I had this really pretty wedding, all lined up to be blogged today, and then I realized I had left the images in my other office. Big DOHHHH! haha :) And since I am STILL on the road in between shoots, it will have to wait until I get back into JSP headquarters more permanently next week.
In the meantime, I hope it's ok to share some shots of New York City I shot on film :) If you've been following my blog, you'll know about my love affair for film :) I love how it looks so creamy, organic, and nostalgic.... and I especially love how good photos look straight out of camera on film. It never ceases to surprise me whenever I go and pick up each roll from the lab!! You are all probably wondering, how many more posts do we have to see of New York before we see photos from all the other cities we set out feet in - to be honest, Im not sure! New York was the city we spent the most time in, and I love it, so I hope you bear with me and all these posts in between the weddings and engagement sessions I'm blogging :D
Enjoy my favourite film snaps from our time in New York City. Everything is straight off the film (ie. no editing) except the black and white conversions :)
To start with, here are some shots of the New York apartment buildings done on my lomo camera! The 4th one in the bottom right hand corner was a total accident. I forgot to wind the film and accidentally shot another frame on top of the previous one - hence the trippy ghostly merge in the pic! :p
Lomo shots of central park on the only day we had sun in NYC.
Brooklyn bridge on a gloomy day. The spot we shot this, Empire of the Sun was actually shooting a video clip!!
Dusk was really pretty in NYC.
This photo completely represents how this city feels to the core.
New york just wouldn't be new york without all their awesome yellow cabs huh? :D
Or the masses of people.
More central park snaps. I swear this park was my favourite place in the whole city.
Amidst all the grey, I spotted some color! :)
This city, really is as Alicia Keys' anthem sings - Concrete Jungle.....
And who can forget that special wall dedicated to the 911 tragedy. Painted by the kids.
And lastly the snow. I love how you can spot all the little people. How many can you find? :D
Hope everyone's week has been going well so far!! :D
See you all next post!! :D
It is always a nice surprise when a past clients drops you an email to say they would love you to shoot another session for them, even after they have gotten married. For Kevin and Valen, I got their message all the way from their new home in Los Angeles, and I couldn't have been happier! If you remember, we shot their pre-wedding session last year, and it was one of the most amazing experiences I have had the pleasure of being a part of.
As a photographer, I am not allowed to have favourites by any means, but if I were allowed to break that rule it would be for this pair :) Words cannot describe how much I love these two! As a couple, they are madly in love, but as people they are two of the kindest, sweetest people I have had the honor of crossing paths with. Not only do I have the most insane amount of fun whenever I am with Kevin and Valen, but when Ju and I were in Los Angeles they took us out, made sure we enjoyed ourselves, and looked after us SO well. I couldn't believe that out of all the cities we had visited in the USA, they were making Los Angeles one of the most memorable. THANK YOU so much Kevin and Valen... not just for this amazing 'just because' session, but for sharing your lives with us. All those nights of Korean BBQ, Yoghurtland, overly large mexican food, and shopping galore, amongst all the laughter will remain in my heart forever!!! I've walked away not with clients in my hand, but friends, and for that, I'm so grateful :)
Uber uber uber amounts of love!!
ps: Oh, to everyone else, in case you are wondering - here are some of my favourites from their session in Los Angeles and surroundings :D
Hair/Makeup: By the FABULOUS Angeline of All Made Up (which is run by the ever popular Vivian Tran who also does the make up for alot of Jasmine Star's clients! :D) - Thank you Angeline for making Valen look gorgeous that day!! :D
I always believe you can tell how in love a couple is, no matter how young or old, by how they laugh together. I still stand by this belief to this day :)
These two have a knack for sitting and looking cute on farm fences ;)
There were some gorgeous fields of flowers we passed by that day!
While we were waiting for Kevin at one point, we found this AMAZING field of yellow flowers and shot Valen in it :D
Then it was off to get some beach shots at Malibu and Santa Monica! :D The light in Los Angeles is AMAZING, coupled with the most beautiful blue skies I have ever seen in my life.
