are many des­ti­na­tion wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy pack­ages on of­fer but if you are look­ing for some­thing truly won­der­ful that will last you a life­time, hir­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher with des­ti­na­tion wed­ding know-how will prove in­valu­able. We talk to two pho­tog­ra­phers with a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in doc­u­ment­ing your spe­cial day away from Malaysian shores.

Zung of The Pho­toz has led his team to more than 1,000 wed­ding photo shoots to date. He has trav­elled far and wide, six con­ti­nents to be ex­act, in his count­less com­mer­cial and pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy jobs. How­ever, Zung ex­plains the sig­nif­i­cance of shoot­ing a wed­ding, “It is the most im­por­tant day of their lives and they have cho­sen me to doc­u­ment it in pic­tures. It is truly an hon­our and I want to present them with photos that are real and ac­cu­rately por­tray their love story.” For Mun Keat from MunKeat Pho­tog­ra­phy, he en­joys tak­ing up the role sim­i­lar to that of a movie di­rec­tor when shoot­ing at an ex­otic lo­ca­tion. Ev­ery­thing from de­ter­min­ing the theme and treat­ment to the venue and at­tire is care­fully planned to pro­duce the most mem­o­rable set of photos.

This begs the ques­tion of how in­volved the pho­tog­ra­pher is with the plan­ning of a cou­ple’s des­ti­na­tion wed­ding. Ac­cord­ing to Zung, the pho­tog­ra­pher can act as an

in­di­rect wed­ding plan­ner who pro­vides in­sights that oth­ers might miss out. “We can be as in­volved as you want us to be. I have learned and picked up many tips and tricks through­out the years of cov­er­ing over­seas wed­ding shoots. Things like choos­ing the best time for por­traits and the ac­tual cer­e­mony will af­fect how the photos turn out.”

Mun Keat says that look­ing for and hir­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher for the big day is half the work, “It re­quires some ef­fort on your part in de­ter­min­ing which pho­tog­ra­pher to work with. In this case, pack­ages are more stress­free. But if you want per­son­al­i­sa­tion and con­trol, hir­ing your own pho­tog­ra­pher is the way to go.” Ac­cord­ing to him, per­sonal pho­tog­ra­phers are will­ing to go the ex­tra mile, cov­er­ing post-wed­ding gath­er­ings or can­did mo­ments with­out ex­tra charge.

Zung adds, “It is im­por­tant to not only get a pho­tog­ra­pher who takes great pic­tures, but also one who is well-trav­elled. Lit­tle de­tails

like know­ing which air­lines to avoid, which air­ports to transit and what to pack will make the whole ex­pe­ri­ence a lot smoother.”

A solid port­fo­lio makes de­cid­ing eas­ier. Cou­ples are more in­clined to choose some­one who has been to the coun­try of choice. Zung and Mun Keat re­veal that many of their clients are re­sults of sec­ondary con­nec­tions and word-of-mouth rec­om­men­da­tions. When in doubt, go with the im­ages that speak to your heart. “My pho­tog­ra­phy can be de­scribed as sim­ple, clas­sic and time­less. I think peo­ple are ap­pre­cia­tive of this ever­green style,” says Mun Keat. Sim­i­larly, Zung’s pop­u­lar­ity is largely due to his ‘go for it’ at­ti­tude and en­thu­si­asm, which has earned him the moniker, Ninja Pho­tog­ra­pher. “I don’t experiment when it comes to wed­dings. I al­ways de­liver 100 per cent of what I prom­ise. On top of that, I put in an ex­tra 50 per cent to try and ex­e­cute dif­fer­ent things,” says Zung.

CON­VEY­ING EMO­TIONS Mun Keat’s pho­tog­ra­phy fo­cuses on cap­tur­ing the can­did mo­ments that will last a life­time

HON­EST MO­MENTS Zung is proud of the fact that his pic­tures are straight from the cam­era. No pre­tence, only gen­uine in­stances com­mem­o­rated

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