I love playing around by giving a mood , a story to the photos. Different of colouring, layering, mood would instantly transform the mood of the photos, expressing the liking of the owner, and message to be delivered through the photos.
Middle: Second layer of modification
Bottom: One layer of modification
To be frank, I am actually having a tough time to choose between the middle or the bottom photo. The middle one manage to show the greens behind the subject. But the bottom one manage to blur out everything, and give us a limelight.
If you ask me, I like both the middle and bottom ones equally.
Initially, I plan to delete this photo. It has no point.
Top: After editting
See, the original one looks very sharp, showing how my tired my skin is. But after make up, the latter one looks better.
This one is just to show that I manage to squeeze in bubbles inside the photo!
Hubby went out to dabao/take away lunch. We expected it would be a full-day photoshoot , hence lunch inside.
9.30am – Headed to FRIM Kepong. (Paid Rm 100 for the photography pass)
10.00am – Started our photoshoot
changed our attire/ make up & hair (3 looks for FRIM)
movedg around between different corners in FRIM Kepong
had our lunch in FRIM Kepong
3.00pm – Leaving FRIM Kepong
I have yet to get our photos from the studio. Cant wait to see all the photos taken!
Eyes couldn’t open properly, cause I got up at 6am, and I slept quite late the previous night. My MUA (Make Up Artist) on the day was Emma from Precious Bridal House, a corner shop in SS2 area.
After accumulating two times of getting make up experiences, I realised that it is important for me to know what is the hairstyle I want. For example,
Showing off bare forehead
Putting on the veil
I actually like every single photos taken here. Cause it’s a forest, full of greens!
We planned to spent our full day here, cause we are having photoshoot for 3 different looks , but actually I felt so tired in the afternoon (around 2pm) already.
My prince. The photoshoot day is the only day in the whole 8 years I know him, that he smile is so sweet, and smiling to me. Later on when I asked him, why can’t you smile like this to me everyday? It doesn’t cost you a penny. He said he was forced to smile cause the photographer asked him to =.=
But don’t you know that I love that you smile like a sweet girl to me, and kiss me, and hug me and flirt with me like what you do to me on the photography day meh?
How to Pose?
You can see from the photos. He seldom smile to be frank. And the photographer kept on asking him to smile. Our photographer of the , Ah Wood. He used 2 cameras to take photos .
The way he guided us to pose is quite…千遍一律， proffessional, coaxing us, affirmative but lack of 感情。 I also learnt that in order for a women to take a nice photo , one have to showing the S curve line.
For example, you can’t stand totally straight. You need to act pain to get some nice photos like stomach pain, waist pain, then twisting your neck, and when kissing, the photography need to find the best angle. So we both also twist our neck. Like turning 180 degree every SINGLE TIME. At the end of the day, our were having neck-sore.
The pre-wedding photoshoot was a whole different experience. As Compare to the usual taking photo and taking pre-wedding photos with the guidance of professional photographer. I wish that I could have watched the video below earlier, on how to pose. Learnt it! It will be useful for you, eventually!
Initially, we want to have beach theme for our prewedding photoshoot. But we need to pay for the photoshoot on Sepang Beach, and it’s not as pretty as the one in Cherating, a place in East Coast with many spectacular beaches! (We both come from East Coast of Malaysia). So, in the end, we opt for a nature green in Forest will do.
Putrajaya has man-made beach, it looks so unnatural. Ended up we chose to have our outdoor photoshoot only in a place, in FRIM Kepong. The good thing about having only 1 place for outdoor shoots is that we didn’t need rush between many places stretching between Selangor or even to Port Dickson area.
Actually I am not trying to bring out the vintage feel here. I just want the photo to be a warm tone. See, so beautiful. Suit nicely with the forest theme.
This one we took by ourselves one ! I brought my tripod there, and using distance remote to press the shutter button. A lot hustle, but it’s a must!
Emma, the MUA helped me to touch up on and off to make sure I look flawless. And yup, photographer also helped to dress up my hubby, cause the wife was busy carry the long , layered, heavy multipled hem of each dress .
Looking attractive huh? The watch ambassador, Mr Tan Wei Sheng.
second look at the second spot.
