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sakura city: Brad (ladyironchef) and Melody

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To view more pictures from ladyironchef’s pre-wedding photoshoot, head over here!

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First off, our sincerest congratulations to Brad (aka ladyironchef) and Melody on tying the knot!

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I had the honor of shooting Brad and Melody’s recent overseas pre-wedding shoot in Tokyo and I’m so excited to share the photos with all of you! If you are interested on receiving updates on Brad and Melody’s actual day festivities happening right now (literally), check out my instagram – will try to update when I can!

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Going to Tokyo was a dream come true for Brad and Melody as they are huge fans of Japan and had always wanted to capture their photos amidst sakura season. It was my first time shooting during sakura season and having the opportunity to be amidst such beautiful nature was truly a breathtaking experience! Besides Brad, Melody and I, Weixiang from linstudios (videographer) and Adeline (makeup artist) were also part of the crew.

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The photoshoot was covered over two days and our first stop was Shibuya Crossing. Shibuya Crossing is an intersection located just in front of the Shibuya station, and also where Hachikō’s statue is located. To say that Shibuya Crossing is a busy and lively street is a complete understatement because at it’s peak, it’s an exuberant and crazy intersection where throngs and throngs of people are crossing the road at the same time and in all directions. There’s even a live feed of Shibuya Crossing on youtube!

shibuya crossing wedding photosShooting at Shibuya Crossing was not straightforward because so many variables were at play. The crowd is unpredictable and you never quite know how the eventual photo will turn out, and it’s pretty much trial and error till you get the ah-ha picture. Also, we had to constantly balance between having enough time between traffic lights to get a good long exposure shot and not being run over by fast moving cars 🙂

Brad and Melody ended up having to rush to the middle of the pedestrian crossing as soon as the traffic lights turned amber and cars had slowed down, do their pose which was already pre-determined, avoid getting distracted by stares and sniggering, hold their pose literally as still as a statue for 15 – 20 seconds, followed by running all the way back before getting run over. And all these while trying to keep warm! Of course, on hindsight, all that effort was definitely worth it.

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For those who are would like to capture a similar shot, here’s some advice:

  1. Use a tripod as it’s a long-shutter shot, in order to achieve the blurred effect of the crowd.
    If your shoot involves a traffic junction, have a ready plan on what the subject should do – there’s hardly enough time!
  2. The subjects need to be extremely still or they would blur out with the crowd
  3. Calibrate your shutter speed based on the speed people are walking at, i.e. slower shutter speed for a slower walking crowd and longer shutter speed for a faster walking crowd. I used F8; ISO400; 1/20

The pictures with the canoe was another feat and the biggest challenge was actually…rowing the boat, haha! The pictures make it look effortless but it certainly was not!

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In order to avoid the crowd, we were up in the wee hours of the morning and were the first in line to rent the canoe. In some sense, our efforts were futile because by the time we got the hang of how to manoeuvre the boat, there were already lots of boats in the water. We rented two boats with Brad and Melody in one boat, and Weixiang and I in the other boat. Thankfully, Weixiang was pretty good at rowing so it was pretty smooth going for us 🙂

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Midway, Weixiang had to jump over to Brad and Melody’s boat in order to capture close-ups and let’s just say…thank god nothing happened. Another lady and her dog was in another boat and at some point, half her body was in the water – we all felt so sorry for her because the water was so cold!

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And for those wondering about how risky it is as the outfits could get dirty, the canoe was actually really clean and dry (Japanese standard of cleanliness, of course!) and the water was still so there weren’t too much concerns there.

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During this sakura season, there were lots of horrific videos online of tourists frantically shaking the trees to create the “falling cherry blossom” effect and although we did achieve such an effect in the shot below, all we did was to wait for a strong gust of wind 🙂 hence, you can be rest assured that there was no shaking of trees involved!

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We concluded the shoot with these alleyway and city shots that were located near the Airbnb we were staying in, with the main intention of wanting to capture Tokyo city life.

