Tagged: Weddingphotography

The Throne

The Melayu adat of pengantins being Raja/Permaisuri sehari went back for as long as I could remember. I would assume that’s where the idea of a palamin came about, a “Throne” fit for the King and Queen, elevated from the rest, where they can be seen and admired as they please. And by throne, people often take it that it has to be as grand (and gaudy) as possible. Which is fine, whatever suits their fancy, but sometimes the pelamin design is so loud and colourful that the bride/groom “disappears”/tenggelam. I tak nak sey macam gitu!

My dream pelamin would be something simple, as played down as possible (i know my mom’ll will have fit about this but let’s say she agrees, shall we?). A pedestal that will complement my outfit and make it look outstanding, yet elaborate and prominent enough to be distinguished from the rest. Something like this:

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UPDATE: I found out personally from Zakaria that the decor provider for this was The Wedding Chateau. No. Freaking. Wonder.

I actually found this picture a few months back on a random site and have always kept for inspiration. I recently found out that it was taken by Zakaria Zainal, whose photojournalistic style has always caught my eye ever since he was featured in Manja magazine a while back.

Check out his work here!

Divine shoots?

Yes, I’m still at it. Still in the midst of searching for my ideal photographer, endlessly harassing some of my candidates with question after question & meeting up with each and every one of them until I’m pretty sure word has leaked out that an insanely fickle nit-pick is prowling around looking for prey. Heh.

And it doesn’t help that when I skedaddling through fb the other day, I saw this set of pictures from D’Shootz Photography.

I must say, I was impressed.

Apparently it’s from the all new “:TWO::A Cinematic Portraiture: ” by Fudge, their resident (female, for those who have a preference) photographer (who was once kind enough to layan me when I was surveying for a photographer for my engagement).

I love everything about these photos!

D’Shootz is known for their reasonably priced packages, especially the photo+video combo (for just $2500, whuuut???) that was all the rage a few months ago. Their photos has always been pretty alright to me, but these kind of sets them on the playing field, perhaps? We’ll see 🙂

Cheers to more awesome local talent!!!

Oh Sunny Days

I love this kind of photographs. I like to call it “the Silau Effect”, with sun rays beaming through creating a natural art filter and that occasional kaleidoscope of colours. Very ethereal!

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I see this  effect a lot in Western weddings but not in Malay wedding photography. WHY EH.

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 Kalau boleh, I nak ni. Kesian photographer I nanti, kena paksa buat sampai dapat. Heheheh. 😛

When You’re Spoiled For Choices – Photography Series

Sometimes when I’m presented with so many ideas and options, I can’t seem to keep track of everything. So to untangle the mess in my head, I’ve decided to pour out all options onto a Lino!

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I love how I can keep on piling post-its onto this handy noticeboard when I can visualise everything in front of me. Yes, I’m visual like that. Plus, it’s really convenient! Everything I need, sample pictures from different companies, quotations and even their FB links are all a click away. You can even colour code post-its and categorise them into tags! So neat! To me, it seriously beats having a restrictive excel sheet (don’t know how to use it for nuts).

So here’s a closer look at the Photography section:

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I listed out all the companies I was considering, even HNHM Photoworks which is based in JB but they have two lovely muslimah photographers, a big reason why I was considering them in the first place. Do check them out! Their rates are affordable and their services are very flexible 🙂

But in the end, I’ve narrowed my scope down to the three big companies, An Analog Affair, TheProjectPixel and StudioDua with three equally talented and distinguished master photographers Fadly, Shukri and Fandy respectively. But of course, with such talent and quality comes a price. However, it’s a price I’m willing to fork out because no matter how crappy your decor turns out, or how much you hate your makeup, at the end of the day, if your pictures turn out to be beautiful, then it kind of makes everything else worthwhile (macam sejuk gitu hati kan).

But I’m not trying to say that you can get crappy vendors. The point I’m bringing forth is that photography is one of the areas where I’m willing to splurge on, because it leaves the most lasting effect. And when else would I get to be all pretty and pose in front a camera? Heh. Unless I’m a model that is (but my size 10 hourglass figure begs to differ).

It was such a meticulous process of narrowing which style suits me the best. Each company has it own strengths and it’s very hard to search for a weakness (apart from the price). I love how Fandy from StudioDua gives an exclusive “celebrity” feel to his pictures and his editing is so distinct that you’ll know it’s his work. And the watermark at the corner of every picture he takes macam cool gitu. Hahaha okay I’m being superficial.

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Dah lah jangan harap dapat photoshoot kat New York. But you get what I mean.

But a huge downside here is if you want Fandy take your picture, there’s topup of $500. Like $500?? I know I said I’m willing to splurge, but to put a price tag on his service like that?

On to TheProjectPixel, I love how their pictures have that vintage, faded appeal but yet, maintains it sharpness and colour! And it’s really interesting how they try to capture every moment and detail of your ceremony into one picture collage:

ImageNi baru a picture speaks a thousand words. There’s so many pretty things to look at in this picture can. No wonder they couldn’t choose just one.

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Just had to share this. I really really love the extra heart details!

And TheProjectPixel covered FizaO and KC’s wedding recently! Though they’ve been pretty hush-hush about the pictures they took, here’s one of their “Save The Date”:

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Alahai sweet nyer. Nak jugak!

But collectively, though I do find the faded/vintage appeal incredibly tempting because of its edginess and plus it’s “cool” right now, for that same reason, I’m not too keen on taking up a company that offers this kind of dated look. Personally, I do prefer my pictures to have a timeless quality, so that twenty years down the road, I wouldn’t want to look back at my pictures and think, “What was I thinking?!”. Plus, I love a clean and crisp look on my pictures, and I think An Analog Affair does just that.

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I love how Fadly is able to play around with the focus and perspective.

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Clearly, my heart has been won over. For now, I’m just waiting for a quotation from Fadly and I’m pretty much set on booking him 🙂

UPDATE: Quotation for An Analog Affair: $2600 with photobook, $2100 without.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who had to go through such a painstaking process to finally decide on one photographer. So to all you BTBs out there, I’ll leave you a quote that I found on Fadly’s blog:

“Would you trust forever to just anyone?”

😉