Moving to picnic side.
and not only I like to interact with the nature environment there , later I found out WS also took selfie of him with the little stream in the FRIM
You can tell that I was total feeling at ease. Surround by greens, feeling chill even it was in the afternoon. So I got the idea to take photo of breezy wind, but my dress was too heavy, couldn’t really stick my head out of the window, to show the movement of breezy wind , of a girl sitting in a moving car,moving about in FRIM Kepong.
Then , came to our third also the final look. I chose the different coloured one, for the sake of having variety in our pre-wedding photo collection. Hopefully it looks nice in the wedding photos.
Our Outdoor Crew
End this post with the team of the day.
Outdoor MUA: Emma
Outdoor photographer: Ah Wood.
Our Indoor Crew
and then indoor photoshoot team for the first round photoshoot (Indoor). Not that I dont want to show her. Her skills are extraordinary. Would highly recommend you to find Grace, she with her magical fingers, manage to create certain extent of delight on your hairstyling, and make up. Remember the korean hair style on my hubby in this post? It was coming from her masterpiece.
Indoor MUA: Ah Green
Indoor Photographer : Ceasars
Updated here some other links from my friend which I found is quite useful too!
Alternatively, if you are looking for Wedding bouquet, corsage, buttonhole, wedding banquet decoration based in Ipoh, you can also view Blush Wedding and Bouquet, all I could say is I can see their arrangement of flowers is really delighted, beautiful and full of effort!
We incurred some unexpected expenses that cost us around Rm 500. Hence I wish to share my experience as a ONE-TIME USER so that you will at least have some ideas on what to do to prep for your photo shooting day. And who knows you might have your way to minimise the unexpected expenses in your own creative way/through negotiation in advanced or buy some other sources.
The information provided here servse as a personal reference value. It is based on what I’ve observed along the way. I learnt all this from my one-time experience and it could be vary because difference MUA (Make Up Artist) might say different thing.
Still, the reason I am sharing this information because
My man who is very caring, knows very little about Bride’s grooming preparation.
I could hardly google very detail , petty, things based on Malaysian context.
It’s really up to you whether to put on contact lens or not. Some MUA will recommends. Other would not. I guess in the end it really boils down to what is the outcome you expected.
Be pretty but doesn’t look like you?
Be pretty and still look like you?
Compensate the value contact lens give to you by using the right angle?
For me, I am still thinking whether I should have put on contact lens on other photoshooting day.
I am not sure if you can buy by yourself. I rely on MUA despite that I can buy myself. Cause I do not know which type of eyelashes that she will use. It costs me Rm 40.
Trim your eyebrows or leave it to the MUA. My MUA still trimmed for both of us, cause I trimmed it into an arched shape, and she makes it to Korean Straight shape, cause it looks less fierce.
-dye your hair so your hairstyle give a better texture look, that you will hair will be noticable.
-wash your hair one day before. After that, do not apply any toner on your hair anymore.
The sales lady who serves said that I should go for manicure. I didn’t. Then on the shooting day, I realise how a pair of hands occupied so much of the photos. So, I will do manicure on the actual day lo.
As usual. Shave it. One day before.
I want to buy the one use by bridal house. I not sure if it is Silicon bra or any other bra. I bought a few from Shopee. In the end, I still use the one from given by bridal house.
Wallet damage: Rm 120
-a pair of white high heels is a must
-you could also prepare a pair of sneakers with high platform to ease your movement if your dress is too long it covers your shoes. High platform is to match with the height of your hubby.
I have pale yellow teeth. Go for whitening only lo.
Facial treatment : ampoule
Talking about ampoule, it’s the little issue that I felt cheated the most.
Knowing that the ampoule could cost us a lot. I opt to source for ampoule outside. I thought all the ampoules are the same. However, on the shooting day, my MUA disapproved. Because it is oily, and it is a little foamy upon rubbing, which isn’t suitable to apply on bridal make up, as the process of applying make up foundation involves a lot of dabbing. Then I felt cheated at the moment. I was like
Haiyah, you are like to say different thing one or. The one in the shop where I bought the ampoule said it’s suitable for bridal make up.
