(guest post by jacqueline and bob)
Prior to getting engaged, we weren’t quite interested in photographers and certainly had no idea who Simon was. But when we diligently reviewed a range of styles and photographer portfolios, we eventually realized that we were drawn towards “classic” photos. We wanted to be confident that we would still be in love with them 10, 20, 50 years later even if our tastes and the retouch trends changed by that time. So when we finally came across Simon’s blog, it was such an exciting moment because his clean style was exactly what we were looking for. His portfolio is exceptionally consistent (very important!), and we particularly liked his incline towards large head shots. Simply because we want to be able to look back at the photos one day, when we are both old and wrinkly, and see our young features clearly again.
We truly think the photos speak for themselves – when we received the preview files they were very much beyond our expectation. Simon captured the magical spirit of Cambodia better than we imagined. At this point, we would also like to mention Simon’s professionalism and dedication to his job to deliver the results. When we picked Cambodia for pre-wedding, we innocently had no idea what we were in for. There was the terrible heat, the photo permit scrutiny, the bumpy dirt roads, the steep hike to the waterfalls, the fast water… through it all Simon put his priority on taking those photos first. He did not at any point give up, lose heart, nor complain…despite developing a bad cough. We really felt that he went that extra mile, pushed himself that extra step, when he honestly didn’t have to. We finally realized his product quality is so consistent, not just because of his talent or experience, but because of his hard working character too. It’s exactly why his client’s trust him to a near-blinded point, as we did.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank assistant Pang, your happy demeanor despite standing out in 30 degree heat holding a light reflector still amazes us, and we are so grateful for it. We would also like to thank our talented makeup artist Bart Ko for creating such perfect makeup and hair looks for those large head shots of Simon’s – it’s so crucial to have a good makeup artist for these types of photos!
We later found out it was one of the most physically challenging pre-wedding shoots they had all been on, and we can’t express enough how very guiltily thankful we are for this photo collection. Thank you once again Simon, your photos will be our forever treasure.
(words from simon.the.photo)
Cambodia, a place that I had ZERO knowledge of it before this prewedding trip. And it was one of the most challenging trip that I ‘ever had. The heat, the humidity, the bumpy road, ‘re out of our expectation. Having said that, thanks Jacqueline and Bob for your hospitality and care and made this trip very memorable.
» Continue reading (guest post) jacqueline.bob at Cambodia
(guest post from sandy and ben)
We have finally appear on simon blog!! Yeah~~(yell like crazy) i guess we have been scanning this blog for more than 100 times since we have engaged last year, and we know you will understand how we feel when going thru this blog, the pictures are stunning, impressive and spectacular!!Right??
The photo shooting was done in two different days, the first day was taken at our Yuen Long club house’s greenland and we were delighted to see how Simon uses his “helicopter”, it was flying very high with great stability !! After we spend half days at our the greenland, we headed to Tai Tam and Stanley that afternoon and took a few shots。 Fortunately, the weather was not too hot and we have some shots taken where we were buying ice cream from the ice cream vehicle. (Which we think its quite funny)
The second day was taken at Simon’s studio, its our honor to have our pre-wedding pictures taken at his studio. We have so much fun there, and taken many crazy good looking pictures we couldn’t even imagine. (I guess this is the first time where he try out to shoot like that)
After all, we have to Thank Simon and his Crew for spending 2 full hard working days with us and It was just phenomenal in capturing one of our greatest moments in our life which we will never forget!!!
(message from simon)
it ‘s fun taking photo for sandy and ben. I always have some new photo ideas in my mind that I love to try, however, because of the limit of time, it is difficult to try sometimes. Luckily sandy and ben had booked me for a two-days pre-wedding session so that we had more time to try new ideas during the shooting, especially on the 2nd day.
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(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
» Continue reading (guest post) kristy.travis
(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
» Continue reading (guest post) vienna.michael
(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
» Continue reading 「神已預備」……connie.jeffrey
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 !!
» Continue reading debbie.newton
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