October 3, 2011

Sophear & Jake’s Bridal/Groomal Day-After/Day-Before Session | Laotian Cambodian Wedding Photographer

Portrait Wedding

First of all, apologies for the weird title to this blog post as I don’t really know what to call this photo session we did with Sophear and Jake, how about “capturing two beautiful people in love” because that about sums it up! Sophear and Jake had their first wedding ceremony this past weekend but unfortunately we were already booked to photograph Rachel and Shayne’s wedding at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame (which was AMAZING!!!). I will be there for Sophear and Jake’s SECOND ceremony in two weeks though as they are having two ceremonies put on by both families – one for the Laotian side and one for the Cambodian side. Before both ceremonies we got together and did a fun pre-wedding shoot where Sophear looked ravishing in her dress and Jake… barely fit into his suit =). Of course I’m just giving Jake a hard time because yeah he makes other guys tremble in intimidation, while going all mushy for his beautiful bride to be. These two are such a cute couple that we couldn’t help but to joke around and have a blast making some amazing images.

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

What you don’t see here is that Jake was really sick, and I mean really sick had-to-sit-down-in-between-shots-sick. He was such a trooper (ok sorry, bad pun because he is a police officer lol) and kept smiling for the camera and totally pushing himself to make Sophear happy because that’s just the type of guy he is. While Jake was running aside I captured these photos of Sophear and this amazing tree which I fell in love with. She looks like an angel or a fairy in a fantasy movie…

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

Jake made it back over once he was feeling a bit better and joined his beautiful bride.

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

Ok we could probably spend the whole evening at this cool tree but we did actually explore other locations!!

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

I love this next photo even though putting the watermark in the corner really blocks the couple. The actual photo they received without the logo looks great! =)

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

We finally found some tall grass!! In all of the wedding inspiration blogs you always see these photos of brides in the middle of a field or tall grass… well here in Atlanta we don’t have that many open fields or at least not many right next to wedding venues. Luckily here there was a small patch to sort of mimic the effect and put our own Southern spin on this type of photo.

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

Oh, and can you say amazing sunset? We were getting a bit disappointed because this big band of clouds started moving over us right as night fell but then the very edge of the cloud line lit up magnificently just as the sun was dipping behind the horizon. The result was an amazing ribbon of purple and orange that lasted for about 10 minutes, long enough for me to tell Sophear and Jake “Quick, KISS!!!!” as I captured these moments.

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

As the sun finally set we used a bit more of the flash to capture Sophear and Jake at the end of the night. Sophear had a great idea to photograph herself peeking over Jake’s broad shoulders – I love it when a collaboration between the bride, groom, and photographer comes together like this! The photo turned out so well that we continued the series a bit with some of Sophear alone along the lake in near total darkness.

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer Sophear & Jake's Bridal Portrait Session | Vines Garden | Loganville Wedding Photographer

While we were there Betty captured a bit of us as we worked together, so enjoy this video which contains a slideshow of images from the wedding and some behind the scenes footage of myself (Zac) working with Sophear and Jake. Enjoy this video and have a great week as the temperature creeps into the amazing Fall time here in Atlanta!

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II

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Zachary Long and Betty Feng are Atlanta wedding photographers and long the chance to get a bride and groom away from the hustle of the wedding day and spend time creating amazing portraits in a Day After Session or in this case – a before the wedding portrait session! View our wedding portfolio at http://www.FengLongPhoto.com/ and use the Contact page to inquire about our wedding availability or send Zac an email directly at zac@fenglongphoto.com.

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