Lisa B Weddings has started her own blog! Packed with images of her work (from vintage sepia shots to ooh la la boudoir shoots), she’s been spending hours to get her blog just so. Its also a great way to see her work more informally as she has posted quite a lot of new images that’s not in her portfolio. Check it out by clicking here.
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For couples looking to combine a pre-wedding photo shoot with a weekend in Phuket (or Hong Kong!), look no further than Alison Mayfield, Phuket’s newest and most talented wedding photographer. Hailing from the prestigious Christian Oth studio in New York and highly regarded in her own right, Alison has been quietly setting up shop in Phuket for weddings, events and photo shoots.
Alison will be in Hong Kong from June 25 – 27 and will be available for consultations, wedding shoots or pre-wedding shoots right here in Hong Kong. Its a great opportunity to meet her to see if she’s a right match for you or to book her for your pre-wedding shoot. Trust us, she’s amazing!
Call +852 2869 4222 to book your appointment with her!
Alison’s website is www.alisonmayfield.com
Hailing from the prestigious Christian Oth Studio in New York is our latest partnering photographer, Alison Mayfield. Having trotted all over the globe (she’s now based in Phuket!) and met people from all walks of life, the Australian native has sharpened a candid, unobtrusive style that is very popular with our brides. Her vast range and skill in wedding photography promise that every poignant moment of the big day is ably captured, and every emotion beautifully preserved. See more of her work here or call The Wedding Company at +852 2869 4222 to view her portfolio. Take a look at our recent interview with Alison.
Your recently moved to Phuket, how do you like your new town? Why did you leave the Big Apple?
Phuket is so magical! I love this place! New York City is also a magical place in a different way, so much energy! But I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to relocate out here in Southeast Asia and I was so excited to see new things and be inspired by a new part of the world. There are many amazing countries to see and explore, so why not!
What are 3 words that describe your style?
Romantic, intimate and timeless!
What about your work as a wedding photographer do you love most?
That’s a tough one as there is so much that I love about shooting weddings! Being with people on such an important day of their lives, I get such a deep insight to who they are, as individuals and a couple, and I really enjoy expressing that through my photographs. Every wedding is so different as people are, and that is always exciting for me.
How do you parlay your extensive travel experience and expertise in sports and fashion photography into wedding photography?
The sports photography trained me to react to moments quickly, which is so important for weddings! The one-off moments happen constantly all day and I need to be fast to catch these moments. The experience that comes with working with one of the top fashion photographers in the world is endless, but in regards to weddings, it’s especially important to see how to make people look their best. Everybody has a good angle! I constantly gain inspiration from fashion magazines, as I strive to shoot my bridal portraits in this way.
How does the energy of destination weddings differ from those held closer to home?
The energy of destination weddings is a little different. I find it more relaxed as the guests are all on holiday and usually the couple has been on holiday already for a week or so! It feels a little more festive in that respect.
Both places, close to home or destination, always have the energy of celebration and happiness that comes from a group of people that maybe haven’t seen each other (and altogether!) in a long time. It really is special!
With such an international clientele, how do you know what each couple is looking for?
Every couple is different, especially coming from different countries. From the early stages of the wedding, I am in contact with the bride and groom about their specific needs and wants for the day, and how best we can achieve them. The one thing that remains the same with all of my clients is their love for “the new school” wedding photography. That means photography that mixes in the romance, beauty, photojournalism, documentary, landscapes, timeless images all into one, without the forced uncomfortable posing that comes with the old-style art of wedding photography.
We love your black-and-white wedding shots. When do you prefer black-and-white over colour?
I love the digital era! Thanks to the advent of amazing digital cameras, I can choose during post-production which images I would like to change to black-and-white. I feel that there is a certain timeless beauty to black-and-white photography. Images that might have a busy background or beautiful light streaming through a window are enhanced in black-and-white, but then there are some scenes which scream color, such as turquoise water against the beach, or the bright colors of city lights!
Do you have a favourite wedding photo that you had taken yourself?
