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Raymond + Manling | Proposal

It all happened so fast.

Just a bare two weeks before making his big move, Raymond approached me to help him document down the proposal. Together with a small group of close friends, they decorated the room while Manling was having lunch with her own colleagues — as pre-planned by Raymond of course!

Strangers shaking hands and sharing the excitement, it was a nice sight to see different groups of Raymond’s friends coming together to help him with the proposal.

Here’s how it turned out!

kathleen.
kathleen@renatus.com.sg

Posted on March 14, 2016 by kathleen. · 0 comments CONTINUE READING
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Ying Hui + Adriene Pre-Wedding

“This pre-wedding video is really important to her.”

That was what Ying Hui revealed (kind of off-handedly) during one of the few meetings I had with Adriene and him while discussing the video.

Oh boy. I must admit after that, I do feel a little pressured to make sure I give them the best of what they hope for, on top of my usual motto pressuring myself to making sure I give all my couple the best of what they hope for.

So, no stress!

Imagine how excited and happy I am when Adriene first saw it and told me they loved it.

Even after being in this industry for so long, I still feel the pressure to always ace each wedding edit. I have this process where after finally finishing an edit, I would feel really proud of it. A mere 4 seconds later, doubt starts creeping in, voices saying ‘this could have been better, that could have been better’ can be heard in my head. Then I go back to feeling crappy knowing I could have done better.

A friend commented, “Shouldn’t you be used to that by now?” The way I see it though, is that the day I stop feeling that pressure it means I have stopped striving. A wise person also told me, ‘At the end of the day you may feel like you can always do better but don’t you think that as long as the couple love your work, it means that you have succeeded on this occasion?’

It seems that generally, Singaporeans are not a very vocal bunch of people. So, whenever upon hearing firsthand from our couples how much they love what we have given them makes our day and really, really keeps us going.

I hope everyone enjoys this video as much as we had a good time making it!

kathleen.
kathleen@renatus.com.sg

Posted on February 10, 2016 by kathleen. · 0 comments CONTINUE READING
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Jon + Jean SDE

An un-un-un-un-un-believable video!

I noted to Jon, ‘The broccoli looks really fresh!’ ‘Yes, we bought all of them last night from the market!’ The groomsmen certainly brought a lot of laughter and attention with their effort! Is it a good thing I thought a few of them looks good in that get up?

That night at the hotel banquet I actually cannot recognise them without their blonde wigs on! We hope this video will as much laughter and fun to you watching as everyone had on that day!

kathleen.

Posted on January 26, 2016 by kathleen. · 0 comments CONTINUE READING
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Kenneth + Shu Ping | A Conversation

Following Renatus, chances are that like us you care about stories behind two people and what makes them click despite how different a couple may be. With this in mind, Kenneth and Shu Ping’s pre-wedding video gave their friends and family a good inside look to their relationship.

I spent some time getting to know them, even attending their wedding dance rehearsal among others. Through their willingness to share their stories and experiences with Kelvin and I, it allowed me to narrow down and choose the type of questions I want to ask them for this concept. Deciding the questions and which part of their answers to include is an important process. I had to sift through almost 2 hours of content! It was hard to eliminate anything because every piece of information has been so insightful or funny or honest. Keeping in mind the kind of story we would like to shape, we finally came to this where it sheds light on their chemistry and different personalities to their guests on the wedding day.

We hope you enjoy this as much as we had making them!

kathleen.
kathleen@renatus.com.sg

Posted on October 12, 2015 by kathleen. · 0 comments CONTINUE READING
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Wee Keat + Sin Hui DW

Though we always love to visit places of significance for pre wedding photography, we concede different couples have different personalities and would want to do things differently from our style of work. Having said that, we love it when couples tell us that they want to go abroad to have their photos taken!

Shooting destination weddings are great adventures for us as we look forward to exploring places we’ve never been before. We take pride in coming up with photos that are uniquely framed or executed. At the back of our heads, the sense of satisfaction when we edit our photos drives us to do better all the time.

Scouting of locations, photographing and editing are all important parts of my work but above all, I always want the couples I photograph to have fun and enjoy the process on the day of the shoot. It’s just so much easier for me when they’re in a world of their own!

This set of photos is a collective effort from all that were involved. It wouldn’t be possible if we didn’t have an awesome relationship with each other during the few days we were together. Looking at the photos from time to time makes me happy. I hope you can feel my happiness too :-)

Photography by Kelvin Low
Assisted by Kathleen Cheong
Make Up + Hair Styling by Dea Hadfield

Posted on October 6, 2015 by kelvin.low · 0 comments CONTINUE READING
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Andrew + Wanling | A Lego Story

You know how I always talk about wanting to try out new things in my work and to always want to have more collaborations than me just churning out videos after videos like a soul-less factory? Well, here is another great example of me doing that!

When Wanling came to me she, was looking at the possibility of having a Lego stop motion story. Mostly also because the video is meant to be a surprise for Andrew (so we cannot involve him in the shoot) and that Wanling has a collection of Lego sitting nicely waiting to be played with.