I know I shouldn't be posting shots that look so similar, but I couldn't help myself with these two shots... i love the subtleties in both! :D And who can pass up amazing light?? :D
We were SUPPOSED to make it to the pier, but we found SO many spots where the light just hit perfectly... including this parking lot.
And then finishing up on the beach, where the sunset and light was incredible. We get really pretty light in Sydney, but LA trumps us in that department through and through... You'll see what I mean soon :)
The sunset was divine. DIVINE.
This is the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen. EVER. I have left it straight out of camera, just so you can appreciate how gorgeous it was the day I saw it :D
I know wedding posts are TOTALLY overdue :) 2009 was a complete craze for us, and then we jet setted across the world. It left so little time to breathe, let alone blog! But I'm back to show some love to this space, and share with you all the beautiful couples that we have had the honor to cross paths with :) Starting with this amazing pair :)
The charcoal grey storm clouds swirled above in a warning fashion, painting the day in muted tones. However, not too far from where I stood on that oddly-windy summer day, I could hear giggles floating...and as I stepped into the door, the flurry of feet buzzed around in excited commotion. And there she was. The bride, gently but confidently powdering her face in preparation for the moments to come. Vivian knew it would be time soon. Yet even in those final moments when most brides would be madly waving their arms as the stress set in, Vivian remained calm...filled with adrenalin, but calm...and with a smile. Always with a smile. And I think that is what defines these two - Both completely down to earth, and personal. But individually, Vivian is the soothing, gentle spirit that is full of warmth and generosity. While Joe, her other half is the vivacious, excitable soul, laced with zealousy and playfullness. And I love that - when two people compliment, that is. She is his roots, while he is her air. A perfect yin and yang :)
I have to say it here, it makes me SO happy when I walk into the door of a wedding day, and I can see elements of the couple's personality sprinkled across all the elements of the day. Especially when the ingredients to the day are made with personal love, with their own hands, time, and creativity. It was so evident at Joe and Vivian's wedding, from the moment I received their invite in my mailbox (did I tell you how much I LOVE getting invites from my couples??? It makes me all warm and gooey on the inside to know that they would extend their hand of friendship in that gesture :D), I knew I was in for some gorgeous fun with these two! You'll see what I mean below :) All their gorgeous wedding details were personally sourced, made, and styled in true DIY form - and I just loved that! :D
Here are my favourites :)
Joe on his way out :)
Quiet moments before the ceremony.
The ceremony was filled to the brim with emotion....quiet and exuberant.
Joe was in tears at this point, just overwhelmed with the joy that they would actually be calling each other husband and wife from this point.
While these two were in a world of their own. I was trying to figure out what they were plotting! hehe :D
Some portraits before the storm clouds rolled in that day!
We stumbled upon this amazing little cottage by complete accident! I just love the texture and colours of the building - totally reminded me of my time in Paris, France and Europe in general! :D
And the fabulous wedding details :) The theme was carried through so beautifully!
Joe and Vivian, in their true personal style, organized candies for all their guests to take home - apparently these were the candies they loved eating as children! :D
Hilarious moments during the reception.
And then these two surprised everyone with a song. These two SERIOUSLY know how to sing!! I thought I was listening to two professionals! I have a video, but have no idea how to upload it as its 220mb HD so if you know, please tell me so I can share with you their amazing talent!
My favourite moment of every wedding reception - the first dance :)
Thank you to Joe and Vivian for flying me all the way into Adelaide and sharing your lives with me. I truly felt like a friend at the wedding, and that meant the WORLD. I love you both!!!