Then my MUA disapproves it.
The reason I bought ampoule initially was to minimise the expenses, I spent RM 140 to buy the DECLARE ampoule.
Now, perhaps I can use it for daily use only, which doesn’t make much sense, I have enough skincare for my skincare needs. Seriously, a bottle of averagely Rm 20 of 2.5ml ampoule is too much for me la. Let bygones be bygones. That’s why I seriously feel the need to share this piece of little information which I think is very elaborated, yet crucial lo!
Rose Collagen Essence – Formulated in France
In the end, I used the Rose Collagen provided by the bridal house again. My hubby and I used 2 bottles of 2ml of them each. Which is Rm 40 per bottle.
Then the MUA recommended us to take the combo value set at Rm 323 consisting of
-8 bottles of 2ml ampoule
Seriously, at this point, I do not know whether it is worthy or not ady. But for the sake of beauty. BUY.
To sum it up, I do enjoy the process of photoshooting, that transform both of us into a very beautiful human being, in a temporary man-made way. Our wallet bleeds a lot. So I guess it’s up to the point is it really worthy for you for not.
As for me. I love photography, I love bright , fancy things. Wedding photoshoot is a thing that I would never skip.
So, all the best to many many wedding birds who are going through this process. Enjoy it cause it’s a once in a lifetime experiences. Do a lot of research, knows what you want, because the photography is going through the same procedure, and all the pose will be more or less the same. (Seriously, what other pose you can make?)
If you are do not have idea on what to pose, then don’t feel like want to move cause your dress is heavier than usual or you will just smile cause you looks pretty when you smile and in the end all the photos are the same pose. )
So, in my case, I do rely on photographer on teaching us how to pose. Then perhaps one in 50 photos, I assertively slot in my ideas inside, which , now when I reflect back, is all the post of hugging, kissing, and holding hand.
Well, in the end it might still looks the same for all the couple. But I guess what all the entire process brings to you. For example, I was quite nervous in the beginning my smile is very rigid. Then WS keeps on rubbing my hands that I feel so much calm down.
I found a new reason to love my lao gong. He is very good in his bargaining skill! Initially, our package includes only 48 photos (which will be printed in album and softcopies of them). As you know, I would like to take and keep as many beautiful photos as a momento as possible.
So we decide that we should get all the softcopies. With the package available, we manage to get a better deal compare with 50% off on the Black Friday Sales too! Initially, my idea is to stick to the old package , which is only 48 pieces soft copy photos, means we will settle for the less, since we didn’t allocate must budget to photo shooting too. My hubby knows that I actually prefer to keep as many soft copies as possible.
So, I am a bit delighted and thankful when he makes his best effort to seal the best deal for the sake of soft copies and additional quality (one more day in shooting, meaning instead of one day or 10 hours in shooting, we have 2 days or 20 hours in shooting! Double the time means more pretty photos too! I bet it will, coz I love taking photos and being taken too.)
We were considered lucky, as I didn’t forget the part of Soft Copy while signing up for the package in March 2018. We made a deal that if we take the soft copy, along with extra one more day shoot, it would be additional Rm 1812 instead of surcharge Rm 1250 for the all softcopy 50% Black Friday Sales. (Meaning the 1 more day photoshoot is Rm 562)
Now, coming to this point, I not sure if you think my hubby is good in bargaining skill, but I still think that he is full of charm while working out the strategies to make the most worthy deal.
Our sales attendant, an experienced mid-aged lady, Wendy is also good in negotiation skill. She won’t reduce the price for us, but as a compensation, she offered us other things/add-on that we want too.
It’s funny to see both of them negotiate. LOL, I know I should side to my hubby side, which I did. I morally supported him as I am not as good as him when it comes to bargaining skill, LOL.
Again, my hubby is full of charm when he bargained. He gives me the feeling that he would be a very successful businessmen/sales man in the future. He knows which is the priority, thinking from marco and micro point of view in terms of bargaining.
So in the end, we manage to get
Rm 88 off from our upgraded package.
One more lace dress (choosing Lace dress would incur additional Rm 150 due to the lace laundry fee.)
