A few months ago, the soon-to-be-married Shulin contacted me. She wanted to have their engagement shoot before the wedding in January, which I of course was happy to do for them. After our meet-up for coffee to discuss some concepts and locations, we were both very excited for this shoot! We decided that our first shooting location would be in and around the beautiful Japanese Gardens and secondly The Binnenhof, both situated in The Hague. On the day of shooting all the dresses and props were set and we were ready to rock! Unfortunately, shooting in the Japanese Gardens on that particular day proved to be quite challenging…
Aside from the cloudy and rainy weather that day, hordes of parkgoers streamed in as soon as the Gardens opened. Like a game of Frogger I carefully dodged tourists, joggers, on-lookers and anything that came between my camera and the couple. Many dutch spectators were also taking shots of what they believed was a ‘Geisha couple’ (What else could a dressed up Chinese woman in a Japanese Garden be, they thought…). I managed to snag a couple of good shots and moved to the next location outside the Gardens. We arrived at a grassy field, next to a big pond, surrounded by old willow trees. It was quite breezy that day and falling leaves were harmoniously dancing around the tunes of the wind like an autumn sonata.
After the couple were done playing, dancing and rolling in the leaves we went on to the next location: the famous Binnenhof. This is the place where politicians deviously conspire and scheme to take over your country, as well as a popular spot for scenic/wedding shoots. By this time our couple really felt comfortable in front of the camera, and displayed quite some intimate, romantic moments for me to capture. After a romantically fun day of shooting we finished with nice dim-sum in China Town. Cheers to Tommy & Shulin!
Couple: Shulin & Tommy
Photographer: William Paul
Assistant: Man-Wai Chan