So with the extra sets she borrowed from some friends, both of us set to work — together.

Boy I would be lying if I said this was an easy job. I would also be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous getting started on it. Wanling and I spent hours just working on one scene and we had quite a few in the video! I shot some scenes alone as well and I can tell you it is helluva back-breaking job requiring tons of patience and concentration. So with at least 10hrs of stop-motion making, I sure learnt a lot of the Do’s and Don’ts during this process.

And then there’s the post-production. I have to make sure I have enough frames just for one action/angle during production or I got to go back to the boards and make more (and trust me, you don’t want that).

This was new territory for both of us. I had done stop-motion before, but not to this level! So I am appreciative how Wanling was equally as excited to help me out with this video as I was to get a chance to try something new. And for that I am grateful. It also felt like we had achieved something together, making this video as much as it is my work as it is hers.

And that is why this is one of my more treasured works.

kathleen.
kathleen@renatus.com.sg

Posted on September 28, 2015 by kathleen. · 0 comments CONTINUE READING
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Kelvin + Wendy DW

I’ve always wanted to visit Prague after seeing photos from there. I thought, why not visit Prague for my honeymoon! As a wedding photographer, I couldn’t resist having some fun taking pictures of my wife and I in this beautiful place with the outfit we had on our wedding day.

We love the medieval looking architectures in that place. We later found out that the astronomical clock in Old Town Square was the 3rd oldest and the oldest astronomical clock that’s still working.

The people we see in Prague were cordial and friendly. Many offered help when they saw me running to and fro from my camera to my wife. Amusingly, while I was fiddling with camera settings in front of the clock, a gentlemen knelt down in front of my wife and asked for her hand! I can’t help but walk over to say, “Sorry man, the girl is mine!”

Cesky Krumlov was another place we visited for our photos. It’s one of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Situated on the banks of the Vltava river, the town was built around a 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. We loved how the place was restored and preserved over the years. It has a lot of romanticism to it.

Bearing in mind that it’s our honeymoon, we kept to only a couple of hours on 2 mornings for photography with our suit and gown in Prague and Cesky Krumlov respectively. The cool morning breeze and beautiful light from the warm sun created perfect environments for photography.

Besides these 2 places, we visited Vienna and Budapest too but decided to enjoy ourselves in other aspects like experiencing a performance at The Golden Hall by the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, visiting the world’s oldest zoo Tiergarten Schönbrunn, and submerging ourselves into the pools of Gellért Spa in Budapest.

After close to 2 weeks of Eastern Europe romance, we reluctantly headed back to Singapore with a whole lot of loving memories. We visited these places in the summer and were contemplating visiting again in winter a few years later! Maybe I’ll get to photograph a couple there soon. Who knows? :-)

Photography by Kelvin Low
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Email: kelvin.low@renatus.com.sg

Posted on August 13, 2015 by kelvin.low · 0 comments CONTINUE READING
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Zen + Min SDE

We all have been part of wedding celebrations for a good few years now. I’ve been asked on more than a few occasions this question, ‘After being part of so many weddings, aren’t you bored of it?’

Sure there are days of why-am-I-waking-at-4am-for-this moments, but usually when I get to the bride’s place I am always surprised how easy it is for me to hit the ground going. Being around people who are excited about something so early in the morning can be contagious as well. I am happy when people are happy.

Another way I try to shake things up is to challenge and keep things interesting for myself. For Zen + Min’s ring shot, I had the luxury of having the rings to myself for a while and finally managed to come up with something rather than the usual static ring shots so look out for it in the video. Apart from that, they also threw me a challenge: We are having our parents marching in with us, will you be able to put the first march-in into the Same Day Edit?

Challenge accepted!

kathleen.
kathleen@renatus.com.sg
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Posted on July 9, 2015 by kathleen. · 0 comments CONTINUE READING
Kai Hong + Kriselle-000
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In our discussion, Kriselle mentioned she would love to go to Chinese Garden for some photos on their actual day wedding as that was where her parents and sister went for their wedding photos! It almost didn’t happen due to time constrain but I was glad it did as I’ve spent time scouting the location prior to their wedding.

Many may cringe at the mention of gate crashing on weddings but I believe when the games are done in the name of fun and filled with meaning, it can really be enjoyable for everyone involved! Kai Hong and his groomsmen were a gunho bunch and did all that were required of them with zest. I couldn’t stop laughing when they had to reenact scenes where the couple 1st held hands, 1st kissed and how Kai Hong proposed. The best parts were how the groomsmen took turns to speak in their falsetto voices when they were playing Kriselle’s role!

This was a wedding where I thoroughly enjoyed photographing. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do as you look through the pictures :-)

Photography by Kelvin Low
iPhone: +65 9632 1456
Email: kelvin.low@renatus.com.sg

Posted on June 7, 2015 by kelvin.low · 0 comments CONTINUE READING
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