There’s a lot of gorgeousness coming your way today with our Spotlight Interview with wedding photographer Hong of Fabulous Moments! Hong is a Malaysia-based wedding photographer who travels around the world to capture moments of love in a story-telling way. With his photo-journalistic approach, Hong has the amazing ability of capturing just the right moments naturally. He is praised not only for his work but most importantly, the values behind it. Hong is a wonderful friend to his couples, an amazing observer behind the lens, and a passionate artist beyond words. Join us as we share Hong’s story and beautiful work below!
Praise Wedding: Tell us how and why did you step into this industry, and why did you choose to focus on weddings?
Hong: I first started as hobbyist who photographed mainly portraits and events. I slowly stepped into wedding photography after assisting a professional wedding photographer in 2009, where I realized that capturing moments of love was something I truly enjoyed. I love to interact with the newly weds to share their joy!
Praise Wedding: What kind of photography services do you offer, and which service interests you the most?
Hong: I do pre-wedding, engagement portrait and wedding day photography. I find that wedding day photography interests me the most as it is the most meaningful day for a couple, and I would do my best to capture every moment of it!
Praise Wedding: How would you describe your photo-journalistic wedding style?
Hong: I capture natural expression, the non-posed genuine moments through a story-telling way.
Praise Wedding: Share with us 3 of your favorite shots, and tell us why!
Hong: This destination pre-wedding shoot in Santorini, Greece below was my first assignment in Europe, and I absolutely love the stunning scenery!
Hong: This photo below captured the moment when the bride’s parents helped her put on her veil before the ceremony. It’s full of family love, and I like how the bride smiles with joy as if she couldn’t wait to see the next chapter of her life.
Hong: I love how this couple below interacted with each other in a very natural way with just a simple move. This is one of my all time favorite shots!
Praise Wedding: Do you have experience with destination weddings? If so, please share with us your most unforgettable experience!
Hong: Yes! I do have experience with destination weddings to Mauritius, Sydney, Adelaide & Singapore. My most unforgettable experience isn’t the ones from faraway, but a destination wedding on Langkawi island, which is only approximately one hour flight away from the capital city where I’m based.
The couple was from UK, they flew all the way to Malaysia for their special day and they went through Chinese traditional ceremony (gate crashing & tea serving) followed by a western-styled wedding by the beach.
Praise Wedding: We love how your photos reflect true feelings (especially contagious joy) and natural interaction between your couples, that’s your trick of capturing these moments so naturally?
Hong: To me the only trick is to really get involved in the event and to focus on observation & anticipation. Move swiftly and be patient (sometimes you need to wait for those precious moments to happen).
Praise Wedding: How do you help your clients to discover their best looks in front of the camera?
Hong: I think it’s important to make them feel relaxed by interacting with them like friends, so that they can actually enjoy the shooting.
Praise Wedding: Do you see any emerging trends in the wedding industry?
Hong: I personally think that couples nowadays want a real wedding, a wedding that truly reflects their personality. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just keeping it simple and comfortable so that everyone can enjoy a good time.
Praise Wedding: What is the one piece of advice that you would give to other budding photographers?
Hong: It’s important to create a style that represents ourselves and stick to it.
Praise Wedding: How do you keep yourself motivated and inspired?
Hong: I keep myself motivated and inspired by traveling overseas alone, and see more work from other wedding photographers that I admire.
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