I met Alex and Lisa just before I flew back to Taiwan and Alex talked about how he went through A LOT of wedding photographers and concluded that he wanted Kunio Photography and not considering anyone else to capture their wedding day. I was extremely flattered. When I came back from Taiwan to shoot their engagement he said, “We don’t have much preference in terms of location so we will follow your judgement, whatever you suggest will be great, it will be awesome, and I will leave it in your hands.” Again I was really flattered (but stressed due to extreme high expectation) and I went all out flipping through my folder of Vancouver locations to make sure I live up to their expectations!
The shoot was extremely pleasant as I started to notice Alex and Lisa’s response as I embedded ”what works” and “what doesn’t work as well” into my mind so I am ready for their wedding day on July 20, 2012. I love engagement sessions. It is the time when I can learn about the couple in how they react to my direction as well as how they react to each other. It’s different for everyone. Alex is the goofy one, he is so goofy (like myself) and would go “Hiyaaa! Waaahh!” with his kong fu at Lisa. Lisa on the other hand is the calm and the type that is slightly nervous, but she laughs and smiles beautifully when Alex does or say goofy things. It was a very warm engagement.
We laughed and joked during the shoot and Alex talked about how he made a lot of photographer friends due to taking a photography class in Langara. So he asked a lot of his friends for opinion when choosing his photographer. He jokingly said,
“You know when you ask a photographer what (this) photographer’s work are and they reply, ‘meh,’ ‘mmmm’ and ‘so so,’”
“Well, your photography had the least of ‘meh,’ ‘mmm’ and ‘so so’”
I don’t know if any of you understand what I mean…but by chance you do, yeah, it was pretty funny to hear that! Because being a photographer I used to also say ‘meh’ ‘mmm’ ‘so so’ to photographs that doesn’t suite my taste but shy to say “OH WOW! SO GOOD!” to the photographs that I like. Well, that was few years ago when I was too full of pride (hey! at least I am honest about it now!).
The sun came out quite nicely on the day as well, they were the first couple I shot since I came back from my vacation to Tawian. I was glad Vancouver gave me sunshine on the day of shoot. It became cloudy and then rained few hours after we finished. We totally lucked out choosing to shoot in the morning!! Thanksss for waking up early Alex and Lisa!
Oh and that’s Chewy, super duper cute dog that starts wimping afte Alex and Lisa leaves him for like 2 meters. Awww poor Chewy, I hope he got the attention he deserves after the shoot!