“We really like your pictures. For us, authenticity is important, and we want the photos to not be scripted, and to a reflection of our personalities rather than heavily posed photographs which are not founded on any bit of reality. We really liked the street photography direction which your photographs have.”
Whenever I open up an email with these few lines written, it feels like my life’s work has gotta a character of it’s own. As if it resonates deeply with a certain group of like-minded people. We know exactly what we want and what we like, but it’s a frustrating journey to search for this needle in a haystack. But when we do find each other, it’s oh-so-very satisfying.
Dedrick and Beatrice, being doctors, are not necessarily the type who have an eclectic taste in art, or even being talented in designing, and they struggle to find the right words to describe what they see in photographs they like. They were probably like me, who did not exactly achieve stellar grades in my art modules in school (they were more or less consistently ‘just satisfactory‘, to be honest). We do not even have an innate ability to design anything that is graphically pleasing with a brush.
What we had in common though, was the intangible ability to see and feel. We know what the important things that we hold close to our hearts are. We know there’s an inexplicable force that shakes us whenever we see a photograph that speaks to us. Ask us what it is exactly, though, and we would probably struggle to even describe it.
And most importantly, we wonder.
We wonder about the stories that photographs tell us. How it is like to feel exactly like that person in that tiny frame that we see on the screen. We wonder about all the possibilities that could happen if the photograph was not taken.
As I look back at this wedding series, I cannot help but be brought back to the day when we cycled through Pulau Ubin. We hiked a little hill on our trekking shoes, and escaped from the clutches of evil wild boars as night fell. I remember how it was to be there on the morning of the wedding day at the church, basking in the close-knit bonds that Beatrice and Dedrick share with their loved ones. At Alkaff mansion, I was reminded of their promise to make the dinner as less pretentious as possible, with only the essential ingredients needed for a memorable party – good food, wine, music, speeches and gratitude.
People often think that weddings photographs are only meant for the couple, but what i went through with them, it was exactly what I personally needed to fuel my journey as a wedding photographer.
From the bottom of my indebted heart, thank you Dedrick and Beatrice.
Wedding reception: Alkaff Mansion
Wedding Church: Church of St Ignatius
Pre-wedding location: Pulau Ubin
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—–Pulau Ubin adventures—–