All these Hong Kong foodie bucket list staples, in under three hours:
Mak's Noodles 麥奀雲吞麵世家
The Coffee Academics' Causeway Bay Flagship
Yat Lok Restaurant 樂燒鵝
Tai Cheong Bakery 泰昌餅家
CRAFTISSIMO (Hong Kong's Only Dedicated Craft Beer Shop)
*pause for a 2-hour shower break - you know how hot and icky Hong Kong summers can get*
Mammy Pancake 媽咪雞蛋仔
Four Seasons Claypot Rice 四季煲仔飯
Finally, Kubrick/Yau Ma Tei for an early evening session.
That's eat-and-run-and-gun at its finest -- the adrenaline rush easily overpowering what could have been a severe case of food coma -- an engagement session drowning in quasi-epicurean oblivion.
Couple photos from Marvin & Des' food trip engagement session in Hong Kong. Pre-wedding photography x engagement photographer @redsheepphotocinema. Featuring location photos of Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Central and Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. Pictures taken using a Leica M240 & Sony A7III. Color graded using redsheep Chromavibe 160M. July 2019.
“A Day in the Life of…”: Quark Henares & Bianca Yuzon’s prenup video and engagment photos. Featuring location photos of Antidote Rooftop bar at I’M Hotel, Agimat, 20:20 Bar, Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery, Silverlens Art Gallery, and Poblacion in Makati City and Manila House Private Club and Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Metro Manila, Philippines. Color graded using redsheep Chromavibe 160F. February 2019.
Hong Kong engagement photos: Eric & Sabrina's night engagement session in Hong Kong. Street photography / urban engagement photography x @redsheepphotocinema. Shot on location: Central, Hong Kong. Sony A7III + redsheep Chromavibe 160M. April 2019.
I haven't seen anything like it. And I'm not talking about Seiya & Zynn's traditional Japanese wedding ceremony at Kushida Shrine - visually appealing kimonos, utmost silence and all. Or how the food was prepared in such an artisanal way, with all the intricacy and none of the Andersonity of the sushi scene from Isle of Dogs. It wasn't that super amusing voice-controlled sumo game during the after-party even. I'm talking about 02:28. And I was at a loss on how to articulately and artistically describe it, I defaulted to something as straightforward as a situational meme: When your husband is a hairstylist and he gives you an entirely new haircut for your second look at the reception.
Seiya & Zynn. Traditional Japanese wedding in Fukuoka, Japan. Filmed on location: 櫛田神社 Kushida Shrine, 日本の料理屋 Imuri and ルーリー Luree, 福岡市 Fukuoka, Japan.
redsheep original music. "Discovery 103-2-1" (Our first full length track!) (c) 2018 redsheepphotocinemusic Sony A7S II. VSCO frame x frame grading. Final Cut Pro. HolyGrain 4K Grain.
#福岡 #結婚式 #前撮り #東京写真部 #結婚式準備 #ポートレイト #ウェディングフォトグラファー #ウェディングフォト #結婚式写真 #結婚式カメラマン #持ち込みカメラマン #外人風ヘアメイク #ロケーションフォト #ビーチウェディング
New York City wedding photos & wedding video: Pao & Carissa's New York City destination wedding x @redsheepphotocinema. Filmed on location: New York City, NY, USA.
Preparations: The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York
Ceremony: St. Ignatius Loyola Church
Reception: La Grenouille & Restaurant DANIEL (Michelin Starred Cuisine by Chef Daniel Boulud)
Makeup: Lilian Yeung
Hair: Jay Wee
Gown: Vera Wang
Soundtrack licensed under the Music Bed. Instagram soundtrack by redsheep. That was our 6th original music track and the first one featuring the Roli Seaboard Block (the intro's very [very!] subtle steady glissando part) and the Korg nanoKEY2 (the intro's arpeggio pattern). "Untitled redsheep track no. 6", or, as I fondly call it, "Metropolis pt. 3". Best enjoyed with 🎧. But that's already asking too much from you guys. *chuckles*
One of the shots in my bucket list is a photo of someone on an empty street in New York City: think "I Am Legend" but a lot less apocalyptic, "Vanilla Sky" but a lot less Tom Cruise-ey. In order to achieve that, you have to be in a Universal Studios backlot with matching green screen, CGI and all as in the former, or you would have to be a hotshot Academy Award-winning Hollywood director with enough calibre to be given the privilege to *actually* shutdown not a few New York City blocks on a particular weekend -- the latter. It's either those two or you have to be the POTUS himself, or perhaps just have him in the same hotel as where you are on the morning of your wedding day.
