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Hong Kong Destination Wedding Photographer: Glory + Avery; married!

Glory and Avery married on New Years, in Hong Kong. Husbone and I had never been to Hong Kong before, and after a long time of traveling around India we were excited to be in a city again. Hong Kong is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. It looks like something out of a futuristic fairy tale, with it’s lush peaks and valleys punctuated by soaring needles of towers. It was so wonderful to finally meet Glory and Avery, they live in Hong Kong, and our first meeting was the day before the wedding. Even so, husbone and I adored their generosity, and admired the obvious love they have for each other. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to work with extraordinary couples like these. The day after the wedding, they even invited us to a home cooked Chinese dinner at Glory’s parent’s house, where we were treated with the first home cooked meal we had had in 6 weeks. It was delicious, and it was also really cute how Glory’s mother encouraged Andrew to eat more and more. I came home from this wedding, and this trip, feeling so lucky. My clients are amazing.

Shooting this wedding, I encountered a challenge I never have been met with, in all the international weddings we’ve shot. The entire day was pretty much all in Cantonese, and we understood very little. It’s interesting to realize how much I rely on language to time my shots. Like, the brides father is recalling a story about her childhood, so I turn to the bride and absorb her reaction. It was kind of like an acting exercise we used to do in school, where you blindfold someone and they have to trust you completely, and you have to earn their trust, and go for a walk. I remember being the blindfolded one, how acute my other senses became. I feel like my senses went into hyper mode, trying to absorb the emotions in the room, and following them using only the energy in the room. After the reception, a family member came up to me and asked if I spoke Cantonese. I said no. He said, it seemed like you really understood what was going on – you took pictures at all the right times! Hahah. I thought it was funny. Despite the language barrier, it seems we all express our love, respect, and admiration in universal ways.

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So you can see the difference. Film:

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Digital:

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[...] This wedding shot by Punam Bean just caught me.  And then I saw these little tykes — oh my CUTENESS! (Sandi makes fun of me for saying that a lot, but I’m pretty sure I’m allowed to here.)  You can just barely see the little gentleman in front holding a top in his left hand.  I love the contrast that creates with their ultra-formal clothing. [...]

Love this set of photos – exquisite!

jan

Very nice set, I really like the first picture. You’ve captured the joy of the couple’s celebration. Glory has one of the prettiest kwas (the chinese wedding gown) ever. You’ve captured her stunningly =) PS… next time you have a Chinese wedding and want to have a translator I’m free!

Ada F.

Oh Punam! These photos are so gorgeous. They are really lucky to have capture their day – I’m so glad Hong Kong got a taste of Punam, and Punam got a taste of HK too!

hi punam! i adore these photos. they tell such an incredible story despite the language barrier :) it was lovely meeting you in hong kong by the way, hope to see you stateside sometime! will be back home in a month!

Hey Andrea! I’m using the contax. Thanks for thekind words everyone!

Jill Seminaris

Punam, I couldn’t agree MORE with Bobbi. You’re just…phenomenal. I really can’t think of a more fitting word. Sensational photography! I love those adorable little ring bearers, and the simple shot of their little legs. Too cute.

wow! so pretty!! awesome work punam! those little boys are the cutest!! Glory and Avery, you both look so beautiful + happy together! :)

andrea

Love the shots of the boys too! BTW, what camera do you use when you shoot film?

So, so wonderful. You’ve outdone yourself on this beautiful wedding.

kim

SO lovely! i like the boys’ shorts and knee high socks too :)

wow!! gorgeous!

you are RIDICULOUSLY talented. I mean… if I looked up talent in the dictionary… you’re hotness would be right next to it :)

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