A Bulgarian/Punjabi wedding dinner at the Perhentian Island Resort

The jetty at the Perhentian Island Resort

Originally posted 2015-03-23 15:38:42.

Recently I travelled up to Perhentian island off the east coast of Malaysia to cover a Bulgarian/Punjabi wedding. It was a pretty intense  5-6 hour trip as I ran from one wedding in KL to the airport for my flight, land travel then boat to get to the venue which was the Perhentian Island Resort. Within minutes of arrival I was able to set up my gear and get shooting the walk in for the sumptuous barbecue wedding dinner. There were a number of interesting Bulgarian traditions including the wedding bread dance, which features a loaf made by the mothers bride which is later fed to both the bride and groom. They also break the loaf over their heads which you will also see below.

It was very dark, yet one of the things you will notice is that the photos are not. One of the things I do is bring remote controlled lighting to all shoots as it makes a massive difference. One of the photographers jobs is to evaluate, modify and control the lighting of the images. There was almost no available light during the dinner, yet in the background of some of these photos you will be able to see my remote radio controlled strobes triggering away. With more wedding venues using the “new” green and purple LED lights to add to the mood I think more photographers will eventually gravitate to this system. Believe me, no one wants to look like Barnie the dinosaur. Using this system protects you.

Portraits the following day were on a private beach. Only including a small sampling but it was a very nice shoot.

Regarding cameras, I am becoming more and more impressed with Fujifilms X-T1 camera system. I have never owned a camera that captures what I see as well as this camera does, and in doing so I now spend a lot less time editing than I do with my Nikons and Canons.

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In Bulgarian weddings the brides mother traditionally makes a special loaf of bread

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Two of the ladies dance with the special wedding bread

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Please take note of the remote controlled strobes in the background. I am one of the few wedding photographers who use these in Malaysia.

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Time to share a bite. Mum feeds the bride and groom

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The beautiful wedding cake

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Breaking the bread by the bride and groom is another Bulgarian tradition

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Sumptuous wedding barbecue

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Party on

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Traditional Bulgarian dancing

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Everyone enjoyed the Bhangra

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The dancing went on all night

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Time to cut the wedding cake

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The beautiful bride

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Portraits on the beach

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After the portraits were done there was one sure fire way to cool off!

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Cooling off with watermelon on a hot day at the Perhentian Island Resort

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Later in the evening I took this 30 second exposure of the Perhentian Island Resort

The jetty at the Perhentian Island Resort

The jetty at the Perhentian Island Resort

An Intimate Pastel Themed Wedding at the Four Seasons Langkawi

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Originally posted 2015-03-07 14:11:21.

Steve and Natalia are from the UK and Russia respectively, and decided to have a beautiful intimate pastel themed wedding at one of my favourite resorts, the Four Seasons in Langkawi. Only two of the family could make it out to Malaysia and it was a wonderful experience despite it being one of the hottest days I can remember while shooting at this location. Steve enjoyed it so much he had a quick swim during the portrait session! The civil ceremony itself is usually fairly fast (5 minutes) so I was running everywhere to get the images needed as there are many angles to cover. At the end of the wedding the setting sun made a great back drop for the final portraits.

Sitting in the Langkawi airport later that evening as I waited for my flight I whatsapped images to Steve and Natalia so they could forward to their family. Their feedback made my heart swell.

“Thank you SO MUCH You are superb! Grant we can’t put into words how pleased we are. You are a pleasure to work with Safe journey home.”

Let’s have a look at the photos!

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Underwater “Mermaid” Pool Portrait Photography

underwater pool portrait photography

Originally posted 2015-02-06 16:14:11.

I have started doing underwater photography in pools recently. It has been a long time coming as I have wanted to do it for years. Here is my first attempt and I would have to say both my model and I really enjoyed the session.  It’s now her Facebook banner and profile photo so I know she was more than happy. If you are interested in having a series of underwater photos taken let me know and we can proceed to plan a session together. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

BTW: I can also do this for your beach resort wedding and/or honeymoon.

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Persian Wedding at the Four Seasons Langkawi

four seasons langkawi wedding portrait

Originally posted 2014-11-22 09:44:35.

We covered a wonderful Persian Wedding at the Four Seasons Langkawi complete with honey and sugar cone ceremonies. It was very intimate and tasteful. Just how I love weddings to be. I have included over 100 photos from this wedding for your pleasure. Cameras used at this wedding were the Canon 5Dmk3, Fuji X-T1 and XM1, and the Nikon 610. We like being equal opportunity photographers 🙂

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