Ing Ming and Kwong Ching were married at their local church in Kenwick (Gospel Methodist Church) with their reception at Aquarium Seafood Chinese Restaurant in Ascot. Weddings like this are my bread and butter and I’d say that just over 50% of the weddings I shoot each year are for couples with cultural backgrounds from South East Asia, China and Taiwan. I’ve lost count of the number of red packets, fetching-the-bride games, tea ceremonies and “yum seng” toasts I’ve shot over the years.
Recently I met with a new couple and they asked “Do you ever get tired of shooting the same thing over and over again? Does it ever become a chore?”
I’m guessing that their question was motivated by two things… firstly curiosity because they’re interested to know what it’s like to do something I love day in and day out. The second motivation for the question I think is probably concern because if weddings did became a chore, would their wedding be affected?
So do I get tired of shooting the same style of wedding in the same locations (Perth) in the same venues week in and out?
Sometimes Adrian and I joke “so we’re shooting at St Michael’s again!” because we seem to be there every second week. The reason I never get tired of shooting weddings is because all I want to do is meet new couples and be present to creatively document how it felt like to make the biggest promise of their lives. Memories fade over time and often marriages do too so my goal is to clear that fog and allow the recollection of their wedding to be vivid and emotionally charged so that the promise they made will last.
So for me, I don’t need exotic locations to drive me and keep me motivated. I’ll never get bored because every couple is unique. So even if we’re shooting at the same ceremony and reception venues week after week, every wedding has its own story and special moments. Every couple makes a new commitment and there’s nothing else I’d rather do than to be a part of that.
Here are some of my favourite moments from Ing Ming & Kwong Ching’s wedding.