Yes, my favorite shot so far is one of my brides walking her dog before heading off to the wedding. It actually won first place in a highly regarded photography industry competition in the U.S., and was chosen to appear on the cover of PDN magazine. The best part about the image is the moment was not set up or staged — it just happened and I captured it. I am forever looking around at weddings and I never stop shooting! I love challenging myself to capture every moment the best I can!
Interview by Roanne
Here’s the rest of our Q&A with Lisa B! If you’ve missed the first half, you could find it here.
How do you usually prepare for your work on the big day? Do you find the need to get to know your clients’ personalities?
For Hong Kong weddings, I don’t have to visit the venues because I have already shot in them dozens of times. I do like to meet the couple at least once before the wedding, but I believe having those few hours of preparation on the morning of the wedding when the bride is having her hair done allows us time to warm up to one another and for me to find their best angles before the actual ceremony. I really wouldn’t change the way I shoot according to their personalities, though; I am merely there to capture them.
I get a good night’s sleep before a wedding shoot and have lots of recharged batteries and a big breakfast — those are the only things I need to prepare! I will ask the couple for a run-down/schedule of the day and a list of the group shots they require and any particulars that would be impossible for me to know they would like, such as a close-up of Great Granny’s miniature porcelain shoes on the wedding cake!
Which parts of the wedding day do you most love to shoot?
It’s very hard to say which parts I love to shoot most! Perhaps the speeches — there is so much emotion that comes from the speeches. And the tea ceremony — my eyes completely well up when I see the bride and her mum and dad cry, and even the groom, too — it’s very emotional and I love it. The wedding ceremony itself is a great part as well but a bit more nerve-racking for me, as I am aware that I am in full view of everyone, and it’s not so easy to hide because you want to get close enough to capture close-ups of the ring exchange and the kiss, not to mention usually having to battle your way through hordes of videographers and uncles and aunts with their cameras! I love the moment when the bride walks in with her dad and the look on the groom’s face. I also love the first dance and the guests going crazy on the dance floor. I guess I love it all!
Your subjects always look so much at ease and unsuspecting in your photos. Is there a trick that you use to banish wedding jitters and to put them in their comfort zones?
I think I can figure out the subject very quickly when I am photographing them. Some people love to be photographed and tease the camera and I will let them play up to that. But with subjects that are more shy, I will wait patiently until they stop noticing me so that I could photograph more discreetly. I use really long lenses so that I am never in anyone’s face. But some people like to get close to the camera and that’s fun too. I’ll just go with the flow and do the best I can with whatever situation I am presented. Flexibility is the key word here. Even if the subject is more reserved, after a while he or she will warm up to me, and even the shyest of couples are eventually pouting and flirting with the camera… or maybe it’s because of the champagne! I think having been a fashion model for ten years and knowing what it’s like to be on the other side of a camera have helped me — I know the worst possible thing to say to a camera-shy person is, “Relax!!”
True or false: “Less is more.”
Depends on what it is. Not with wedding cakes! More is definitely better. But fewer uncles with cameras on a wedding day is definitely preferred!
Lisa also does beautiful pre-wedding shoots in Hong Kong, London and Europe. Take a look at Lisa’s portfolio on her website. For a complete viewing of her work, call The Wedding Company at +852 2869 4222. Rates start from HK$19,000.
A little while ago, we found ourselves accomplice to a marriage proposal when a dear friend from Napa Valley approached us to plan the perfect evening in Hong Kong for him and his lovely girlfriend. It would be their first visit to the city and we had been cooking up this secret plan for weeks, practically keeping in daily touch with the now groom-to-be. And, to be honest, it was difficult not to spill the beans!
The couple took in a panoramic view of the stunning skyline while cruising along Victoria Harbour aboard the Aqua Luna, the traditional and iconic wooden junk complete with dramatic red sails. Members of the crew were all in on it, standing by with a pre-chilled bottle of champagne just waiting for him to pop the question. We were ecstatic to find out that the plan was carried out flawlessly (from the delivery of the ring to planting a secret photographer on board) and we couldn’t be more thrilled for them both.