(guest post from kristy and travis)
Simon the Perfectionist
Having followed Simon’s blog for almost 3 years and with several recommendations from friends and colleagues, we know clearly about Simon’s style and strength. Still, We are amazed by how far a photographer can go for his profession. Simon’s attention to details and his effort to shoot a bride from the best perspective distinguishes him from others.
Simon’s portraits of brides are stunning. Literally, he is a perfectionist. Every little move of how a bride poses strikes a big difference before him. He is mindful of whether the bride is always in good shape (e.g. even one strand of hair!) and how sunlight mingles with images to unveil the most impressive pictures appealing to viewers.
Simon surprised us with his skills of mastering the use of direct sunlight. On our prewedding day, we became sunlight chasers and followed where bright sunlight went. He swiftly captured our intimate relationship and sweetness in a natural way. We perceive him as a photographer who tends not to rely on post production and polishing.
In addition, Simon led us to take photos with ease. He has high demand of his work and has shown great enthusiasm towards the prewedding shooting. Before long, he gained our trust on how the shooting should go. With his experience in wedding shooting, Simon precisely understands our needs and style we prefer. In particular, our causal wear shooting part could not have been so smooth without his guidance.
Last but not least, Man Chan, our stylist and her team, collaborated perfectly well with Simon and played a significant and active role in the shooting process. Man was responsive to Simon and our requests and from time to time took care of Kristy’s style. No doubt, Simon and Man have great chemistry. Her judgment call on different styles and her decisive character on styling are inspiring and fascinating.
Both Simon and Man are very professional towards the prewedding shooting task. They have by all means tried to cater for our needs while patiently listened to our thoughts and concerns. While prewedding shooting could have been stereotyped, they made best endeavors to suit what we desire.
We take this opportunity to thank Simon, Man and their team again for their great work on our prewedding shooting.
makeup artist: Man Chan
location: simon.the.photo studio, Stanley market
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(guest post from vienna and michael)
An Avid Fan
When a fan meets his/her idol, they are normally awestruck and at a lost for words. This is exactly how we felt when we first met Simon at IFC to decide on our Pre-wedding shoot. Unknown to Simon, we had been following his work the past seven years. We were fascinated by his natural and elegant style, his skilled use of light and his overflowing passion. Thus, it was probably strange to Simon that we were lightning quick to make our decision to have Simon shoot our pre-wedding pictures. We did not consider any other photographer as it was more of an honor for us to be able to be part of his portfolio. In fact, we trusted Simon so much that we did not contact Simon even though the weather forecast for our Pre-wedding was thunderstorms and heavy rain. We envisioned Simon to be a superhero with waterproof powers able to repel water. Fortunately, Simon contacted us and we rescheduled to a sunny day.
Due to our nervousness, we probably had the stiffest poses and smiles of our lives. We are extremely grateful that Simon guided us through every shot and his confidence and passion overflowed to us. His ability to transform something ordinary (like us) to masterpieces was just incredibly brilliant. As the day went by, we loosened up and the beach photos were the most awe inspiring photos we have ever taken. We were glad that all the custom-made dresses got captured, especially the waterproof purple dress. We had loads of fun getting wet and highly appreciate Simon for getting in the water with us. When light was running thin and our day was winding down, Simon still delivered photos that were “Wow! Amazing!” The numerous flashlights, soft boxes, reflectors and the people staring at Stanley made us feel like it was model shoot. It was such a nerve wracking yet thrilling night!
Thank you Simon and team for giving us the opportunity to be captured by your photography. It was a great privilege to have met you and we shall remember this day as a fan’s dream come true. Simon, you are our superhero!
Michael & Vienna
location: Annette, Belair, Shek O – beach, Stanley
1st location: thanks Annette for providing this location for shooting
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(guest post from Connie and Jeffrey)
A day full of love, happiness, and blessings” – we are very thankful to hear what we’ve been praying for from the mouths of our friends and families.
We paid much efforts on the preparation for our day for making our important promise, by inviting our best friends as our groomsmen and bridesmaids, and by carefully selecting the best music, photography, videography, and decoration teams. Focusing on our dear ones is what we wish, instead of any other hassles. We found that the professional standards and the smoothness provided by our teams had contributed much to our joyful wedding.
We are very glad that Simon is available to join our wedding especially after seeing the pre-wedding photos which captured the most beautiful looking way of us. We in fact think Simon is one of our guests – thank you for the lovely day and the joy you brought us!
(message from simon)
connie 跟 jeffrey 就好像韓劇裡的主角，女的靚女，男的高大靚仔再加心地善良！
晚宴上，Jeffrey 更 盡顯他的音樂材華，先為爸爸用結他畔奏一曲 “Perhaps Love”，再跟20 個兄弟姊妹來個大合奏……最後更鋼琴自彈自唱一曲 許志安的 “唯獨你是不可取替”送給 connie.
