Debut of my concept photo session “Life is Beautiful” of why I started.
“Life is Beautiful” was a concept photo session that I started in beginning of 2010. It’s a concept because I direct them to what kind of story I want to portray.
I am sure you heard a lot of people mentioned that if you work in one company, you’ll become a furniture or something like that. I feel like that too after doing a countless of pre-wedding/e-session. I wanted to discover more about the couple rather than showing the outer beauty. By the end of the day, similarly with the idea of wedding day documentary I hope that the couples who book me put more importance in moments, something to look back and remember the day by. In my point of view, that’s also what I see in the session prior to the wedding day. It’s something that helps me to understand what kind of couple you are in order to capture a story uniquely theirs.
As the name says, it’s about to discover the beauty of their relationship. I am not sure why a lot of people come to me telling how they are boring and how they don’t look good in front of camera. I can tell you all couples in my works are normal people. They are not model and they sometimes don’t have a story to treasure or to tell others. They still have to work, earn living and sometimes are too busy to look forward to their wedding. I just need one day of theirs before the wedding day to spend with me to tell what a beautiful life they are living in.
One of the biggest strength that I have is to find people’s personality and to work with them comfortably. I am a happy man since I am running this concept session as I don’t go to client’s wedding just to shoot, but to be their friend who understands the couple. I am not kidding you, I feel the honour of a real storyteller to listen someone’s story and portray them with what I see. That’s my definition of my work “To see, experience and portray the story”.
This session started from the meeting before the session, I call it a “private time”. This is the time when I figured out what kind of story I need to portray them. Yes, most idea of the story what you see in this website are not from them. I found out as soon as I talk to them and understand who they are. Then I gave some suggestion for the session.
Ali and Catherine were my first couple to try on that. I still remember the first time I met up with them, they brought a photo book of animals. I instantly suggest them of how cool it’s that to do the portraiture session in the barn surrounded by animals. They were surely up for it. If you know them well, they will be up for anything mentioned to them literally Then they came with me after the meeting how they found the place and also booked a portable zoo. There you go! That’s how we did it in this video. Check it out!
The behind scene were shot by Kuswendy of WIMO who visited and collaborated with me during his trip to Sydney. Thank you dude!!!
I also thank you for Ali + Cat who never said no to me for this session. This session also gives birth to my fusion portrait films, “Life is Beautiful” in still + motion pictures.