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Wedding Photographer Bangkok Lovedezign Wedding Photography shoots a wedding at Zeavola resort, Phi Phi Island, Krabi, Thailand

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Wedding Photographer : Lovedezign Wedding Photography  
Couple : Tori + Garrett
Wedding Photographer Bangkok
Ceremony Location : Bamboo island, Krabi
Reception : Zeavola resort, Phi Phi Island, Krabi
Wedding Date : April 3rd 2015

Tell us a little about yourself??

I’m a Thailand wedding photographer that specialises in photojournalism photography. I used to work as a secretary for over 5 years. Photography was my inspiration and one day it became my profession. I’m happy to see and capture every emotion and moment on the wedding day. It’s so special and I feel honored to keep document these moments forever.

I’m always working with my husband. We will fulfill every aspect of the wedding day creating a story and transferring every image into elegant moments.

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

People think that I’m fun, kind, and full of energy with good intention.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

The wedding ceremony was held at Bamboo Island, Krabi. Tori and Garrett wanted to have the traditional Thai wedding (holy water pouring ceremony and the monk blessing ceremony) along with the ring exchange on the beach. It was very difficult because you can’t forecast the water tide on the wedding day. They stayed at Zeavola resort on Phi Phi Island where was their preparations as well as a wedding reception.

The only way to get to Bamboo Island is by the boat. We had to organize all 30 guests on the long-tailed boat and speedboat. The water tide was so low then every guest had to walk a long way to board a boat. It was a real adventure that everyone will never forget.

Tori and Garrett’s wedding started with the groom’s parade and long drum musicians. It was so fun. The groom had to negotiate with the gatekeepers and bribe them to open the gate. Followed by the monk blessing, holy water pouring ceremony and ring ceremony. After that I took them to take sunset pictures on the island where you can admire the beautiful scenery and their love.
The wedding reception was set in Thai style. The wedding planner brings some classical Thai dance and the guests enjoyed them very much. The party was so fun and no one wanted to go to sleep until late.

Two days later, we went to elephant camp in Krabi to do a post wedding photography shoot. Tori dreamt about a wedding photo with an elephant, bu it was impossible to bring the big animal to the isolated island like Phi Phi and Bamboo Island. Then, we had to find more information about the elephant camp in Krabi. At last we found that Huay Toh Waterfall is the best elephant camp, which is hiding in the jungle. The photos turned out so beautiful.


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How did you get into wedding photography?

I started with macro photography. One day my best friend was getting married then she asked me to be her wedding photographer. After that, I fell in love with wedding photography. I can see happiness and love everywhere. I will never get bored with my career.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

For 8 years but I have been shooting weddings in a photojournalism style for 5 years.

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

I always do my best and work hard to improve and learn. I treated every couple as my relative and put my heart into it. The mistakes that I made would be a good lesson and I can improve myself from the experience.

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What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

They should look for the style that they want and look for quality pictures. Package isn’t important. It should only suited to their needs.

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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

By website, reviews, feature, Google searches and word of mouth.

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Why do you think people hire you?

It comes from the first impression. I am always giving all useful information to them and listen to their requirements. I love to help people and bring a smile to their face. The most important thing is my style of story-telling photography in a raw feeling that make couples contact me initially.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

25 - 40 weddings per year

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

No one in particular comes to my mind but I prefer to shoot the ones with more fun loving friends and family.

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

I would love to photograph at Santorini, Greece and Venice, Italy.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I use two full frame Nikon bodies with two prime lenses 24-70 f2.8 and 85mm 1.4 and shoot detail with 105-macro lens. My photography style is photojournalism. I have to move quickly and be ready for unexpected circumstance. Then, my equipment must serve my work smoothly and spontaneous.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Many situations are unpredictable such as weather; unexpected moments that I have to stay focused and capture every moment in time.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

I would love to talk with the bride and groom before the wedding to get to know everything and get acquainted with each other and break the ice. Every wedding is different and I will photograph the couple just the way they are. My style is photojournalism, I shoot what I see and let the photo talk.

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Who or what inspires you?

My inspiration comes from many things such as other photographs, music video, song, life, art and people around me.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

The best marketing is a good reputation and reviews, SEO, Pinterest and web blog. Advertising in magazine and pay per click Google Ads are waste of money.

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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

I like cooking too. So, I could be a chef and may open a healthy food restaurant.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

My favorite image of Tori and Garrett’s wedding is from the end of the reception. All the guests were totally drunk and they tried to gather them together and lit the sparkles for the bride and groom, showing their friendship and happiness.

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

I love traveling then I would love to do an adventurous and traveling wedding photography both in Thailand and any other wedding destination.

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

A passion for everything you do, the success will come.

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

I love Jose Villa’s work and creative idea that come from Emin Kuliyev.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

After a long experienced and self-learning photographer journey. I have been promoted as Nikon Idol 2015 for a wedding photography in Thailand. The achievement from winning awards in WPJA and AG/WPJA and having works featured on many bridal blogs, website and magazine. It was my great honor and pushes me to get reward more and more.

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