Melissa and Donovan’s Wedding in Sacred Heart Cathedral and the Hyatt Hotel in Kota Kinabalu

Beautiful Kadazan Bride Sacred Heart Church Kota Kinabalu

Beautiful Kadazan Bride Sacred Heart Church Kota Kinabalu

Melissa and Donovan called me from Kota Kinabalu to ask whether I would be interested to fly over to be their wedding photographer for their big day in Sabah. Melissa is Kadazan which is an instant draw card for me. I have been the wedding photographer for a number of Sabahan’s in Kuala Lumpur and I have always enjoyed the traditional Sumazau dance which seems to get everyone up onto the dance floor regardless of race or religion. The church service was in Sacred Heart Cathedral. Melissa’s sister sang beautifully in the church and later the following day at the wedding banquet which was held in the Hyatt hotel. The interesting drink in the bamboo cups is the local rice spirit, akin to Japanese Sake I believe.

Points of interest for wedding photographers reading this are that for this wedding I used FujiFilm’s new X-Pro1 camera which was on loan to me, and for the super wide photos I used Sigma’s new 12-24mm.  Both performed admirably. The other thing I hope you notice is how far back we stand from the action. Whilst wedding photographers cannot be invisible (which would be ideal!) we do try to be as unobtrusive as possible. A good longer lens like a 70-200  zoom really helps to achieve this.

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Fan Jean and Lee’s Wedding at Home and Reception at the Shangrila Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu

Fan Jean and Lee's Wedding at the Shangrila Tanjung Aru
Fan Jean and Lee's Wedding at the Shangrila Tanjung Aru
Fan Jean and Lee’s Wedding at the Shangrila Tanjung Aru

Kota Kinabalu, beautiful  location, lovely people. I first met FanJean when I was the wedding photographer at City Harvest Church (CHC) in Subang Jaya several years ago, and when she contacted me to be her wedding photographer back in her home town of Kota Kinabalu I leapt at the chance. Her family were very welcoming and showed me where to get the freshest seafood in KK the night before the wedding.

Next day I headed to Jean’s house whilst Selvam, one of several professional photographers I work with, headed over to Lee’s house. The plan was to meet up at Jean’s for the bargaining and then out into the garden for the wedding ceremony. Garden weddings work well in Malaysia but can sometimes be tricky to photograph as our sun is a bit merciless. For the keen photographers out there who are faced with the challenges outdoor shoots hold, make sure you shoot in RAW as the contrast range is well beyond the capabilities of jpeg processing in current cameras.

From the photos you will see there was very much an England theme, and I think you will agree the boys look striking in their Union Jack aprons! After a fairly fun bargaining session, where we learned all about chickens and eggs, it was on into the garden for a small and intimate Christian wedding ceremony performed by their pastor. A quick change and then the tea ceremony followed.

During the early evening we headed down to the beach and were lucky enough to catch the last rays of sunset for some portraits and then on into the Shangrila Tanjung Aru for the wedding dinner. I have included a photo of how Jean and Lee helped their guests find their tables. I hope you get some ideas from it. The end of the evening featured the Sumazou a traditional dance in East Malaysia which I happen to like quite a bit.

All in all a great wedding in East Malaysia.
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Special thanks to my colleague, photographer Selvam Shanmugam for accompanying me on this trip.  work review

Fuji X-Pro1 at a Passion Road Wedding

Bride and Grooms portrait: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO3200. It was twilight!

Too early to comment too much on the Fuji X-Pro1 for now but I brought one along with the 35mm lens to a wedding at Passion Road in Ampang to use along side our pro-cameras. I will let the images speak for themselves, but I think I like it.

Bride's sister photographed with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO1250

Bride’s sister photographed with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO1250

Bride's shoes photographed with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO640

Bride’s shoes photographed with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO640

Champagne bottle photographed with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/40sec, F2.8, ISO3200

Champagne bottle photographed with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/40sec, F2.8, ISO3200

Testing the out of focus effect with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F2.8, ISO3200

Testing the out of focus effect with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F2.8, ISO3200

Testing the shallow depth of field with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F2.2, ISO1250

Testing the shallow depth of field with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F2.2, ISO1250

Testing the speed of focus on the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F2.2, ISO640

Testing the speed of focus on the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F2.2, ISO640

Bride getting ready. Shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F2.2, ISO3200

Bride getting ready. Shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F2.2, ISO3200

Getting arty. Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/220sec, F2.2, ISO400

Getting arty. Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/220sec, F2.2, ISO400

Dapper groom. Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/60sec, F1.4, ISO400. Nice bokeh.

Dapper groom. Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/60sec, F1.4, ISO400. Nice bokeh.

Wedding Lamborghini detail shots: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/120sec, F1.4, ISO400.

Wedding Lamborghini detail shots: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/120sec, F1.4, ISO400.

Table detail shot: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/150sec, F1.4, ISO400.

Table detail shot: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/150sec, F1.4, ISO400.

Wedding cake: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO400.

Wedding cake: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO400.

Flower girl: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO800.

Flower girl: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO800.

Bride and Grooms portrait: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO3200. It was twilight!

Bride and Grooms portrait: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO3200. It was twilight!

Dinner candid: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO1600.

Dinner candid: Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO1600.

Naoko’s Wedding at the Hilton in Central, Kuala Lumpur.

Naoko is from Japan and works at the PJ Hilton as the wedding and events manager. Her wedding was held at the  Hilton in Central, Kuala Lumpur. I was delighted when she called me regarding being her actual day wedding photographer. There were lots of friends from the hotel industry present and as you can see it was a fun wedding day. The day started with a traditional Chinese Bridal bargaining, and then moved on to a traditional Tea Ceremony and then a mighty fine dinner. Naoko’s father, sister, and nephews and neice all flew out from Japan to enjoy the experience.

John and Deborah’s Wedding at Assumption Church & the Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur

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Wedding at Assumption Church Petaling Jaya
First dance together. The Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

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