Khin possess a very sweet smile but she was totally new to studio portrait shoot. After few mins of fun talk and laughs the photo shoot went really well. Below is the chosen one for the front page of EPIC Edu Mm leaflet.
I always wanted to shoot preparation/behind the scene of wedding as I know that wedding photographers in Myanmar don't really shoot those shots on the actual wedding day. So I went to the Sedona Hotel 2 hrs before the wedding to have some shots what I always wanted since the Groom, Bride, Flower girls and Ring Bearer are all my friend. (You can se the pre-wedding photos here)
The beautiful Bride getting hair and make up done.
Bridesmaids, Ring Bearers and Flower Girls
Ok. After the below one last photo we left the just married couple in their hotel room which really was a nice one facing beautiful sunset over the Inya Lake.
For those who are interested in the gear I used for above shots all the photos were taken with X100s which I noticed that ISO3200 & 6400 shots are pretty noisy as it is APS-C sensor but still can be reduced noise in Lightroom. But the raw photos do react slightly different to color adjustment in other words you can't do much Brightness/Contrast adjustment.
I have been to Shwedagon Pagoda many times with my camera but this time I went there for a pre-wedding photo shoot. Normally a photographer does not necessarily need to get permit to shoot at Shwedagon Pagoda but in a case like pre-wedding when couple wearing very bright beautiful Myanmar wedding dress security told me to get a permit from the Pagoda authorities. Actually it is not like something you need to go through very formally according to my assistant. All he had to do was writing down few sentences on a paper saying that we were here for a pre-wedding portrait session with the Pagoda as background. It was raining heavily and I couldn't really bring the couples many places. Anyway we did try our best to get some good shots in this limited spaces which was a stairway to the Pagoda. There are a lot of souvenir shops near by and if you talk to the shopkeepers nicely you can borrow a lot of stuffs from them for photo shoot. I borrowed one blue Myanmar traditional umbrella and managed to get below shots. Raw conversion of all the photos were done in Lightroom. Then I exported them to Photoshop for retouching and Dodge/Burn stuffs. Final tone were adjusted using VSCO film preset with minor manual adjustments. Final security check before entering the Shwedagon Pagoda platform. Because of heavy rain we only got one photo taken on the platform when it stopped for about 10 mins. Then it continued and we had to get back to the stair way to save ourselves and gears. Read here how i got this shot. Then We borrowed two Myanmar Harps (normal size one and very small one) from the antique shops located just outside of the Pagoda for below fun shot.
I was kinda forced by friends to attend friend's friend wedding held in Mandalay last month (check out the photos of the young beautiful couple here) and one of them who I have known since secondary school invited me to his house in Pyin Oo Lwin. We took it and this was where we had our late breakfast. One of the Pyin Oo Lwin strawberry farm.
Here got one fun thing which we couldn't get to do in the big city was that we were allowed to pluck strawberries ourselves in the field as much as we wanted to purchase but obviously not in a abusive way.
Once we were done with plucking they packed all the strawberries we had chosen into a small box and we just needed to pay per box.
The farm actually was quite spacious.
And by the way Pyin Oo Lwin used to be quite famous for using pony cart for transportation.
And finally we all tried the strawberry milkshake which made with fresh strawberries.
A year ago I was invited by my roommate to take some portraits of this girl, Yang who was coming to Singapore. She was staying at MBS (Marina Bay Sand Hotel) for one day and we had a chance to take photos in the MBS rooftop swimming pool just before sunset.
It was the first ever wedding for me to attend this year, 2014 and I felt so great to take pics of these young couple who are really happy to have each other. This time I did experience how Mandalay people celebrate their wedding which was much much more formal than some of the Yangon wedding ceremonies I have been.