The Photographer Shootout

23 Dec

As some of you might know, we’re getting married on 5 Nov 2011. Although that’s still quite a distance away, we’ve been working hard to check stuff off our to-do list as soon as possible.

So far, we’ve done the following:

  1. Completed the 8-week Catholic Marriage Preparation Course (CMPC).
  2. Booked the church and the dinner venue in KL.
  3. Booked the dinner venue in Ipoh.
  4. Shot our engagement photos in Melbourne. (Thanks Jenny Sun for the fab photos!)
  5. Made my nyonya kebaya, shoes, and his suit & shirt.
  6. Bought my wedding gown.
  7. Chose our colour scheme.

So far, it has been pretty easy to make all those decisions. The biggest challenge for us to date is finding the right photographer to shoot our wedding day. We’ve pretty much Googled more than 50 photographers before selecting Jenny Sun for our engagement portraits, so it goes without saying that we Googled even more to find our wedding day photographer. Somehow, it’s just so hard to find someone with the style we like. Of course, this could be because most photographers have no style. They just have the right gear. I know that sounds a little harsh, but what I need is someone who takes better pictures than me, someone who  knows how to compose a shot, make the best use of available lighting, and at least edit the photos for colour, saturation, contrast and brightness. I mean, if you’re going to charge more than RM5k, you should be able to shoot better than an art student right?

Thankfully we’ve manage to shortlist 2 local photographers and will be weighing our options before making our booking.

On another note… while searching for the right photographer, I’ve noticed that photographers with design background are better than those without. They have better composition, better understanding of lighting and editing, and just better pictures overall. And funnily enough, photographers with ‘Jen’ in their names seem to be absolutely brilliant.

Check out these Jen-photographers and tell me if it’s coincidental or plain freaky:

Jen HuangJennifer TaiJenn BartellJenny Sun * Jennifer Eileen *

Do you know any other Jen/Jen-like photographers?

10 Responses to “The Photographer Shootout”

  1. cchivy December 23, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Congrats. Looking fwd!

    • smubblerz December 23, 2010 at 10:07 am #

      Thanks! You’ll be around ya?

  2. yuiny December 23, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    The Jen-thing *is* freaky. hahaha

    Your wedding’s gonna be amaaazing! 😀

    • smubblerz December 23, 2010 at 10:08 am #

      I just added another Jen to the list. LOL.
      Thanks, with everyone’s help it will be a blast! 🙂

      • yuiny December 23, 2010 at 10:10 am #

        What, another?? If you have a daughter, maybe you should consider naming her Jennifer. Higher chances she’d turn out to be an awesome photographer? hahah

        I forgot to add this just now:
        “Of course, this could be because most photographers have no style. They just have the right gear.”
        SO TRUE. 😛

  3. Baba December 24, 2010 at 4:53 am #

    oooo i totally dig jennifer-s

    • smubblerz December 24, 2010 at 5:05 am #


  4. Jennifer Eileen December 24, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    First off, THANK YOU for having me on this list! Such a funny observation you’ve made. 🙂

    Might I add another Jen? As a Jennifer, and a professional photographer, I’d love to add Jennifer Hogan to the list. She’s the owner of Ever Whim Photography. She’s absolutely brilliant as well.

    Lastly, Merry Christmas and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

    • smubblerz December 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for stopping by to say hi and to contribute another Jen to the list! 🙂
      Indeed the ‘Jen-phenomena’ is kinda cool and freaky at the same time. Haha.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!

  5. cchivy January 14, 2011 at 11:19 am #

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