One more Bride’s full set attire on the actual day.
Tips on how to get more nice photos
Be punctual – if you late for the make up, all the following agenda would be delayed too.
Admit it, some time the look if not nice, because we don’t see variety in the pose. So must learn how to pose for photos, so that you will be looking natural, not pretentious, and the outcome turns out better.
Now, reflecting back to the situation that time, it might not be as super great deal as what I’ve 2. imagined. (The one more day shooting is Rm 562, sounds expensive, but I would not give in quality to anything, one more day shooting, as compared to additional 2 or 3 hours, squeezed at the end of the day is better, as I can post more, and more time to slowly dress up and make up. I would prefer not to rush when it comes to my favourite thing LOL. )
Having to said this, what is my next step now?
Get a toned body, so that I will look nice in the photo
I even follow these workout routine to get a lean and toned, attractive body figure.
#1 The struggle of having the Chinese Wedding Banquet
4th Dec 2018
It took me the whole night to think about whether to have a Chinese Wedding banquet or not. Throughout the thinking , and re-thinking process, I did find a lot of people, and having discussion with my mom and my hubby to.
My main concern of having a Chinese Wedding Banquet is whether does it really worth my hard earn money. Right now, on the way of prepping for the actual day, Only then I realise and experience the struggle, the financial struggle.
I guess that’s the main reason some young couples nowadays decided not to have an elaborated wedding feast, and wedding reception. I guess only through experiencing it, you get to know what is the struggle of going through the progress.
As a working adult, trying to achieve whatever I plan. I learn along the way, I need to be responsible for whatever decision I’ve made. Despite I can work hard to cover the wedding budget/expenses, the key point is whether does it really worth my hard earned money. I earn so hard to realising my dream, then a wedding banquet, reception that can make us spent money like water.
Thinking from my friend point of view, I also think that is it that people whom I care really want to make it to my banquet? I mean, I have this feeling that sometime I just don’t want to receive red bomb from people who I am not really close with, haha.
And I also need to take care of the feeling of my parents, parents-in-law, then I also realise we really need to make a lot of decision, priortise and sacrifice some matter.
My another dilemma is some of my friends/relative also keep on asking me, when I will pass my red bomb to them….hmmmm. Actually, I have the gush to post in FB, asking who really want to receive my red bomb.
Also, since I am now in the progress of preparing, I am so sensitive to everything about wedding.For example, I went to pump car fuel and saw a wed mag, I will take a second look at it, and decided whether to buy it or not. But I decided it just didn’t worth my time to read the magazine. The more you read, the more I feel lost, hence….at this particular point of time, I’ve learnt how to priorities matter and be responsible of the decision I made.
8th December 2018
I thank myself for having a diary like this to document the every little milestone that we achieve together. I got the idea of getting this name plate so that I can use it for our photoshoots and to be put in our new home too! Can’t wait to see the outcome!
It was a rather impromptu decision. Saw the watch was on sale, it was so worthy so we bought it. I always want to play matchy with my hubby. Everything comes in a pair. A pair of sneakers, jackets, and even watches!
I even created a hashtag for to commemorate the moment of both of us #wsXmaple
Don’t get me wrong. I am still (at the core) think at every newly wed should have created something as a memento for such a huge day.
After watching the photos taken during the ROM, I realized that I could actually trade the hefty amount for the wedding photo shoot package for something more worthy.
Many have asked me “How was your Marriage Life? ” In my mind, actually nothing much changes, or maybe (As a Chinese) I have to wait until Chinese New Year to experience what it’s to be a new member of Tan’s (my hubby) family.
So far, other than receiving the pleasure of people calling me “Mrs Tan” or Madam Kok, the biggest change is the way of I managing my financial account’s/cash flow, etc.
(Wonder why it links with photoshoot? Read On)
After our ROM, we shift our focus to managing our new house:
Planning budget for renovation & furniture.
Drawing a floor plan on where to locate the light point, fan point, ac point, socket point.
Deciding which furniture to be place in which position in our house
Deciding which furniture to buy
Visiting IKea, Showroom to get ideas that meet our needs.