And that's exactly what happened: President Trump was attending a Republican event at The Pierre, and, as protocol would dictate, they had to shut down a few city blocks within the vicinity. (Sorry Carissa, but when you called me up the night before, I was actually stoked!) And good thing Pao and Carissa were perfectly cool, calm and collect with it, not sulking over walking a few blocks up instead of getting picked up by the bridal car directly at The Pierre's driveway. You guys are awesome.
Manila engagement photos: Ivan & Julia's urban/city street engagement session in Metro Manila. Prenup photography x engagement / street photographer @redsheepphotocinema. Shot & filmed on location: Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig & EDSA/Orense Pedestrian Overpass, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Sony A7III. February 2019.
Vienna engagement photos: B&L's Vienna engagement session x @redsheepphotocinema. Shot and filmed on location: Vienna, Austria. Color remastered, November 2018.
Kleines Cafe. Albertina. Prater. And the alleyways of Innere Stadt.
It's easy for one to conclude that we were trying to pull off another "Before Sunrise"-themed shoot, but we weren't.* We intentionally left Zollamtssteg Bridge out this time. It's just B-- & L------, the soft early morning sunlight, and this oh so beautiful city by the Danube. "Milkshake".
*Well admittedly, the three of us are fans of the movie. But do you want to know a better love story IMHO? It's "Good Will Hunting". No, not the one between Matt and Ben. It's Robin Williams' - or Sean's enduring love for his wife. That, is what love is, my dear friend.
New York City engagement photos: AC & Winona’s NYC engagement session by @redsheepphotocinema. Shot on location. SoHo and Nolita, New York City. December 2017. Color remastered November 2018. Leica M. VSCO.
"Guj, we just wanted to let you know that we're awkward - as in really awkward - in front of the camera."
I get that all the time.
OK, not ALL the time. Maybe 90% of the time to be more accurate. It's either that, although not verbatim, or something like "We don't know how to pose." Good. Because I too am, errrr, awkward in front of the camera. *high five*
Tell you what: we won't do a photoshoot. Yes, "won't". We'll just "hangout". The camera that I use is rather small and is anything but intimidating. And the most that you'll hear from me are instructions on where to sit or stand, or where to walk. The exactly what, how, and how often, it's all up to you. Truth be told, making people look good through posing isn't my gift. I thrive in spontaneity. I'll throw in what you call moment bait from time to time, if needed. Essentially, it's just you guys being you guys.
Case in point: AC & Winona, after that oh so damn good brunch at Jack's Wife Freda, then wandering around SoHo and Nolita, just "hanging out", talking about, errrr, stuff in under an hour and a half, walking, bathroom break and Sunday coffee at #SaturdaysNYC included.
Tokyo engagement photos and save the date video in 4K: Briggs and Kim’s three-day “as we are” engagement session in Tokyo and Chiba, Japan x engagement photographer @redsheepphotocinema. Shot on location: EPSON #teamLabBorderless at the MORI Building Digital Art Museum; in and around Shibuya; Saturdays NYC Daikanyama; and Akihabara, Tokyo and Summer Sonic 2018 Chiba, Japan. Sony A7S II and Huawei P20 Pro. VSCO. Original score for both videos. (c) 2018 redsheepphotocinemusic.
When Plan B turned out to be better than Plan A. Like this practically empty but gorgeously lit platform in Shibuya Station. *pause for effect* Shibuya. Ever-busy Shibuya. Thirty minutes before rush hour. Didn’t come across this spot while I was location scouting the day before. Come to think of it, I can’t consider this as Plan B; it wasn’t even part of any plan to begin with! Like most of my Milky Way shots. Or my most picturesque sunset after the storm shots. Just going with the Flow. Flow with a capital “F”. Not aimless spontaneity, but Guided orchestration rather. * “Qarah” wrapped in a flurry of forced faux coughs *
That was such an inspiring way to kick-off our three-day “as we are” shoot in Tokyo. Just Briggs being Briggs. Kim being Kim. Briggs and Kim being Briggs and Kim. Doing the things that they love doing in Tokyo: good specialty coffee, psychedelically trippy art exhibits, hole in the wall whiskey bars - a quasi-speakeasy at that, izakayas, international music festivals, and walking backwards in Shibuya Crossing. Oh. Not that one.
