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How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Here’s a couple with a great idea: Nicole and Ken were planning a trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia, so they decided to shoot their own bridal portraits there! It’s really something for a man to capture the beauty of his future wife through his own lenses; maybe you’ll be able to see what he sees. To those of you who might like to attempt this, here’s a tip: staging bridal portraits can be very time consuming, especially if you’re doing everything yourself, so we wouldn’t recommend a trip to Europe as that would waste time on travelling.

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How To Shoot Your Own Bridal Portraits. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ken: “My fiancée and I were planning a trip to Siem Reap and we thought, why not kill two birds with one stone and shoot our own bridal portraits? She surveyed DIY hairstyle and makeup techniques on the web while I studied wedding photography techniques. We bought a wireless remote trigger and a good quality tripod for better balance on uneven ground.

“We stayed four days in Siem Reap so we purchased two three-day passes that cost us USD40 each. There are dozens of beautiful temples to visit so we made a list of those that we would like to see. We also hired a tuk-tuk driver for two days and another driver with a car for a day so we could visit the temples that were farther out. We planned in advance as much as we could so we wouldn’t waste time scouting locations. Sometimes we wandered away from the tourist spots and were surprised to find even more picturesque sites.

“The weather was extremely hot and humid. Sunscreen is a must but above all, we found it very challenging physically. Nicole wore something light and simple so that she could move around easily. There were many temples where the structures had collapsed and we had to climb over fallen stones to get inside, but it was really worthwhile when we saw the photos.

“In the end, our photos may not be as great as those taken by a professional, but we are really proud of the results. It was a memorable visit and we really enjoyed the process as it drew us closer and made us more tolerant and understanding of each other. It was a very fulfilling trip for both of us!”

KEN & NICOLE {Cambodia}

Location Siem Reap

10 Comments

  • Ong Keng Pin

    Thanks, Cindy Tong. I’m not professional photographer and I don’t have pro-level DSLR like full frame. For us, we studied the photo composition techniques and the posing through the web, then do a trial out shooting at outdoor before the trip (try to choose a venue which has a lot of green and possible with old building structure). Averagely, we took around 15 minutes per shot to set up tripod, try out shooting angles & posing. Well , some shot may take longer if you are to climb up the stones. Its tiring but afterall you would love the experience with your love onel. 😀

  • Ong Keng Pin

    Yes, we lived in Penang so we chose Fort Cornwallis for our trial shooting and yes you can easily find photoshop tips on the web, its not so difficult to learn simple editing. Have a look also siem reap temple photos on the web so you could imagine what kind of angle and posing will suit the scene, in fact, its beautiful anywhere, but some place like Angkor wat is under refurbishment with safety net and also had a huge crowd walking around. Of course there will be a lot people (local and tourist) would look at you during shooting, well, you just have to concentrate and ignore them. For us, we kept talking with each other so we don’t really care whats happening around .. Haha.

  • Cindy Tong

    wow nice… actually thats what im thinking to do also.. like practise at my own country first! did u do a lot of photoshopping tp the pic? what camera u using ah? but 15minutes is really fast! does ppl look at u when they pass by??

  • Cindy Tong

    something i thought of doing too. with your photos i feel it’s really possible….but how long you take to take one photos? are you actually a profession photographer yourself? I am just a beginner, my worry is the wrong composition, limited time and bad posing.

    • Ken

      Thanks, Cindy. Well, I’m not professional photographer and I don’t have pro-level DSLR like full frame. For us, we studied the photo composition techniques and the posing through the web, then do a trial out shooting at outdoor before the trip. Averagely, we took around 15 minutes per shot to set up tripod, try out shooting angles & posing. Well , some shot may take longer if you are to climb up the stones. Its tiring but you would love the experience with your love one afterall. 😀

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