Monday, March 30, 2009

WPJA 2008 Q4 Award Winning Photo

Actual Link is here

We have a good news to share with you. Jessie and I are happy to know that we won our first international wedding photojournalist award. I didn't expect this shot would win when I submitted to the 2008 Q4 contest. We both think this shot is an interesting photo. Brianna was covered by a white sheet to avoid Terry to see her before the wedding. It was a bit windy (and a lot of snow) when she got off from the limo. I quickly captured 2 frames at that time and I decided to pick this one.

We will work harder to get more winning shots published!


The Hycroft Wedding Sneak Peek

What a busy summer! I will try to post more photos and news on blog in the coming months.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Published Article

We got published on a Chinese magazine again. The article is mainly about how Jessie and I work as a team and the advantages of having a female photographer in wedding photography . The writer told me that our portrait might not be on the article last week, but they finally decided to use it.

I know I missed my weekly blog update schedule. We are busy with some wedding and portrait inquires recently. It seems the advertisement and the feature wedding on magazine work quite well. At the same time, Vancouver's crazy weather affected our engagement and pre-wedding sessions a lot. Because of time, I have to drop a layout design assignment. At the same time, I'm expecting an interesting commercial photography session. I really hope we can start this assignment sooner.

Other than work stuff, I recommend a good book to all photojournalists. It's Joe McNally's The Moment It Clicks. For those who are looking for camera settings beside photos, this is not for you. Joe teaches you something more behind words. You can get it fast from local Chapters or

Another book that I want to read is Joe McNally's new book, The Hot Shoe Diaries. I think it's available in Chapters now. I can't wait to get a copy.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

New Self-Portrait (For Magazine)

We will have an interview or editorial article in a magazine. If I'm not mistaken, it will be on March 28th. We decided to shoot a new portrait for ourselves although I'm not 100% sure if the press will use it. Maybe, I should do another one, next week (if we have time...)

See the ugly draft below, it was my Plan A. I did this in a garage (weird place, right?). My initial plan was using a blue gelled 420EX on the right side. However, I decided to cut that at the end. The location of the red gelled Sigma EF500 moved to the corner and zoomed it back. Plan B worked better.

I wish 5D MkII has a flip LCD screen now.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Engagement Slideshow in HD Format

This is our first post of a slideshow in HD format. It took me some time to get use to 1080p and 720p video editing, although I did quite a lot of standard definition editing in Adobe Premiere Pro 2. Time changes so fast... Everything is HD now.

In 2009, our photography shooting includes some HD video clips from 5D MkII and HD-DV.

P.S. I'm still learning how to decrease the HD video size for Vimeo upload.


Got Published

We got Brianna & Terry's wedding published on a Chinese Newspaper Magazine. But...

There are problems with this feature wedding page. They missed the photo and article credits. It seems the purple frame's layer is on top of the content's layer (See the L from "Love Story 1" was cut off). I have no idea why but I'll try to find out the reason.

*Update: Someone really screwed up (of course). I'm quite disappointed about their printing quality and their layout design. It's like my design course homework in university.


This is their web version which has our photo credit at the right bottom. See PDF

Monday, March 2, 2009

Naomi & Brett E-Session

It was our first e-session after our Las Vegas trip. Naomi & Brett are a sweet couple. They are very good at posing, which made our lives much easier. We checked the weather forecast almost every day because of the unstable weather. We were lucky (and smart) to choose Simon Fraser University as the location. Sun came out when we started and it went away fast. As we were shooting indoor, it rained... We will continue with this unfinished shooting later.