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Serendipitous Story of Caili & Neil – Chicago Engagement Session

August 1st, 2011

Call it a small world or serendipitous, Caili & Neil were meant to be together and I was meant to be their photographer. Let me try to explain (I hope I don’t butcher their perfect story): Caili & Neil both attended University of Illinois but they did not meet until Caili’s graduation. At that time, […]

 

Call it a small world or serendipitous, Caili & Neil were meant to be together and I was meant to be their photographer. Let me try to explain (I hope I don’t butcher their perfect story): Caili & Neil both attended University of Illinois but they did not meet until Caili’s graduation. At that time, Caili had a friend who had a crush on Neil. This friend dragged Caili to come out and meet Neil and his brother. Caili being a good friend she is obliged and tagged along. She had a great time but did not think much of the encounter. Neil went on couple of dates with Caili’s friend but there wasn’t any chemistry there and just remained friends. Fast forward a bit – Neil gets a job at an advertising agency in Chicago. Short while after, Caili unknowingly got a job at the same agency as a receptionist allowing themselves to reconnect again. Neil & Caili became good friends and by then, Neil started showing his interest in Caili. He must have asked her out on a date at least 20 times before she finally agreed to go out. As they got to know each other – it turns out that they grew up about 10 minutes apart from each other but they did not meet until Caili was about to graduate. Talk about so close yet so far away! Even now they live in the same building but few floors apart. Pretty soon they will finally be together for good.

When Caili inquired about my services for her wedding, I was traveling in S. Korea. I got her inquiry around 4am (thanks to jet lag) and as soon as I saw a picture of her, I immediately connected with her and replied back letting her know that I was going to be her wedding photographer. When I met her, I realized that I actually met her once briefly in college through a mutual friend. Never did I realize that I would be her photographer one day. I feel like her wedding in September will be a perfect ending to a beautiful story. Caili & Neil are so much in love and I did not do much convincing to show their feelings for each other in front of the camera during the eSession. Here are some photos we captured during their fun session in Chicago.

Caili Neil Chicago Engagement Session


Caili Neil Chicago Engagement Session


Caili Neil Chicago Engagement Session


Caili Neil Chicago Engagement Session

Caili & Neil – thank you for giving me the opportunity to capture memories for you guys on your wedding day. September can’t come fast enough!

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Chicago Engagement Session: Joanne & Dan

May 19th, 2010

Joanne Kim, soon to be (Joanne Lo aka JLo) was a freshmen in college and Dan Lo was that good looking Jersey Boy Sophomore. They met at a church gathering when Joanne introduced herself to him. They have been inseparable since then and she is now a teacher and he an accountant. They are now […]

 

Joanne Kim, soon to be (Joanne Lo aka JLo) was a freshmen in college and Dan Lo was that good looking Jersey Boy Sophomore. They met at a church gathering when Joanne introduced herself to him. They have been inseparable since then and she is now a teacher and he an accountant. They are now moving on to the next stage in life by tying the knot this summer. I had the privilege of knowing these two guys since the beginning so I am honored to be their wedding photographer. I want to share another lesson about shooting an engagement session after sharing some photos with you. We spent the afternoon going to various places around Chicago area including: the Fulton Market, Millenium Park, Kinzie Bridge, etc. We had a blast catching up on the past and talking about the details of their wedding day (which sounds awesome by the way). If you visit my facebook page, you will find more from this session. For the sake of blogging, I only posted 12 images:


Lesson to share: Often times I see so many photographers (including myself) talking to our clients during the shoot using “photography lingo”. Because we as photographers constantly talk about it, I think we easily make the assumption that others (including our clients) understand the same terms. Often times they might be just too nice to ask what we exactly mean. Other times they just brush it off as it is no big deal. But a good way to communicate to your clients during a shoot is to show by example. Rather than shouting out “hold out that arm!”, show them which arm and how to do it. Ask them to mirror your movement and let them know that you would not make them do things that you would not do yourself.

When I did my engagement session in Italy with Italian models I had the difficulty of overcoming the language barrier. It was frustrating not being able to explain to them in words what I wanted them to do. So I had to resort to communicating by example. Using eye contact and body language, I was able to get them to do the things I want them to do.

Another example is the use of words. Make sure that your words are clear so that anyone can understand it. During the photoshoot with Dan & Joanne, I kept asking Dan to “Squeeze!” What I really wanted Dan to do was the embrace Joanne tightly because usually that lets out a laughter and/or a fun reaction from the girl. Every time said “squeeze!” Dan just smiled at Joanne resulting in some fun moments captured. But half way into our shoot, when I yelled “Squeeze!” again he stopped, looked at me and said: “Kenny, what do you mean by squeeze?” We both laughed as I realized that I did not communicate with him properly. Once I explained to him my concept, he understood the concept and did it without even me saying it to him!

So next time you communicate with your clients, be sure to show by example and to use words that everyone can understand. Happy shooting!

Finally Joanne & Dan, thanks so much for spending the day together. And how can I forget the Alaskan crab dinner? Wow! I can’t wait for your wedding in Chicago! Ci vediamo! (See you soon!)

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