Asian Wedding Industry

In Asia there is a growing wedding industry since a couple of years. There are many photographers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and as well in Vietnam. As it is I haven't seen so many wedding photographers like here. As you walk along the Hoan Kiem Lake, the Opera in Hanoi, the Metropole Hotel and who knows where else you can find them everywhere. As in most Asian Countries the wedding pictures for the album are taken before the wedding. And as I spoke with some couples and photographers it seems to be a very lengthy process. The standard wedding shooting requires at least three costumes, related hairstyles and changes of make-up as well. 

Wedding spot near Hoan Kiem Lake

Wedding spot near Hoan Kiem Lake

What adds to this overall workout is that the pictures are taken on location. But not only at one place but at several locations. There are some tried and tested favorites, Hoan Kiem Lake, on the steps of the Opera House and at a place down at the Red River. There are even horses, swings, a lake with swans and goose and many more props to get some outstanding images. More prosaic choices might be Long Bien Bridge or posing in the botanical garden.  Most of the times they use as well a lot of different props like, violins, baskets, teddy bears, and a lot of flowers, you can see them employed in various manners. 

Flowers, a lake and Ao Dai

Flowers, a lake and Ao Dai

The average wedding team consist of a team of dozens of helpers who are responsible for the props, the costumes and the makeup touch, but in the end it is ultimately the camera wrangler  who has to take the pictures. It's his job, to capture hopefully some glamorous scenes which in my understanding as I see some fiddling with there settings as well a task for some photoshop editor afterwards.

under the hood

under the hood