(As a young working adult,)After seeing the budget , I could only then realise I spent it in the wrong way. The biggest change after marriage life (and having to pay for housing monthly installment), is to make sure everything I spent worth the penny or worth my liking.
The hefty amount that we have signed up could actually be traded into something much more worthy, for instance:
Purchase iMac Pro
Purchase a professional DSLR (camera)
Purchase a 65″ samsung flat smart TV (which I need the most)
Add on 5 tables in a wedding banquet
Secure 2 months of housing installment.
The list could go and go, like seriously so many things can be bought with the amount. I just want to make sure everything I spend is what really necessary.
Now, why do I regret on signing up for a wedding photoshoot?
Don’t get me wrong, it worth my liking, but I could have spent in on something that leave longer lasting effect!
Wedding photoshoot as beautiful as it is, what are you going to do with the photos after it is being printed out and placed delicately in photo album?
Show it to people during the wedding reception for a few nights, and keep it drawer forever.
Post it on social medias like Facebook & Instagram, earn many many likes, then flushed over by many other posts.
Obviously, comparing to purchasing smart TV or camera, these gadgets would allow me to take endless beautiful, high definiton photos with sharp focus, and browsing youtube on a bigger screen
Yet, we need to keep something as a memento for our wedding. Hence, I am not saying that we don’t need to have a wedding photoshoot.
As an avid bride (LOL), you can see part of it by looking at the URL of my blog (preweddingfantasy) and the rest of other posts here in this blog, I have longed for a perfect, immaculate wedding. How could I miss the beautiful part of photoshooting? No way!
After the watching the photos of the ROM, I realised that I long for a perfect wedding to the extent I know the minute details of what I wanted. I would even enjoy going through all these “trouble” (pleasure) by myself.
Photos taken might not be up to professional standard, super sharp focus in object, high contrast , great angle….etc. But, what I really want is decent photos that document our ROM moment, with each of the photo tells the story and exudes the feeling at the moment.
My brother was the photographer for our ROM on that day. Don’t you think he did a good job on that. I am delighted to see those photos! I mean I could actually DIY my own wedding photoshoot!
The only thing I do not know is the trouble to source for a proper and decent wedding dress, and groom’s attire for him, and the make-up and hairstyling on that day. Hmmm, but as I see, it’s not a big deal , and I am willing to go miles to source for the right attire , knowing that i can save on such a hefty amount.
Anyway, I have signed up, and there is no need to mourn at it. (But it’s still important as part of reflection ). And the main reason I penned (keyboarded) this down is to share my experience to all the newly wed or couples who plan to get marry soon. Watch below to a few of my advice
Plan your budget wisely
Plan your budget as details as you can picture it. For instance, where to have photshoot? WIthin selangor, negeri sembilan area or Sepang , Kuala Selangor or Taman Perdana? Or just inside studio? or oversea?
Then how many attire you need?
MOst of them do not include Ampoule that can secure the bride’s make up throughout the day.
Make sure everything is written clearly on the receipt, like 5 lace dress, 3 designer dresses. Depend on the bridal shop, for my case, lace dress would need to top up money cause need to take care during the laundry.
If you like to have props, what is the theme you want? You want to rent the props or DIY?
I’ve heard a story about a man took up loan to have his wife dreamy wedding, and 10 years past, they are still paying for the marriage loan. What’s your opinion on this? No one should ever borrow loan just to celebrate marriage. We can still delay our reception to save up money what.
2. Set a budget for your marriage.
Do not ever go overboard if your budget. Then in this way, even when you visit a wedding fair, even when you got so hype up, even when every booth is basically offering you FREE accessories, FREE ADD-ONs and so on, you won’t be blind with multiple choices available but instead go for what you’re looking for.
3. Do not sign up during your first visit to the wedding fair.
There are mostly 3 or 4 wedding fair in a year. The purpose of the visit is to get the direction/ rough cost of your photoshoot, reception, location and many2 more. Then go home and think carefully, if what you really want exceed your budget, how you are you going to offset it? Postpone, or opt of the cheaper package?