A match made in Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL). Hence the lemniscate in the title sequence "Clarence ∞ Tiravan"; the infinity symbol instead of the usual operators &, +, /, | and x. But more than the romance that budded in THE most sought-after company to work for*; more than actually filming inside the Google campus in Singapore; more than the saturated reds, bright yellows and pale blue hues in the film's color palette; more than this indie rock tune that I had to extend to twice its original runtime so I can tell a more compelling story; more than the time-lapse-worthy Singapore sky during their pre-wedding photo shoot a few days prior, it's the air of authenticity and warmth that you rarely see in big banquet hotel weddings - that's what struck me the most. So right up my alley, with distinct undertones of Silicon Valley.**
*I should know; I came from the IT industry.
**That didn't mean anything. It just sounded nice. *wink + laugh*
Singapore wedding video (same day edit wedding highlights): Clarence & Tiravan's wedding and solemnization at The St. Regis in Singapore. Cinematography x documentary wedding filmmaker @redsheepphotocinema. Shot & filmed on location: The St. Regis, Singapore. Sony A7III. redsheep Chromavib 160C proprietary color grade. March 2019.
Fukuoka, Japan engagement photos: Seiya & Zynn’s urban engagement session x @redsheepphotocinema. Shot on location: FUK Coffee, Tenjin & JR Hakata, 福岡市 Fukuoka, Japan. #福岡 #結婚式 #前撮り #東京写真部 #結婚式準備 #ポートレイト #ウェディングフォトグラファー #ウェディングフォト #結婚式写真 #結婚式カメラマン #持ち込みカメラマン #外人風ヘアメイク #ロケーションフォト #ビーチウェディング
One stormy Saturday afternoon in Fukuoka. (IATA Airport Code: FUK) Yeah, blame Typhoon Kong-rey for the moody-gloomy feel. Sharing with you guys some stills and frozen video frames from this chill, come-as-you-are session. Total shooting time? Less than 40 mins, not counting the travel time between Point あ and Point び. I wanted to take it easy on Seiya & Zynn. After all, it’s the day before their wedding. (Yes, this wedding.) *smiley*
イブキ と エミ with a little bit of Led Zep.
Ibuki & Emi’s Singapore Engagement Session. Little India and Farrer Park over the MBS, Gardens by the Bay, Tiong Bahru and Haji Lane? That's Ibuki and Emi. They wanted to show a Singapore that's closer to their hearts, haze aside.
Little India is home to these fellow Michel Gondry fans, who also share the same disdain for pop music. Thanks for the Otoro & Uni treat guys!
Singapore pre-wedding photos: Ibuki & Emi’s pre-wedding photos shoot x @redsheepphotocinema. Shot & filmed on location: Little India, Singapore. Leica M + Sony + VSCO. Color remastered: December 2018.
San Diego California Wedding Photos: Jamal & Teresina’s L'Auberge Del Mar oceanside wedding in San Diego, Southern California, USA x destination wedding photographer @redsheepphotocinema (Guj Tungpalan & AC Lemi) Shot and filmed on location: L'Auberge Del Mar and the University Club atop Symphony Towers. San Diego, CA. Leica M. Sony A7SII. VSCO.
Los Angeles Engagement Photos: Peter & Alexis’ street style engagement shoot in Los Angeles, CA, USA x engagement session photographer @redsheepphotocinema. Shot and filmed on location: 1st Street Bridge, Downtown Los Angeles and Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA. Leica M. VSCO.
Chillin’ with Peter and Alexis, in the eye of the storm that is the Los Angeles midweek rush hour. We were obviously oblivious to the chaos in the 101, as cool, calm and collected as we were in El Nido a few months earlier.
Next, Griffith, where it was anything but tranquil. Man I’ve never seen that place as packed! With a weekday crowd that seemed like the average weekend crowd on steroids, patience was indeed, a virtue. So there I was, armed with a little “すみません (sumimasen)” here and “lo siento” there so we could do our shots.
(Great seeing you guys again! That Ballast Point craft beer six-pack as a send-off gift was very much appreciated!)
Hisamizu & Raquel’s Singapore pre-wedding photos & video: Shot and filmed on location: Downtown Core, Singapore. Original score: “Invisible Horizon” (c) redsheepphotocinemusic 2018 All Rights Reserved
First photo: The best seat in the house, well, for around 10 minutes or so. And what of that fine Englishman who was sitting there earlier? One latte from the three of us, for responding amicably to my ten seconds of imploring, asking for a good three minutes in the - quite literally - hot seat.
