Raymond and I connected through the internet recently, where I found his wedding photography blog very interesting. Having chatted to him, I found that Raymond is not just a skilled photographer, he is also a very detailed and all-around great guy. I hope you will enjoy this interview with Raymond, as much as I enjoyed interviewing him.
最近通過互聯網，找到了Raymond很有趣的婚紗攝影博客。跟他聊聊，我發現Raymond不只是一個非常有經驗的攝影師，也是一個詳細周全, 說得一口流利的英語及廣東話的傢伙。所以我特意邀請他做採訪 ，我希望你會喜歡，就像我喜歡採訪他一樣。
Jane: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m have been working in the creative field among New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong for over 22 years. Mainly as a commercial photographer, advertising creative director, director of photography for magazine and wedding photographer. And they are all still pretty much my current roles.
As a wedding photographer, I like to bring think-outside-of-the-box-ideas with traditional craftsmanship to my clients.
Jane: Many people say wedding photography is a tough job so it is definitely not for everyone. What influenced you to make this move from being a commercial photographer to a wedding photographer?
Raymond: To be correct, I did not move from doing commercial to wedding. I have done quite a bit of wedding before and I just want to use a new entity solely for wedding and transcend my career to a new horizon. The reverend in my church gave a message in a Sunday worship recently. He said God took six days to create the world and rested on the seventh day. With his almighty power, he can get it all done at once at his desire. Why he took a longer route and rested? It tells us that everything we do we have to enjoy the process. Take a look and be introspective of what we have done.
With so many years in the commercial field. I’m happy with what I have done so far. I believe it is time for me to go to another level – bring think-outside-of-the-box creative ideas in wedding photography to my customers. I enjoy the process of shooting a couple deeply in love with each other. These are the miraculous creation and arrangement of God and also the greatest motivation of driving me forward.
我在從事創作已多年. 總算滿意自己的成績，亦很享受當中的過程. 但同時我也相信是時候進入另一個新天地——把一些創新元素帶給婚禮客人。我非常享受為一對深愛對方的戀人拍攝，因男女雙方的愛情，都是上帝奇蹟般的安排及創造，亦是推動我前進的最大動力。
Jane: How do you describe your wedding photography style?
It takes the affluence of emotion from TWO people into a picture in order to make a memorable wedding picture. Otherwise, it is nothing but a picture of a place with 2 people standing there. My style is very simple. HIM & HER EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED. MAKES EVERYTHING BEAUTIFULLY CREATED AND CREATIVELY BEAUTIFUL. I want to make sure all the special interacting moments between the two are captured on their wedding day or pre-wedding session. And you will flip the album pages over and over again in your lifetime. Remembering the promise of love, fun and joy between the two. These are the things that money won’t buy again.
I consider myself an old-schooler. I started developing custom prints in darkroom when I was 19 and had learnt how to retouch photo traditionally before photoshop even existed. For my service, I bring all these experience and traditional craftsmanship to everything I shoot and print.
Jane: For many weds-to-be, the Mother’s day this year couldn’t be more special than the other family celebration, as they are going to leave their parents and union with their fiance /fiancee. As a wedding photographer, how do you see the family relationship?
Raymond: The Chinese has a famous quote “ Raising children a hundred years, long worry ninety-nine!” The family relationship in post-marriage does not end there. They will always care and concern about you as long as they are still around. Especially for men. When the father brings his daughter down the aisle and give her hand to the groom, this vote of confidence is way more than anything you can imagine.
Cherish every moment you can when they are still around. Do special things more often so that they can remember. The elders are like little children sometime – they don’t speak up and ask for more caring. They will be ecstatically happy if we can take more of an active role.
Jane: I am sure our wedding couples would love to know you more, especially the “Raymond behind the scene”. What do you usually do after work or when you are less busy?
Raymond:Seven words” GET OUT THERE! KNOW THE WORLD MORE.” My commitment to be a photographer is not limited to shooting, retouching and talking to client only. These won’t give you any fresh idea. It takes a lot of other things to broaden my vision in life in order to make my vision to be revealed in a picture. So I spent tremendous amount of time reading all kind of different books and literatures, travel around in order to keep my brain fresh. My wife and I also spend quite a bit of time to do services in church.
Jane: Hey, might be more interesting if you can talk about you & your wife, your story?
My wife and I attended the same secondary school in Hong Kong for three and a half year. I was a very crazy moronic kid in school and we really didn’t get along because I was simply too naughty. My whole family had to move to New York in my 4th year in secondary. Surprisingly, my wife was the only one cried in the class on my last day (It was not signal of love, of course. I thought she was silly.)
We parted way for more than 2 decades and met up again in a high school reunion in 2008. Sometime, God has his big plan and very miraculous. I was still juggling between Hong Kong and New York till 2009 and it was very hard for us to start a relationship. But we finally started when she was staying in New York for a business trip. I moved back to Hong Kong the same year. We got married in February this year and, looking back the past few years, these are the works and abundance grace from God.
Thanks Raymond for the interview. If you are interested to contact Raymond, here you go >>
Mr. Raymond Ng (Services: Creative Wedding Day & Pre-Wedding Photography. Fine art wedding photo prints)
Phone: +852 9861-6941
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