simonthephoto ranked top 4th artistic wedding photojournalist in the 08 Q2 [AG]WPJA Contest

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I am so excited to share the good news with you. The Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalist Association [AG]WPJA just announced their Q2 wedding photo contest last Saturday, when I read their web site, I couldn’t believe that I was ranked as the top 4th artistic wedding photojournalist in this contest !!! And I am the only photographer from Asia in the Top 10 !!!!

 I had 3 photos ranked top 10 in the contest — 2nd and 3rd place in the "get ready" category and 10th place in "sense of place" category. Here are the winning photos

2nd place in the "get ready" category – you can click here to see the judges’ comment. this is from Winnie and Ivan ‘s wedding on March 8 (sorry, I haven’t written up their wedding on the blog yet). I love the lighting of this photo so much — I [……]

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e-session – katherine and andy

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So happy to be the wedding photographer of Katherine and Andy. Since they had decided to have an engagement session, we tried to work out a day in last dec / jan, however, both of us ‘re so busy that we couldn’t find a day until after Chinese New Year, and that ‘s why this shooting was done on the 4th day of Chinese New year.

Hi Kat and Andy, you ‘re my 1st client in the year of rat and look forward to your wedding in Nov !!!

date: 10 Feb, 2007 locations: University of Hong Kong, Shek O and Central Makeup artist: Polly of faces HK

I found that HKU is getting more and more popular for my clients. I had taken photos at this building several times, but I got a new idea this time. Instead of taking photo at the long staircase behind, I was attracted [……]

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e-session of veronica and thomas

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HI Veron and Thomas,

thanks so much inviting me as your wedding photographer, you ‘re such a awesome couple and I had lots of fun with you. And thanks for keeping reading my blog, you ‘re always the the first few to leave comment here (even at 0300 or 0400 after mid night). I am already looking forward to your wedding day in Dec !!!!!

date: mid Jan, 2008 photo location: Sheung Wan, Central, University of Hong Kong, Shek O, Central (night shots) make-up artist: kk Chan

love this pic. I was shooting through two layers of windows, which added a lot of texture into the picture

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at the top of the world
wedding of fiona and raymond

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Fiona ‘s wedding was held at the "pearl on the peak" restaurant at the peak, the location gave you a very causal but warm style. This was my first time to be there and both services and food ‘re very good. The ceremony and reception finished at around 1600 and we still got plenty of time taking photos at the peak.

This was a big surprise, when we had the dinner in Central, Fiona told me that my face is very familiar to her. We found out that we met each other before when both of us worked in IT industry xxx (a secret)  years ago, and we had a lot of common friends in IT !!!!

date: Jan 13, 2008 ceremony and reception: pearl on the peak location shooting: the peak & running around in central wedding gown: Brides collections from Marriage Maestros, and thanks for Evelyn ‘s referral

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wedding of fiona and raymond

wedding of agnes and jim

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Hi agnes and jim,

thanks for your trust on me in your wedding. there is a little story. About 1 month before the wedding, we arranged a pre-meeting to discuss the rundown. However, I forgot to mark it in my personal calendar and made them wait for me in the coffee shop whole night. At that time, I guessed they must be very worry about me … …

On the contrary, they ‘re very nice on their wedding day and showed a lot of trust on me. Big big thanks to you !!!!!

date: 12 jan 2008 ceremony: Eden Marriage Registry, TST reception: Langham Place Hotel

this is the fav of the day. location: the swimming pool at 42/F of the Langham Place Hotel. I decided to go there at around 5:30pm as the weather of the day was very good and we expected that there would be very good [……]

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wedding of zoe and mawgan
at St. John’s Cathedral

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the wedding of Zoe and Mawgan was on 14 Nov 07 at the St. John’s Cathedral which is a very beautiful church, with lots of details. The last time I shot a wedding here was back in Sept 2005.

The shooting this time was very challenging — as the wedding started after 4:30pm, the church was very dark inside as expected for a winter wedding. What made it more difficult, it was not allowed to use any flash inside !!!!! So I had to used a high ISO (800 or 1,000  — I seldom used such a high ISO) and had to make sure hand holding steadily for every shots.

date: 14 nov, 2007ceremony: St. John’s cathedralreception: Peak LookOut

the beautiful Zoe

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at St. John’s Cathedral

wedding of gwen and ian

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On 21 Oct, I had the pleasure of photographing Gwen and Ian ‘s wedding at the Bethanie Chapel. Watching two people very much in love made the day very beautiful. This is my first time to shoot a wedding at Bethanie, it is a very nice location for wedding.

Ceremony: Bethanie ChapelReception: Aberdeen Marina Club (AMC)

My fav of the day. I love taking picture of putting on the veil. Not only it looks beautiful, it also marks the change of a lady into a bride

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My friends’ wedding
- sylvia and jimmy

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Hi Sylvia and Jimmy,

Thanks for inviting me as your wedding photographer – from the engagement shooting to the wedding day, you ‘re wonderful, and I feel so blessed to be part of your wedding. Both Xandra and I ‘re so happy to witness your marriage and your happiness.

with love,

Simon

My fav of the day. Sylvia was changing into another dress and I was waiting outside the bridal room. Never see the beauty of this mirror until this time even though I have taken photos in Ritz Carlton several times, . The beautiful bride, the lamp, the mirror, the frame, the reflection, the pattern on the wall — there are so many elements in one picture – but they all worked very well together.

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- sylvia and jimmy