當我以為已經是全晚的高潮，原來 Jeffrey 更送上一份特別的禮物給 Connie — 是幾百封的情書！
原來 Jeffrey 係中學時已經為佢末來的太太寫情信 (當時佢重末認識 connie) ，之後每一個月 Jeffrey 都會為這位『神為他預備的太太』寫一封信………一直維持到大學畢業！
video: Gabriel Wedding Video
ceremony: Union Church
reception: JW Marriot
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It’s a simple and beautiful wedding – Debbie and Newton. Basically, we spent the whole day inside the hotel Ritz Carlton, without going anywhere outside. I like this kind of arrangement a lot, not because I am lazy, but weddings in Hong Kong are usually very busy and the couples requiring to go to 3-4 locations in a day is not uncommon. It can be even worse if the bridesmaids and friends are required to carry all different kinds of bags (with all the wedding stuff) going to all these locations, I can’t imagine how they can enjoy the wedding ….. …
I didn’t meet Debbie and Newton before the wedding, so it ‘s my first time getting to know them. And it is surprising to me, I found that not only Debbie is a gorgeous bride but also a beautiful mother of a new born baby as well. it ‘s really a memorable day to have her own baby to be part of their wedding !!
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(guest post from vanessa and ricky)
Thank you Simon for capturing and bringing back all the memories of our wedding day through thousands of photos and videos. You are just gorgeous!
The faces of my loved ones on the photos showed me that they were truly happy for me and Ricky. Their happy faces painted in my head they were so precious to us. I am so grateful for having my family and best friends around us and sharing the big day with us. Without their help and support, the wedding would mean nothing. It was neither the dress nor the jewelry which made me shine but the presence and the warm blessing of my family and friends who made me glow that day and they gave color to my wedding.
We chose ‘circle of love’ as our wedding theme because we think a circle carries the meaning of connectedness, wholeness, eternity and unity in many cultures and the unbroken circle was an emblem of eternal love and devotion. After the wedding, I can deeply feel that a wedding is really a time to unite families and friends. It is a day for connection and reunion. In the wedding, we and our family were really emotionally in touch with one another and this emotional connection is priceless.
Thanks Simon and your crew for the gorgeous photos so that we can savor this great moment of love forever. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the vendors
Vicky&Issac@The theme wedding, Bart@Beaute wedding make-up, Tina&Sue@Classic Tina, Sophia@101 Forest, Yen@Miracle flower, Phoenix@Phoenix Sweets and many more, for making our big day beautiful and memorable. All of you completed my dream wedding!
(message from simon)
It’s enjoyable to take photos in vanessa and ricky ‘s wedding. I remember just before the wedding, vanessa sent me a messsage, and told me that she saw me in her dreams a few time, taking photos in her wedding. At that time, I thought that she was too nervous, but I was wrong. She was so relax on her wedding day instead, and enjoy every moments with her love, families and friends.
ceremony and reception: Intercontinental hotel
make up: Bart Ko
wedding planner: the theme wedding
celebrant: Michael Lai of An Oath Wedding
one of my fav of the day. A moment that a father will remember for his whole life
» Continue reading circle of love … … vanessa.ricky
( Guest Post by Kathy and Kenneth)
One question I often heard among friends preparing for wedding is how you choose your wedding photographer among all the practitioners in the market.
We believe that wedding day photo session is much more difficult than pre-wedding session in a sense that it is recording interaction and response. There are many individuals involved. We have no control what is going to happen in the next few minutes despite we have a rundown. Yet, the reactions of friends and families, the emotions, the laughters and perhaps the joyful tears are the most valuable parts of wedding, which we wish to capture and remember for the rest of our lives. We also wish to share our joy with the important ones who for some reasons could not attend our wedding. Therefore, we need a photographer who is able to capture and reflect the affection and emotions in pictures vividly.
We came across Simon’s blog and were astonished by his talents to gracefully capture and reflect the touching moments and strong emotions in every picture he took in different weddings. By going through his pictures, we feel like we had attended various weddings and were able to share the joy with each couple. While we met Simon in person, we could feel Simon’s passion and dedication to his job as a wedding photographer, not only running a money-making business, or bluffing about his skills, techniques or awards that he was accredited. He truly enjoys his job! We knew that Simon has to be our wedding day photographer. This is also how we screen and select every other service providers for our wedding – we need them to be passionate!
During the whole day, we could hardly feel Simon’s presence. We did not know which position he went to or how he took pictures of us. We bet that is how feelings and moments are truly recorded without deliberate manipulation. Kenneth and I are grateful for the dedication and professional standard Simon and his team demonstrated. Thanks to the contribution of every crew participated in our wedding, the day went on so well. Everything just ran smoothly. We trust that it is because we got the right crew for every part of our wedding. I am a fashion fans who love graceful and elegant gowns, heels and jewels. One bonus is that Simon does share the same appreciation of beauty with me! Thanks Simon for appreciating and capturing the true beauty of the designer gowns and heels.
Last but not least, we believe you must have got the answer to the above question already.
(One funny remark: after we officially confirmed Simon’s engagement, I bumped into Simon on the plane when I was on my way back from business trip. We chatted for a while and took a picture together. What a coincidence! Well, is that what we called “緣份”?)
(words from simon)
The very first second I saw Kathy in the morning of her wedding, she was already walking around in the hotel suite and having pictures with her friends. What I saw was a beautiful bride who was absolutely enjoying her wedding day with her families and friends, and I knew that it ‘s going to be a beautiful day !!!! Thanks for your trust on me and giving me the opportunity to be part of your beautiful wedding.
And thanks for SAYING HI to me on the plane, it was a great surprise !!!!
ceremony and reception: Four Seasons Hotel
make up: Rainbow Chan
decoration: Simply Grand
video: Ken of KenWongCreations
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