A match made in Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL). This is us, trying our best to be incognito (i.e., Essentially Google, but not overdoing it by being too "Googly"): the distinctly yellOw-Orange GoOgle "O", town hall steps (watch: "The Internship"), pocket gardens and then some. We'll spare you the blatantly iconic Google logo.
And of course, there's the Marina Barrage, where Clarence and Tiravan spend their Sunday afternoons.
Singapore prewedding photos: Clarence & Tiravan's engagement session in Singapore. Prewedding photography x @redsheepphotocinema. Shot on location: Google HQ and Marina Barrage, Downtown Core, Singapore. Sony A7III. redsheep Chromavib 160C proprietary color grade. March 2019.
Singapore wedding photos & same day edit video: Shawn & Serene’s Singapore wedding x @redsheepphotocinema. Shot and filmed on location: Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator, The Fullerton Hotel, The Colonial @ Scotts. Color remastered 2018.
Shawn and Serene. Aside from the fact that their wedding date is a numeric palindrome - that’s 07102017 - and that the music in their wedding film was done by a local band, here’s one more thing that made this wedding noteworthy: there’s this air of excitement, joy and “first-time” anticipation as if they didn’t already have their wedding solemnization a couple of months ago!
This set has a backstory that's rather interesting. These were all shot and filmed last September, during our then recently concluded filmmaking workshop in Verona, Italy. Just hours prior to this session, we didn’t have anyone to shoot. Our models - an Italian faux* couple [not "faux Italian couple"] - because of, errr… “reasons”, which I firmly believe were also - faux - made a last minute cancellation.
So there we were, "in fair Verona where we lay our scene", utterly clueless, but, by no means helpless...
Enter, stage left: Andrea & Anastasia
*Looking back, I'm thankful that we didn't have those models - good-looking as they were - for the afternoon session. They weren't a real couple in the first place and that would have defeated the purpose of the workshop. Buzzwords: organic, authentic. There’s little added value in shooting subjects who are already comfortable in front of the camera.
And so, after my early afternoon Keynote on filmmaking, we went out for two things: to look for a couple to shoot*, and to have a very late working lunch; prosciutto e funghi pizza, tiramisu and espresso would have been a worthy consolation if we didn’t find anyone. The thing is, I couldn’t ask just any couple if they were willing to be an integral part of our workshop. Heck, we were in “fair Verona” and more than great Italian food, there's never a shortage of lovers (star-crossed or not). More than finding a real couple, and more than finding a willing couple at that, there was something else that I was looking for - not the physical appearance or the way the dress; they had to share this "very particular vibe” which I really can’t describe with words, verbose as I am as you might have noticed already. It was up to the good Lord to lead us to the right place, at the right time, to a willing couple that shared the vibe that I was looking for. Note that it was almost three in the afternoon and my appetite was leading me elsewhere.
[ Enter, upstage right: Nicolas and Joanne. ]
Long story short, I approached Nicolas and Joanne as they were about to leave the restaurant. (Coperto!) I told them about our predicament with our “no show” models*. And, just like that, and in a very enthusiastic tone even, Joanne said “Yes!”. I promised to keep the shoot as fast as possible; it was perfectly understandable that they wanted to see Verona as well and I couldn’t take more than 30 minutes of their time. The interesting thing is, they’re from Vienna! I was there two weeks earlier so I had something to break the ice with, like my adventures with sachertorte and käsekrainer (Nicolas & Joanne! Danke schön for saying “Yes!”).
There. 30 minutes, all-in: 15 minutes walking time, 15 minutes actual filming time, one cinematographer, one camera, no changing of lenses, no storyboards. And once again, the good Lord provided. Just in the time of nick… or just in the nick of time, rather, and for the nth time. And, thirty-minutes and a glass of eiscafe (iced coffee) later, He will usher in another couple for us to shoot.
"I guess we have time for one more." And so, after a glass of iced coffee, a "no" from the couple seated next to us, and 30 minutes later, we went around again to look for another pair to shoot. [ Enter: Andrea & Anastasia ] We spotted them about 20 yards from us, in one of Verona's narrow alleyways. 'figured that they were locals, so I let Valentina do the talking this time. I didn't want to sound like Aldo Raine pulling off a "Gorlami" in front of them. After listening to Valentina's pitch in Italiano (I could infer terms like "workshop" and "filmmaker" because of hand gestures.) they said "Yes", not "Sì"; their english was spot on! And, guess what. They [also] visited Vienna a month ago. No BS. Easy icebreaker again. This time, we talked about how Italian coffee (the original espresso, of course!) is way better than Viennese coffee. I believe in Divine orchestration - "qarah" - not coincidence. And, seeing how things turned out, I'm glad that our models did that last minute cancellation. Our good Lord to the rescue. For the nth time.
redsheepphotocinema wedding filmmaking workshop and mentorship program + engagement photos Verona, Italy. October 2017. Leica M. Sony A7R II. VSCO.
