Hire a photographer with ease with KaChick

Finding the perfect wedding photographer just got easier: The new KaChick photography marketplace provides an easy-to-use interface where couples can browse photographer profiles and pictures. You can sort by location, budget, style, occasion – and even chat with potential candidates – all in one place.

(photo: Kim Lo)

Available on the Apple Store, www.kachick.com.

Pre-wedding photo sessions at Ocean Park

What do pandas and penguins have in common? They can both star in your pre-wedding photos at Ocean Park! Depending on the package, couples can pick two to four locations across the park, including the Grand Aquarium, Ferris Wheel, merry-go-round or Old Hong Kong Street. Wedding packages and banquet menus (including free tickets for guests) are also available, just in case riding a roller coaster in your wedding dress is an item on your bucket list.
Packages start from $17,888.

Photographers share their perfect moments

We speak to three photographers about the special memories
they’ve captured on camera. By Mahira Jamshed

Jamie Ousby Photography

A self-proclaimed “photo ninja,” Jamie Ousby Photography has mastered the art of blending in and capturing those unstaged moments of joy. www.jamieousbyphotography.com

Forever love: “I try to be like a guest with a camera, and the result are moments like this between the bride and her grandmother. I love how close together they are and the tear running down Lixi’s face sets it apart. This is such an important scene to capture – the kind of moment the couple can treasure for years to come.”

Private words: “I wasn’t close enough to hear what they were talking about – but that was a good thing! This was a moment that needed to be captured without interruption..”

A tearjerker: “Eric’s reaction to Blu’s vows are so heartwarming and genuine. When he took off his glasses to wipe his eyes, it happened in a split second so I had to be ready. I was so happy when I looked back on this shot. I knew it was a lovely moment that they would remember from their day.”

Ali G Studios

A go-to photographer for some of Hong Kong’s biggest society bashes, Ali G Studios immortalizes the day’s emotions in images that are loaded with details and colour. www.aligstudios.com


Epic moments: “Set against the backdrop of some incredible palaces in Jaipur, India, this four-day destination wedding was one of the grandest I have ever photographed. I wanted something epic and memorable for the couple, while staying true to their style and the majestic backdrop.”

Red dress: “The couple had informed me they wanted to create images with the look and feel of the famous Hong Kong movie, ‘In The Mood For Love.’ The challenge was to get the perfect lighting and post production on the image, which was shot at The China Club in Central.”

Flower shower: “This was an amazing destination wedding of a Hong Kong couple at The Peninsula Hotel in Bangkok. The key was to inform the guests not to step into the aisle and to throw as many flower petals as they could to get a great effect!”

Kenneth Lim Photography

With a skilled eye for personal and authentic moments, Kenneth Lim Photography beautifully captures the honest, raw emotions that make a wedding so special. www.kennethlimphotography.com

Dad’s dance: “The father-daughter dance is one of the old-school wedding traditions I love. It’s a unique few minutes towards the end of the wedding day, when the bride can give thanks to her parents and honour the special bond between father and daughter one last time.”

Let it rain: “After the wedding ceremony, it began to rain during our portrait session in Sheung Wan. The bride and groom took cover from the rain and I kept shooting. Just as with marriage, sometimes you just have to stick together and make the best of a bad situation!”

Studio Harcourt

Prestigious French photography group Studio Harcourt opened up shop in Hong Kong this summer, bringing with it a classic black-and-white aesthetic that will make you feel like a film star. That’s not too far off the mark, seeing as they’ve photographed more than 1,500 celebrities over the years. Ready to book your closeup? A “Wedding Albums” session will leave you with 15 to 30 gorgeous images – all in the studio’s signature monochrome style.

Packages from $15,000, including makeup artist and pre-shoot consultation. 18/F, 18 On Lan St., Central, 2662-0030, studio-harcourt.hk.

Lollies Lifestyle – pre-wedding photography in London

Thinking about getting your photos taken overseas? Lollies Lifestyle is a European pre-wedding shoot specialist catering to Hong Kong-based couples. It can take care of all the nitty-gritty details for you – from hotels to excursions – leaving you to just relax, explore and get your snaps done in romantic destinations such as London, Prague, Paris, or Santorini. Lollies uses its local know-how to ensure that your photos are totally unique and that and you go home with great memories of an exciting trip abroad.

Hong Kong photographers’ favourite pre-wedding shoot locations

Rock your pre-wedding shots in the most amazing spots in Hong Kong, according to some of the city’s top photographers.
By Kate Springer
1. KC Professional Photography
Taking a natural approach to wedding shoots, KC Professional Photography gravitates towards low-key, rustic environments to capture those special moments.
Favourite Spots
Big Wave Bay Beach:
“It has the best sand in Hong Kong. There is a nice little line of trees just by the beach, and it makes such a lovely backdrop for intimate photos
Beas River Country Club:
“I always love shooting here as it’s very quiet, unlike typical Hong Kong. It’s also nice to be able to take photos with the little ponies.”
2 Tanarak Photography
Award-winning Tanarak Visessonchoke of Tanarak Photography has worked all over the world – from Thailand to San Francisco, Singapore, Paris and Hong
Kong. Tanarak’s images capture every couple’s personal story, and the details
that matter most.
Favourite Spot
Shek O Beach:
“It’s a nice location with a variety of natural scenes – each corner makes it more unique. There are beaches and rocks, not to mention vibrant colours in the village with lots of little details.”
Victoria Peak Garden:
“It’s so quiet in this garden and not many people know about it. There are lots of big trees and natural scenes, which is different from busy city life. Another
park nearby has an old police station with nice architecture and a pretty gazebo that makes the photos look vintage and unique.”
3 Joyce Yung Productions
Joyce Yung’s style is relaxed and natural, telling a story in every tiny detail. Her images have a fashionable yet timeless quality about them that will make even the busiest of Hong Kong streets feel like your own intimate corner.
Favourite Spots
Shek O:
“This is quite a popular location, so it’s best to come during weekdays. What I like about Shek O is that you can get quite a few different sides of Hong Kong in a close vicinity. You can get images with a backdrop of the beach, or on the rocks, or photos taken in the small, quaint village streets.”
City streets:
“I like to incorporate the busy cityscape of Hong Kong into part of the images. Some clients really prefer it, as it also helps to represent part of the couple’s story and journey together in this city. I like to shoot in the middle of one of the busy streets, usually an intersection in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai or Central.”
Tamar Park:
“It’s a great location where you can get a variety of backgrounds, settings, and feelings in your images. You can capture greenery and trees, or you can get the harbourfront view with the iconic Hong Kong skyscrapers. You can capture different moods, depending on the time of day you choose to shoot in.”

Pixta Social

Pixta is an interactive photo-taking pod that lets guests instantly share images with social media platforms. It offers lots of customisation options, from wedding hashtags, to background graphics and filters, GIFs, and even a photo live stream so you can watch all your guests cut loose in real time.