Should I begin this entry with ‘once upon a time’? Hahaha! A lot of people have been sending in inquiries asking about our conceptualised pre-wedding photography. Well, all I can say is the entire process from consultation, pre-conceptualising, planning and preparation for props & outfits, logistics and location scouting, to the photoshoot and post processing itself is extremely taxing and demanding.
Conceptualised pre-wedding is for people with as much passion as us to see things through, and no amount of challenges can bring them down or push them away from getting things done. Although time is not a luxury for them, but yet they make every effort to make sure they communicate with us in every way possible, make time for discussions despite their busy work schedule (some even don’t mind taking off from work just to meet us), and will gather all the props necessary to make sure the shoot turns out good because most of the time it’s either the expression or the props that make or break the shoot. I guess the one single thing we require from couples interested to do a conceptualised pre-wedding shoot with us would be “Commitment”.
Earlier this year we have announced that our booking for conceptualised pre-wedding for couples getting married in Year 2012 is fully booked. We have angry couples asking for a slot but unfortunately we are full. Really full. By fully booked we don’t mean that every single day of the 365 days we are booked for photoshoots. We are fully booked because we limit the number of conceptualised pre-wedding shoots we take in a year.
Why the limitation? Simply because it’s sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo taxing on us not only physically, but also mentally! Imagine we’ll need to let our brains roam around, daydream for ideas for the shoot. Ideas don’t just appear on your desktop like how notifications pop up on your mobile phone or desktop. And sometimes we have crazy ideas, but no couples are game enough to do it, OR it’s just too impossible to execute with Photography. Sometimes our brain just gets constipated. It’s like a terrible traffic jam or a congested water pipe. But of course many times once the congestion is cleared, ideas gush out like an explosion and you’ll see the soft sunlight and beautiful rainbow.
Ah, not forgetting the post processing after the shoot which can take months just working on that single couple’s photoshoot alone. With so many couples chasing us for their images, Susu’s body has been threatening to emit white rays from her head, causing her to have more and more white hairs. As for Raymond, needless to say. It’s a different league of stress altogether and that’s why he’s botak.
I know I’ve said this many many times, but to all our couples who engaged us for their conceptualised pre-wedding shoot, YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!! It’s like a case of “Amazing Race” or better still, “Survivor”. You guys survived and we are so proud of you!! Every single one of our conceptualised pre-wedding shoot is so memorable, so precious and so awesome. We’ll remember it for life! 😀
Having said that, here’s a recent one we did. ENJOY!!!!!! 🙂
One day, QL invited his buddy KL over to his crib to watch a soccer match together. KL was hesitant because he knows that every time he goes over to watch a soccer match, the both of them will make a mess out of the place and that made Sharon (QL’s wifey) really upset. He feels bad about the mess and QL’s poor wifey Sharon had to bend back and forth to clear the mess. There was once where the boys left the main door open and got sooo engrossed in the match that a cat, a dog, a rooster, and a cockroach went into their unit and stole away bags of potato chips. That left Sharon really really mad, and she issued a Yellow Card to QL. No more TV for QL especially when a soccer match is on.
“No sweat lah KL, they gonna telecast the match in the morning, and you know la, morning Sharon is away at work. Let’s go to the doctor together and get MC. You say leg pain, I say eyeball pain, sure can!” was QL’s reassurance to KL. So the two boys head to the doctor’s together. Before the two boys even said a word, the doctor automatically gave them MC. Doctor said “Aiya, must be wana come and take MC go back watch soccer match right…”
The two boys were surprised and thought the doctor was also a highly trained psychic. Then the doctor said “Come on, look at what the two of you are wearing… Manchester United Football Club Jersey!!”
The two boys paid money and left the clinic happily with the MC slip in their wallet.
Back at QL’s home, the boys switched on the TV and filled the entire living room with Tiger Beer, Heineken Beer and even Sapporo. Not forgetting the peanuts and bags of potato chips to go along. The match was so friggin exciting. It was Chelsea VS Manchester United and Luiz scored a goal!! Boy was KL frustrated!!
