For most parts of my childhood I remember studying.

School and tuition lessons, homework and more homework again, cramming words from the textbooks into my teenage brain. The downside of the educational system here is that it asks of you to be perfect. It awards perfection, but perfection that is achieved by only following the model answer and soon enough, you have an entire generation of kids who are good at copying and replicating work, but without a sense of creativity and individuality.

That was me.

That is, until I failed and saw the matrix for what it is. The moment I held the camera I struggled for years to break free from this restraint of copying and replicating. I’m getting better at it as time goes by, and I hope that one day I’ll be able to succeed.

The best things are often unplanned. Its the exploration, the real and honest yet spontaneous moments that make a picture. And that is what I look for when I photograph a couple – the honest moments, the genuine emotions deep inside the both of them. Its these little things that make a photograph meaningful and memorable, to you.

My photography is a journey and I’m still at the beginning of it; there is just so much more to discover. It’s an evolution and it always changes.

When I photograph the both of you, I can’t promise that I’ll produce the style of work that I did before.

I won’t.

All I ask is for you to place your trust in me, and be willing to be open and be a part of this journey too, and we’ll create something that you’ll be able to call your own.

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The black sand with shiny glittering bits like stars, the strong hue in the sunset and the blue line of light that cuts it diagonally in the middle, the roaring waterfall that felt strangely peaceful. The hours and hours of driving, music from my headphones, padi fields and the early morning fog up that blanketed the mountains.

These are some of the things I remembered from the two days spent with Stephanie and Jeremy in Bali. It’s a curious place, a fusion of modernisation and century old culture. It’s absolutely breathtaking beautiful in some parts, and this is how I’ll remember it.

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Despite all my traveling and contrary to belief, I am quite a homebody. It’s the everyday routine, peace and quietness around our home in Singapore that is so hard to come by and hence so precious.

When I do travel though, I have been incredibly fortunate to meet and photograph couples that I enjoy being around with. I prefer sessions to be relaxed and unforced, and it always feels more of just hanging out then being there with the sole purpose of photography – it’s the experience that counts.

I just got back last night from four days spent with these guys exploring a different side of Hong Kong – a part that I’ve never experienced before and I have to say, it has changed my view of this island. The warmth and hospitality of Shiu Yuen’s family has been incredible, and I’ve forgotten how many meals they’ve invited me to be part of.

It wasn’t all photography though, as I said to Natasha it felt more like twenty percent climbing stuff, twenty percent getting from one place to another, twenty percent just chatting, twenty percent of getting them to try out (really) random stuff, and the last twenty percent was photography.

Well.. these are what we got out of it, and I hope you like them.

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I often get asked whats my style of photography.

And in the past I would probably say rustic, or soft and romantic, or whatever the current trend may be. But these days, you know what, I don’t really know anymore.

More than that, I don’t care.

I don’t care about whats currently trendy, whether there are going to be mountains in your wedding, or if it’s going to get into Hello May magazine.

What I do care about is showing up every weekend and giving my best to create a photo legacy for you and your children (heck, even your grandchildren and their children!)

Every couple is different, and no one wedding is the same. Instead of building walls that hold me in, I’m trying my hardest to break free from my limits.

Although I have to say, Amy and Jame’s tropical themed wedding at the White Rabbit was styled up to be pretty damn sick..! A part of me is really glad that weddings are starting to embrace our climate and the things around us – Singapore can be beautiful too.

ps: A word of warning, it’s a full post so it’s going to be pretty long.

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Styling by Inside the Knot
Make up by Amy Chow and Zann from 27a
Music by Kings
Cinema by XD Studios
Hair by Christian from 27a

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STILL HERE?

LETS GET IT GOING!

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If there is just one wedding I’ve been looking forward to this year, it will have to be Ashley and Jarrod’s.

Everyone who knows Ash will without a doubt be affected by her caring and thoughtful nature and by just hanging out with them a couple of times, I can sense and see how deeply Jarrod cherishes her. True to their character, they had a simple and heartfelt ceremony in church (coupled with D-I-Y herb bouquets for guests). Instead of an elaborate wedding dinner, they chose to have a quiet meal together at Potato Head Folks, where Jarrod made Ash fall in love with burgers (or so he says..)

Yet, as my wife often says, a wedding is just one day. One day where we let go of all the negatives and focus on the people and love around us, a day where everyone whom we care about and who care about us gather at one place to celebrate our union. A marriage is a different thing altogether, and most times we have to go at it alone; figuring out the difficulties and doubts, riding the bumps and ticking off the significant milestones in life. It’s going to be a long and hard yet rewarding ride, and I have no doubt that these two are going to make it to the end.

From burger nights, hanging out at abandoned airports (check out their hearts connection session here) and finally tying the knot, it means so much being able to be there witnessing your commitment.

Congratulations you two!

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Blooms – Fiona Treadwell
Make up – Xara Lee
Dress – Jules Ellie

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HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

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HERE IS THE FULL VERSION

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THE MORNING

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LETS GET MARRIED

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ENDING WITH A QUIET DATE

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