I was tasked to take some pre-wedding photos for my brother RJ and his fiancee JR in August last year. It’s rare for me to take photos for other people, and the more I think about it, the more I come to realise that the number one reason I don’t is because I don’t like people that much to make photography a viable means of living…? It’s way too stressful to constantly be acquainted with strangers all the time! I’ve done a couple of pre-wedding shoots in the past for friends though, so when RJ and JR brought it up, I was excited for the opportunity to connect with my brother and future sister-in-law.
The shoot consisted of two days, with the first being location shoots. I own only a 50mm fixed focus lens, so I headed to Camera Rental Centre (CRC) to rent a 24 – 70mm lens to cover a wider angle for the architecture shots. It was my first time renting from CRC – though I’d heard of them for a while now – and garnered a 20% discount for my first rental. 10/10 would rent from them again.
Anyway, I found myself visiting Victoria Concert Hall with the couple one drizzly August morning. JR had arranged for the venue, so all I had to do was to show up and try my best to get used to the weight of this much heavier lens.
JR’s first outfit was a beautiful red dress that she’d purchased for $50 at Taobao; it was impressive how she made it look so good!
The rain abated after a few hours, and our ride from my mum was still a ways away, so we took a short walk to the National Gallery after JR’s costume change to her white wedding dress (a rental). The National Gallery facade was bright and dotty due to the Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition, to which the couple was initially quite bummed by, but I assured them that the bold reds would contrast quite well with their monochrome outfits. Also, this would be considered a limited edition wouldn’t it:
Casual wear on Coney Island was up next. It was my first time visiting the place!
… That is probably not something you’d want your photographer to be saying, but hey.
They used this photo above as the invite! We forgot that RJ used to be in track & field, and it got to the point where Ottie had to step in to coordinate the timing after RJ overshot JR on her electric scooter multiple times. 😅
The second shoot was held in their new house in all their domesticated glory.
It finally came to be RJ & JR’s wedding day last December. My highlight of their wedding was being served the ceremonial tea reserved for elders of the wedded couple! Unfortunately I haven’t been getting enough sleep in months (I’d say a year, even), so I’m a bit disappointed in how I wasn’t able to muster up enough energy for their big day. Or most days, actually. :(
I really enjoyed the videos shown during the banquet. Here’s a beautiful same-day edit from Takashiwai Films. Can’t wait to view the final cut when it comes out:
RJ even learnt how to edit videos just to create this cute collage of their journey together:
I have a new sister. :)