4. Never ever pay lump sum until you are at the end of the servicing point.
It’s a rule of thumb. Nevertheless, I still wish to highlight it here. Just because you like the marketing people/sales lady who pursuit you, promising you whatever you need, but you might not know it is the other people who service you in the studio. You might ended up feeling so unfair because of the service given. (Though every details our package has been clearly stated in our receipt, but still do not ever pay lump sum especially when your will have your photoshoot in 3-6 more months).
In the case if you really not happy with the service given, you can still choose not to pay them in full amount when it really doesn’t justify what it was as mentioned in the packaged signed.
and I think the reason when marketing personnel asking for lump sum , they can get higher commission too.
Having to said this , I still love the sales lady who lured us to sign up , She is too experienced to know what we really want. She is pushy at the core, but she really know how to sweet mouth and attempt to our needs. I do not hate her or what, I would say we are rather impulsive before spending what is needed. What to do, I only got married once in a lifetime, LOL
Haiz…so lesson learnt, never ever got so hyped up even it’s your wedding. Stick strictly onto your budget! In my case, I know I could just DIY for myself. Anyway, you can visit my ROM photoshoot here. and see how I DIY my bridal bouquet here.
9.15am – Reached Thean Hou Temple (It was normal working weekday, so took 1.5h to reach. Jam in notorious Federal Highway, so)
9.15am – 9.30am – Took as much photos as we can, before moving to the registration.
9.45am – WS’s family reached. Waiting for our turn.
10.00am – Entered registration room to have trial signing.
10.05 am – Entered the formal ROM room to the real ROM ceremony with our Registrar inside
So the pair of the couple went to Thean Hou Temple earlier to take photos first. It’s so funny to see that we ourselves dress is a very….heavy..overdress way, and drove ourselves.
FInally, here we reached Thean Hou Temple, the temple with ROM ceremony conducted in Old Klang Road (Somewhere near KL sentral and Kuen Cheng High School)
Can you guess what’s the story behind this pic? The butterfly in our stomachs! Anticipate for it… LOL (Actually not very nervous also lar, busy scouting places to take photo, posing for photos than thinking about ROM)
Credit to the photographer , my younger bro for doing quite a decent job at taking a decent photos. that’s the feel I want! You may find him HERE too.
Like I am taking advertising ads for Thean Hou Temple… I think we walk to fast my bro can’t focus on us.
So off we went to the registration.
and a mandatory photo here. with our family members too!
okay, then was called to enter the registration room
Obviously, I am the daughter of my father here. We were so photo-sensitive!
My dad signed carefully with prudent.
Going to have our ROM started soon!
Thank you to my dad and my father in law having witnessing our ROM. The VIP in my life.
8 years and today is the day we realising our vow …for now and forever. and I have your surname on my name!
Newly wed / Mandatory tourist pose
So here’s how I got the profile pic.
新娘视角 VS 新郎视角
Now you know why I chose Thean Hou Temple. Cause every corner of it is just so photo-worthy.
Photographer: Bride’s brother
Camera: Sony Nex F3
Groom’s vest: Precious wedding
Bride’s dress: Precious wedding
Bride’s headband & earrings : Precious wedding
Treat me like princess every single day, can ar?
Not sure if this happen to you. Even after the ROM , for 2 or 3 weeks, I still can’t believe that we are officially, legally husband and wife….up until this point….I finally slowly digest the fact that it happened. Even when I look at the rings on my fingers , it still feels very surreal. (Have this ever happened to any newly wed there? )
(OKay la, I don’t want to talk too much about my personal things here. )
So to all the people who reading this entry, no matter you are single, attached or married. Never stop pursuing your dream. For me, this holy thing is one of the list in my priority.
It’s okay to be single.
It’s okay to get attached.
It’s okay to get married.
It’s just your matter of choice.
In the end of the day, you will love whatever you do.
2. Not my arm makeup challenge with my boyfriend. I find this is quite interesting. Because it manage to test the level of his tolerance. I mean he quite sayang me at the time when I am down. But this video is fun, and wish to do it!
3. Prewedding photoshoot behind the scene video.
4. Invitation video
The URL link for the invitation video will be digitalise on our invitation card. It is only once in alife time , and a must to document them!