Singapore wedding video. Filmed on location: The Fullerton Hotel, Empress and Privé at the Asian Civilizations Museum, Downtown Core, Singapore. redsheep Cinema + M Weddings (Photo).
Don & FT's Singapore wedding, right in the middle of Downtown Core: effortlessly chill, as hip as its Style Council soundtrack, artsy AF, with tons of feel good fun. And with that, a fun fact: Art Deco imagery in the wedding details and the reception setup were made (with love) by the groom himself! Gestalten coffee table book-worthy. And indeed, it was featured in Gestalten’s “You’re Invited”. Cool ‘eh.
Here's a feel-good wedding that we shot alongside Bloc Memoire: a very intimate solemnization in Hiza & Raquel's pad a stone's throw away from Orchard Road, followed by a wholesomely crazy dinner party at The White Rabbit. That's 300++ visible instances of smiles. Give or take a few. Oh, and yes, those caricature wedding favors were nothing short of amazing.
Malmö Sweden wedding photos: Ronald & Johanna’s Gamla Staden Malmö Sweden wedding x wedding photographer @redsheepphotocinema. Shot on location: Elite Hotel Adlon and C3 Church, Malmö, Sweden. Photos by Guj Tungpalan & Aneta Michniak. Sony A7R II, Leica M, VSCO. Color remastered November 2018.
Paris engagement photos: Ron & Abby's Engagement Session in Paris x destination wedding photographer @redsheepphotocinema. Shot on location: Trocadéro, Musée du Louvre, Pont des Arts and Rue Mazarine, Paris, France.
The challenge that I face whenever I shoot in Paris is this: just how do you photograph two people in love in le overly photographed La Ville Lumière? Where do you draw the line between being too touristy, and being too snobbishly local that Paris becomes a tad too unrecognizable already? (Like something from a Pinterest Board called “10 Parisian Streets that only locals know about”.)
If you’re a Malmöit (cool demonym huh?), you would have enjoyed that weekend: clear skies, bright sunny and all; not the other kind of Scandinavian “summer" - rainy, gloomy and grey - which was exactly the case a few days earlier.
Malmö Sweden engagement photos: Ronald & Johanna's Malmö engagement session x @redsheepphotocinema. Shot and filmed on location: Gamla Staden, Malmö, Scania, Sweden. Color remastered, December 2018.
Hong Kong wedding video: Luis & Steph's Hong Kong engagement session & destination wedding x @redsheepphotocinema. The Pottinger & The Verandah, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Coordinator: Nicole Froelich / BespokenFor Weddings, Hong Kong
Act One:🎶 ...I will be king / And you / you will be queen... / 🎶Act Two:🎶 Though nothing / will drive them away / We can be heroes / just for one day 🎶#DavidBowie, "Heroes"-Editor's note: Luis & Steph are bona fide Bowie fans, not stowaways aboard the David Bowie #hypetrain. Got a flat tire? 🎶 Ch-ch-ch-ch-change it. 🎶 #lxshk
Kilkenny Ireland wedding video: Daniel & Sheila’s destination wedding in Ireland x @redsheepphotocinema. Filmed on location: Mount Juliet Estate and St. Colmcille’s Church, Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland. Aspect Photography x redsheep Cinema.
A pint of Guinness in an Irish Pub right at the heart of Inistioge Village. This, just minutes before the ceremony in a medieval-looking church across the street. Add to that a bridal prep sequence inside a 250-year-old Gregorian manor house. This is as Irish as it gets. But wait, there’s more… Ireland's warm evening light, and the much warmer company of their closest friends and family. All these, plus an intimate wedding reception at a Michelin Star restaurant. #weddinggoals, ladies and gentlemen, wedding goals.
San Francisco Wedding Video: Matthew & Marissa’s Downtown San Francisco wedding x @redsheepphotocinema. Filmed on location: Old St. Mary's Cathedral & The Four Seasons Hotel, Downtown San Francisco, California, USA.
Smacked right in the middle of NBA Finals Fever is the celebration of Matthew & Marissa's love... something equally contagious, hot and intense if you ask me. (Go Warriors!)