I had the chance to interview the photographer of TheGaleria.com
and his name is Brian Ho.
Here is the email interview:
1) Can you give me an introduction of yourself, when and how did you start out and what is your wedding site about?
My works is very much influenced by film makers like Giussepe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), Mira Nair (The Namesake) and Wong Kar-Wai (In the Mood for Love). I love the story-telling element in movies and the use of imagery and human expression to carry a scene through.
In many ways, my works are similar in the sense that I want every wedding to have a story-telling element and a documentary feel to it. In some ways, “thegaleria” is really a collection of wedding memories I have documented in the past. It’s my way of preserving a fleeting moment of memory in the form of still photographs.
My foray into wedding photography is something that happened by chance, an opportunity given to me by a long-time friend to photograph his wedding day. One thing led to another and I guess everything else is history now. That was of course only 4 years ago. How time flies.
2) I understand you have been in the wedding-related field for quite some time and is now successful. What do you think is the key factor to your success?
Passion, belief and a strong conviction in whatever you’re doing. It’s the same for any industry and the business of wedding photography is no different.
3) When you are working with couples, what is it that you are most proud of?
Chemistry and a special relationship with the couple. I treat every couple like a friend. My style of photography is very much based on instinct and gut feel. Knowing the couple better helps me to understand the couples’ needs and personality. A remark I often get from the couples’ friends – “You really captured their character and personality”.
This may not necessarily mean that I captured remarkably beautiful shots but rather images that truly reflect the couples’ emotion, feeling and mood at precisely that very moment. To me, realism in photojournalism is more important than beauty itself!
4) What is the greatest challenge that you have faced while growing your career?
Keeping the fire of passion burning and burning. It is often said that “money and passion don’t mix” and having done this for a while, this statement does hold some degree of truth. But in the business of wedding photography, I believe that one cannot lose the passion for creating
beautiful imagery. That is what keeps the passion alive!
5) Currently, what is the one wedding tip you want to give to soon-to-wed couples?
Plan something meaningful, something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life, and something that is uniquely YOU. What works for everyone else does not necessarily mean it’ll work for you. Above all, please do not forget to have fun on your wedding day. You’ll be surprised how many couples actually forget to do that. And yes, book your favorite wedding photographer early too 🙂
That?s the end of the interview.
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