I'm currently at the airport in Las Vegas, waiting to hop onto the plane for our next stop on this trip, and wanted to share an amazing experience I had in New York recently when the more than fabulous Jasmine Star gave the yay-ok to shoot my headshots in that beautiful city :D Now, I've mentioned it a million trillion times, if you have not heard of Jasmine yet, you must have been living under a rock and a cave, and then some more rock because this incredible woman is taking the photography world by storm and leaving a blazing trail behind her as well as a billion raving fans :) She is not just a talented photographer, but a really amazing person through and through...you immediately get that sense when you read her blog, and after meeting her at the Sydney Jasmine Star workshop, and then being on the other side of her lens, I will attest to that personally! :D :D
We have some big crazy plans for how JSP will look later this year, and part of the plan was to update to show everyone my current face and elements of what I love and I couldn't think of a better person to capture that than Jasmine - she has an innate ability to see people... like, really see them and what makes them them. It shows through her passion for life, and I love that :)
Thank you SO much Jasmine for saying yes to this crazy Aussie-Asian girl!!! You've exceeded my expectations with this, and the huge amount of messages/emails I got after you blogged the session are a testament to that!
Much love xox
here are some of my favourites. I love all of them actually but I won't spoil the surprise - you can visit her blog here to see the session in full :D
Oh and before I forget, the AHHH-MAZING Amanda from Ruffled helped to style this shoot - she picked up all these gorgeous props and pieces and I can't thank her enough!! Please do stop by her blog - its got some incredible eye candy as inspiration for all you brides out there who love vintage as much as I do :D
It's been SUCH a crazy ride the past few weeks! I have a million pictures to share, and another 8 rolls sitting on film waiting to be developed. I'm currently perched here in my hotel room in Vegas prepping for a crazy intense week at WPPI, and at the same time nursing a cold that I seem to have adopted along my travels here in the states. Perhaps it is the chilling-to-the-bone kind of weather we've been experiencing first hand, or maybe it is the fact that we are doing and seeing so much and getting so excited by all the sight and sounds around us that we aren't sleeping as much as we should. Whatever it is, I'm wiping away my runny nose, making my own version of 'wonton balls' as I try to catch up on blog posts :)
I have a collection of journal entries where I penned my thoughts and reflections that I wrote during my trip, but I might save them for the next entry or so, once my brain is parked more in a functioning state :)
For now, I'm making up for my lack of updates with a larger than normal post of travel photos from NYC :D
Enjoy! I'm off to bed for an early start to Cliff Mautner's workshop tomorrow! :D So excited!! :D Take care my lovelies! And see you next post! :D
After wandering the cold streets of Greenwich Village, we finally made it to Bleeker Street to stop by the infamous Magnolia Bakery. The decor inside was so incredibly cute and homely! :D
Not to mention insanely packed and busy!! It was a challenge to even take this picture without rubbing shoulders with the next person!
I managed to eventually try the classic favourite flavour - Red Velvet which is basically a plain red cupcake with the most incredible vanilla cream top. It was lovely, but if I had to choose, my palette was a little biased to the below chocolate delights! :D
We were told Sarah Jessica Parker lived around this area - they apparently also filmed Sex and The City around here too. I can see why - the streets were just so pretty! Here is one such example! :D
Okay, so you already know I rarely EVER post personal pictures of the husband and I - we are a little shy :P But I couldn't help myself with these two shots - I think the red wall made us look nicer hehe ;)
I personally think I look like a burglar! haha!
I love love love anything vintage - this vintage clothing storefront was just delightful! :D
And then as we kept exploring, we came across an entire wall of tiles that were painted by school children, to honor the victims who had died in the 9/11 tragedy. I saw tile after tile that almost made me tear like the following. Although none was as sad as the one Ju captured (which you can't see here) that read in a faded red heartshape "Brandon Reed Brandhorst. Age 3. Flew into God's arms. UA flight 175, 9/11".
You can't stay in New York and not try the best hotdogs around - Gray's Papaya 's hotdogs made my tummy and tastebuds so happy! :D
Ground Zero. Its apparently stayed like this with no progress for 10 years due to politics :(
An intense observer on the Staten Island ferry.
A lady I caught using an old film camera. Its always a delight to see anyone who embraces the old way :)
The sky finally cleared up for a tiny period and we could see the Manhattan Skyline. Isn't she pretty? :)
And finally, a pretty sunset to end the day.
Just kidding, we ended our trip by buying some cheesy I 'heart' NY shirts - these stalls are all over the city!
Have a happy Friday everyone! :D