With the whole bag of chips crashed, KL had to grab another bag from the Kitchen and by the time he got back the match heat up again and Rooney was dribbling the ball left right up down and he successfully infiltrated to the enemy’s territory! So ganjiong spider!!
Rooney escaped all the countless attempts from the enemies to tackle him and GOOOOOOOAL!!!!! The boys were over the roof!!
Without anymore chips to munch on, they decided to call for food delivery. The delivery “guy” appeared in a flash of lightning with a colourful pinwheel and scared the shit out of the two boys. They thought they saw a ghost but they forgot that anyone can just enter freely because they forgot to close the main door. Jia Jia then introduced “herself” as the delivery courier and tried to assure the boys that she’s harmless.
Unfortunately the boys didn’t take that too well. With a Tiger in hand for protection against the “ghost”, KL tried his best to roar like a tiger hoping his roar will scare Jia Jia away. QL whips out a baseball bat out of no where and gave Jia Jia a chiropractic adjustment gone wrong.
Things went surprisingly well for the two boys, and very quickly Jia Jia was snoring away. Only when the two boys heard Jia Jia’s snore that they realise “she” is actually a human! But with the ongoing soccer match, they decided to let Jia Jia take a nap first before they wake her up when the match ends.
Halfway through, Sharon appeared!!! KL was so terrified when he saw Sharon with a peddle in hand and QL was scared shitless!
It was the first time Sharon gave KL and QL the death stare and killer eyes. Her eyes seemed to radiate fury and also wifi connection with Mr Muscle detergent, hoping the place will clean up by itself with her death stare.
Before the boys even have time to react, Sharon dragged QL out of the house by the leg, and KL had to whip out his super huge old school mobile phone. With a longer antenna, he thought he’ll be able to receive better signals to make emergency phone calls like this.
KL speed dialed the number of his other buddy for help! His name is Eugene, and before Eugene could say anything, KL was screaming and shouting over the phone non stop like a mad man. “THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT EUGENE I TRUST THIS TASK TO YOU WITH MY LIFE! HELP ME RECORD THE MATCH CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER UNITED NOW NOW NOW!!! ROONEY AND LUIZ SCORED AND I’M SO GONNA MISS ROONEY’S PENALTY BECAUSE SHARON IS HERE SHE APPEARED SUDDENLY WITH THE PEDDLE AND NOW SHE’S DRAGGING QL ACROSS THE FLOOR!”
Sharon got sooo mad that she decided to punish QL. She knocked him unconscious and threw all her shoes collection on him. The punishment came partly because of the mess he created, partly because of breaking the no more TV, especially soccer match rule. But the most important reason was because the happily ever after that QL promised to her when he put on the glass slipper on her foot years ago was not fulfilled. He promised to buy her a pair of shoe every week, but just too bad he forgot about it this week on this day because of the soccer match.
Moral of the story? Cinderella, a goody two shoes can get angry too! So don’t neglect your Wifey and Girlfriend during the frenzy soccer season. As for what happened to QL in the end? No worries! No amount of shoes can be too much to kill!
Then we did a paint splash series;
Don’t you just love the colours? This is not a Trash the Dress shoot by the way.
The gown is from Bridal Affairs, and we thought it look really awesome with the multitude of colors!
The splashes on Sharon’s face are all unintended, but everything turned out to be so damn nice!! And it’s just so lucky that the emulsion paint missed Sharon’s eyeballs but landed on her eyelashes and her under eye.
We had to cling wrap our tripod, and even the Canon camera, speedlites and all. Our clothes and slippers caught paint, but it was damn fun! 😀
Have a little patience, it’s gonna be an awesome eye candy once the Gif loading is complete! From beginning to the end. 🙂
We hope you enjoy this series of conceptualised pre-wedding shoot, and roughly understands how each frame came about and the story flows. We’re reducing the number of conceptualised pre-wedding shoots to only 10 for Year 2013, so for those interested to do a conceptualised pre-wedding or even post-wedding shoot with us, drop us an email to contactme @ raymondphang.com to find out more.
Lots of Love,