WEEEEEEEE!!! I’m typing this entry on 25 January 2014, Saturday, while Raymond and Terence are out on an actual day shoot today. Dinner part gonna be pretty interesting cos it’s not the typical Chinese Wedding Banquet held at Hotels. The couple are holding their dinner reception at this Italian Restaurant called Zafferano which is located at Ocean Financial Centre. Can’t wait to see the photos! 😀
So, the lunar new year is fast approaching! We are officially done with the October Weddings backlog!! PHEW!! Such a relief! Now we are chiong-ing the early November weddings backlog, and hopefully able to complete before the lunar new year so that our couples can share the photographs with their friends and relatives over the gatherings.
And I have decided that this year I will try to throw work aside during the lunar new year, and properly sit down to enjoy some quality family time with my folks and relatives. Which is why… I have pre-blogged entries enough to keep you guys entertained through the lunar new year! Teeheehee. And I have also pre-loaded some of our wedding photography works on Instagram to be updated periodically. So for friends who are secretly hiding at home over the lunar new year, you’ll have something to read/browse. :p
Today, let me share some behind the scene photographs taken in New Zealand for Cowan and Pamela’s conceptualised pre-wedding photoshoot by Raymond Phang! Yes, beautiful New Zealand! 😀
Here’s Cowan looking a little shagged. We had quite a lot of barangs to carry – camera lighting and equipment, couple’s outfits and mascot costume, also the sand surf boards and stuffs. And it was a loooooooong climb all the way from the carpark up to the photoshoot location. Early. In. The. Morning. Garrrrrhhhh~
That’s me helping Cowan to pin on the veil. Teeheehee. The sun was really damn gorgeous! We watched the sky turned from darkness to bright when the sun slowly rose and its rays peeking through the trees from far.
Here’s susu the professional part time veil thrower getting all ready. Was quite scary cos the ground is actually not full solid. The area where Pamela was standing was the most scary cos if you stomp on the ground, you’ll see bits and parts of the hardened sand/soil crumbling off the edge.
Here’s part of the couple’s barangs. They even prepared some sandwiches for all of us! And Lester being the ever hungry monster decided to give face and gobble up the sandwich.
WHAT A VIEW!! SO GORGEOUS ISN’T IT??? I can stay there forever… if not for the sandflies/flies… and some big buzzing bugs/insects flying around. Else everything would be perfect. Oh and that’s Raymond directing and giving instructions.
Setting up the area for the next scene. I actually wore a freaking lot of layers… partly cos morning was darn cold, and also cos I had to moderate the buffet food flow for the insects who kept coming to feast on my blood. -_-”
Next location they had to climb all the way up this really darn steep slope! You know when we went there to recce days before the shoot, we tried to climb up and these trails were left by us. So you have to climb sideways else it’s so hard to move forward! And me being the one with acrophobia had no choice but to follow them up to. So I was really on all fours like a baby, crawled straight up (the straight trail up was mine).
Then halfway up, I looked down and that’s it, the acrophobia kicked in. I got stuck there like a buffalo in a pool of gooey mud. I can’t move forward, and I can’t make my way down. Guess what I did next….
I spread my whole body on the entire sand surface like how you’d spread nutella on your bread. Then I pushed myself so that I can slowly slide down inch by inch. Was so afraid that if I pushed too hard I’d roll down the hill like humpty dumpty.
And I made it.
While the rest continued their journey up there and I was the only human being down there waiting. I didn’t even know if they were dead or alive or fallen into a dungeon or anything. I just waited, and played music on my phone, and busy avoiding buzzing bees, getting myself barbecued under the hot sun. It was only after some time that I heard faint voices and tiny human heads appearing from the top cos the dune was too high up.
So on the shoot day, I get to look after all the barangs at the bottom of the dune while using the 70-200 to snap snap some pics here and there. Hehehe.
Yeah their gown and suit got thrashed in the sand.
When all the crew successfully made their way down, Lester took a photo of me sitting on the ground. I was sitting on the ground and laying on the ground here and there while waiting. Quite fun. The sand was really fine!
Using Lester’s Nikon camera to snap snap.
And the monkeys decided to try sand surfing…
Susu’s terrified face. Luckily she didn’t roll down like humpty dumpty.
Lester’s and Raymond’s turn… they had to climb all the way up… Spent so much time and energy climbing, only to end the surfing within less than a minute. -_-”
Ok, looked like they had fun.
But guess what, Raymond got so carried away until he dropped his SOG utility knife! He only realised it when we finished the shoot and got back to the motel. And it was already night time, and he even wanted to spend 1-2 hours driving all the way up to the dune just to look for his SOG. I told him we could buy one when we’re back in Singapore again, but he was really upset.
So I had to google for SOG dealers in New Zealand and on our last day in NZ, drove all the way down to the shops to see if they had the same one. Spent quite some time there, unfortunately they didn’t have the same model, and Raymond decided to get one when he’s back in Singapore.
Moral of the story… next time sand surf naked. :p
Off to the next scene and that’s me helping Pamela to lace up the back of her gown.
My hands and Lester’s hands. Filled with colors!
After the throwing… luckily these powders were easily dusted off, and knowingly how much the New Zealanders love their environment, we tried our best to clean up the place and made sure we left no rubbish around.
We had so much fun with Cowan and Pamela in New Zealand!! They say it’s only when you travel with a person that you’ll discover his/her strengths and flaws. I’m so glad that we had a lot of fun and brought back so much precious memories! 😀
For couples who would like to experience the adventure of a lifetime with us in New Zealand this year in April, do send us a whatsapp message at +65 8138 3397, or email to contactme @ raymondphang.com. 😀