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Canon Wedding Photography Special Feature: Aplind Yew

Being a wedding photographer takes serious guts. For Malaysian cinematographer and photographer, Aplind Yew, photographing the perfect once-in-a-lifetime moment means capturing the memory and its exact ambiance into a two-dimensional medium. The ambition to reach that self-imposed idealism is notable, but it is ultimately the outcome of Yew’s ever-evolving skill set, capabilities and credible reputation.

Speaking of which, the images produced by Yew are nothing less than perfect. This can be attributed to the clever inclusion of other human elements in a relatable setting to make the photos even more believable and realistic. It is not an easy feat, and can only be pulled off with years of experience and knowledge.

Asian couple kissing on a bench

EOS 5D Mark III, EF24-105mm f4L USM lens, f/4., 35mm, 1/256 sec, ISO 200

In this feature, we’ve asked Aplind Yew for tips on being a wedding photographer.

Couple enjoying music by the river

EOS 6D, EF35mm f1.4L USM lens, f/1.4, 35mm, 1/160 sec, ISO 200

How does one become a wedding photographer?

Aplind: I started dabbling in photography when I was still schooling in secondary school. Ultimately, I chose my niche as a wedding photographer because I believe in capturing and witnessing the essence of love. So for aspiring photographers out there who want to be a wedding photographer, find something that anchors you to this job!

pre-wedding shoot couple in a Mom-and-Pop store holding chillies

EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-35mm f2.8L USM lens, f/8, 17mm, 1/900 sec, ISO 100

How did you discover your style?

Aplind: This takes me back to my early days of being a photographer. I was (and still am) captivated by the Japanese film style. I can’t recall how I got to know it, but it is one of my biggest inspirations that have led me to craft my photography style today.

How do you scout for your locations?

Aplind: With the entire world digitised on the internet, it has become easy to find photographable locations on electronic devices. I will usually google for potential places along with crucial information pertaining to the best time to shoot, availability and if permissions are required. It is a good habit to make sure that you have everything ready before heading out for your photoshoots. Offline, I have my fashion, bridal and travel magazines ready.

pre-wedding shoot in malaysia couple kissing by the road

EOS 6D, EF85mm f1.8L USM lens, f/1.8, 85mm, 1/25 sec, ISO 200

Top tip for wedding photography?

Aplind: My tip is to listen and understand their story first. Then, you will need to work on coordinating the actual day timings, natural lighting and having back-up plans in case of weather changes etc. You can also provide an actual day video to further showcase the heart-warning event in a different medium!

Snapshot tips: Ask Your Clients

It is fundamental for wedding photographers to understand the couple’s backstory before coming up with any sort of plan. For aspiring individuals or those needing a little advice on asking the right questions, here are 4 topics wedding photographers should go for:

  1. Budget
    Though it can come off as ‘crude’ or insensitive, asking a direct query on their budget can help both the photographer and clients to cope with expectations.
     
  2. Expections
    Questions like ‘What does your perfect wedding photo look like?’ can help determine the priority of your clients’ needs. Some may want to experiment with interesting ideas, while others are happy with classic shots.
     
  3. Up-close and personal
    To familiarise yourself with the couple, try asking questions in regards to their first meet-up, their proposal, or even their favourite food location. These can help bring out a personal touch to their final photo album.
     
  4. Coordination
    This refers to hair or makeup artists, wedding coordinators, bridesmaids, and groomsmen etc... Once determined, it can help you to estimate the time required for pre-shoot preparation, wardrobe changes and the need for an accompanying photographer or helper.


For more wedding inspiration, check out:

Wedding Photography Where Do I Start

Basic Knowledge For Pre-wedding Photography Startups


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Aplind Yew

Aplind Yew
Aplind Yew is a Malaysian photographer and cinematographer. He started showing interest in photography when he was a teenager and ultimately chose to specialise in wedding photography. His draws inspiration from Japanese films, which have led him to craft his photography style today.