Joshua and Jocelyn’s wedding was so, so refreshing to shoot. As you probably figured by now, I’m not much of a “come on guys lets say yahoo rara jump around” kinda photographer. Yet, there was no stopping the youthful energy that was bursting out from this wedding. I think almost every crazy idea you see from the photographs came from the amazing couple and their kickass bridal party.
It reminded me again that I am nothing without the trust, faith and confidence that couples put into my craft.
I shot this wedding last year but only had time to upload it now. Chinese New Year is usually a quiet time for me.
Earlier this week, I was queueing up for Bar Kwa (Chinese barbequed meat for the uninitiated) for my grandmother. In Singapore, there are 2 big names in the Bar Kwa market– namely Bee Cheng Hiang and Lim Chee Guan. The former has 28 stores over the island and 20 over more spread across 6 countries. They use most frozen meat sources and have started freeze packing their products to facilitate overseas exports. The latter has 3 stores in the entire island, use fresh meat and do not export overseas.
Every Chinese New Year, the queues at Lim Chee Guan are insane. Last year, I waited 4 hours. This year, I waited 3 hours. Comparatively, you can probably get a pack of Bee Cheng Hiang brand Bar Kwa under 30 minutes.
Somewhere along my 3 hour queue while reading the Lim Chee Guan pledge of quality, I figured that the Lim brand and I stood for the same values. I had always wanted to be like them – synonymous with quality, patience and organic growth.
I am a slow worker, mostly because I edit every image individually. My colors are important to me because I believe in bringing out the essence of a particular place and time. Most fellow photographers and friends tell me I’m crazy, that most couples can’t tell the difference, but it doesn’t matter to me. Part of the reason is that I can’t get over handing over half-assed work, but most of it comes from the satisfaction from those who can tell the difference.
To this end, I will remain slow, remain crazy. Because to me it’s something worth fighting for.