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It was such an enjoyable photoshoot with great company and challenges! Do share with me what you think of the pictures by commenting on this post! 🙂

till next time!
bobby

photographer: Bobby Kiran Yeo
videographer: Weixiang from linstudios
hair and makeup: Adeline.L
gowns: La Belle Couture

10 days, 5 countries: Jacky x Jasmine

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I don’t think many people can say that they’ve been to FIVE COUNTRIES IN TEN DAYS. I did, and it was a blast!

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I remember literally falling into my bed every single night, so consumed by exhaustion and falling asleep within seconds. But the thrill of travelling and photographing in a foreign but refreshing environment everyday was truly an experience.

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When Jacky and Jasmine first approached me, their concept was simple but bold – they wanted to travel to as many countries as possible, capturing their travel adventures along the way. Jacky & Jasmine were completely open to suggestions and practically gave me free reign to make suggestions. What better way to embrace this god-sent opportunity but to…challenge myself and suggest all locations that I’ve never been!

And so, it was decided… Singapore – London – Santorini – Budapest – Paris – Amsterdam – Singapore…five countries in ten days, phew! And…I’ve never travelled to any of those locations before 🙂

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Prior to the trip, I calmed my nerves by basically…doing an intense amount of research. The bulk of my research was online, google searching on the best places to shoot in each of these locations by choosing a combination of iconic destinations and unique cities. Talking to fellow photographers and friends who had been to those countries was also a great help. But most importantly, I had an itinerary planned down to the detail.

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Travelling with Jacky and Jasmine was great fun. One of the craziest stories that I still tell to this day was that because it was difficult to secure a makeup artist at each location, prior to the trip, Jacky seeked his mom’s help on makeup so that he could be Jasmine’s makeup artist – how crazy is that!

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I also fondly remember the time we went up to montmatre in the wee hours of the morning and were pleasantly surprised to see a few groups of people who had been drinking and partying through the night. I’m sure they were as equally pleasantly surprised to see us crazy tourists because they welcomed us with open arms and even participated in the shoot:

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If you’re a photographer about to make a similar crazy trip like mine for the first time, here’s some advice I would give 🙂

  1. Do not be too ambitious as each city is relatively huge and it may take time to travel between locations. It is important to plan your route and know how much travelling time you’ll need. Have a list of “must visit” locations and another list of “good-to-visit” locations that you can skip if you run out of time.
  2. Plan your itinerary down to the detail including how to get there from your hotel, the transport required to make the trip, and how to travel between locations. Make sure you cater for extra time for touch ups, attire changes and you never know when you might stumble into a picture-perfect awesome street!
  3. Be opportunistic! An awesome part about going to a foreign place is that you see the place in a new perspective. Even if it’s the Eiffel tower that has been photographed millions of times in millions of ways, find your style!
  4. Be safe and guard your items at all times, especially your camera and memory cards. In Budapest, we started photographing in the wee hours of the early morning and although the location seemed safe and relatively quiet, my tripod was stolen within minutes of me turning my back :/ I can only thank God it wasn’t my camera.
  5. Travel light – Different airlines have vastly different baggage requirements. As we travelled budget for one of the routes, my bags ended up being overweight when they were within the weight limit for all the other flights despite travelling very light with the following equipment: Canon 5D Mark 3, Canon 16-35 F2.8, Canon 50mm F1.4, Canon 70-200mm F2.8

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till next time!
bobby

we’ve launched!

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After months and months and months of getting ready, we’re so glad to be where we are today and we’re even more grateful for each and every one of you that’s reading our very first post. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts :’)

Yes, we’ve finally launched and we’re so excited to soon share all the awesome-ness we’ve been painstakingly preparing. It’s gonna be exciting, we promise!

But, before we get into all of that, here’s introducing you to Bobby Kiran Co., an incredible company both housing Bobby Kiran Photography (brainchild of Bobby Yeo) and a new addition that we’re so excited to share – CLOUD NINE.

Under CLOUD NINE, we have launched a beautiful range of products and there’s so much more that we’ve planned out for the coming days and months, which is why it is very important for you to subscribe (see bottom of your page) and receive updates everytime we have something new 😛 Many items are exclusive and you’ll want to act fast!

Other than that, do subscribe to our CLOUD NINE instagram page, check out Bobby’s portfolio (if you aren’t already familiar), browse our awesome products and look out for more updates coming as soon as tomorrow 🙂

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