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Canon Wedding Photography Special Feature: Louis Gan Photography

Self-involvement is how Malaysia-based wedding photographer Louis Gan rolls. Before crafting ideas to fulfil his client’s expectations, Louis enjoys personal conversations with the couple to understand their story, needs and wants. To Louis, it is a necessary step to ensure that the bride and groom are comfortable with him and that the ideation process is a collaborative effort from both parties. Based on his previous experiences, the up-close and personal method has benefited him in inducing good chemistry between the couple and making the photographed outcome even more stunning. In this feature, Louis Gan shares tips about how to be a wedding photographer.

Wedding ceremony father walking daughter down the aisle

Canon EOS 5D Mark III,EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens, f/2, 50mm, 1/500 sec, ISO 500

How does one become a wedding photographer?

Louis: I can’t stress it enough, but it all boils down to passion. I am a firm believer of the quote ‘follow your passion and you will never work a day in your life’. Also, this goes out to all aspiring individuals (not just budding photographers) in your own niche industries: if you have an undying passion for something, then just go for it!

bride and groom posing a shot against a nice wall

EOS 5D Mark II, EF85mm f/1.2L II USM lens, f/2.5, 85mm, 1/250 sec, ISO 800

How did you discover your style?

Louis: Exploring new styles is very important to me because it not only keeps me on my toes, but also opens my eyes to new ways of experimenting. It’s important to stay relevant and up-to-date, and the best way of achieving this is by trying new styles. Once I have found a new style, it’s always a case of trial and error to perfect the execution. One way to hone your style is by shooting as many weddings as you can. Through this regular work you can get to know which styles you do not like, and ones you want to keep using moving forward. Practice, practice, practice.

Another way to discover new styles is to follow your favourite photographers online and be inspired them. Slowly develop your own version of their execution methods and make it your own.

Black and white photo bride portrait

EOS 5D Mark II, EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens, f/2.5, 50mm, 1/250 sec, ISO 1250

How do you scout for your locations?

Louis: There are many ways to find your ideal locations most suitable for your wedding couple. You can start by looking at other photographers’ work to get inspired by where they have shot their weddings. Instagram contains hundreds of incredible location shots which can be perfect for weddings. Furthermore, have a browse online for blogs and articles offering advice and lists on the best locations - you may discover some lesser-known spots which the happy couple will be grateful for.

Additionally, if the wedding is in your local town, ask friends for the best spots. This will give you a range of more rustic, authentic location options.

Finally, ask the bride and groom-to-be! They may have a dream location which means a lot to them, so take them there to capture them at their happiest.

pre-wedding shoot in Japan

EOS 5D Mark II, EF24mm f/1.4L II USM lens, f/2.8, 24mm, 1/8000 sec, ISO 320

Top tip for wedding photography?

Louis: For starters, don’t be bogged down by small little mistakes. Always look back and find ways to improve for the next shoot. Seek professional guidance and be open about their criticism - especially if you are new, being egoistic is never a good look. Try to develop your own ideas as well, and always be alert on the shoot day!

For more wedding inspiration, check out:

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Louis Gan

Louis Gan
​Malaysia-based wedding photographer Louis Gan enjoys personal conversations with his couples to understand their story, needs and wants. This up-close and personal method has benefited him in inducing good chemistry between the couple and making the creative expression even more stunning.