For today’s ISPWP member spotlight, we feature Hong Kong wedding photographer Fung Siu Ming of SiuMing.Photo.
Fung Siu Ming Bio:
SiuMing brings with him years of experience in wedding photography starting as a freelance photographer. There is nothing he enjoys more than capturing the joy, laughter, tears, beauty and all touching scene of everyone’s precious moment. That’s why he resigned from chief product designer and became a full time photographer in 2010.
SiuMing has meticulous eyes to picture all the little but beautiful details around. He captures the best out of the best, and the most spontaneous moments, all representing the sweet memories of your wedding. His solid design background also provided him with an artistic touch for his pictures.
How did you get your start and why did you choose wedding photography as a career?
As a wedding photojournalist who has to use one’s own peculiar sense of catching every unique moments & details. These are all to compose a once in a life time wedding, the most important day of groom & bride. The strong sense of commitment rose after my very first time as a photojournalist for a friend. So I decided to be a wedding photojournalist.
What are some of your favorite local venues?
I love shooting in some historical buildings such as Bethaniel Church & the University of Hong Kong. These locations inspire me a lot and put me in the mood for shooting.
What advice would you give a bride who is looking for a wedding photographer?
Of course every photographer has his own visual sense and angle of seeing things. How can a bride tell the difference and decide who is good as she isn’t a professional? It’s simple, do you like it? Or not? Photographers capture with mood, you choose with feeling.
What’s your favorite part of the wedding day to photograph?
The touching moments of groom & bride with their parents.
What kinds of weddings do you love to photograph?
I love to shoot outdoor wedding ceremony because the atmosphere is very relaxed & everyone enjoys this atmosphere.
What are your top tips for brides to help them get great photos on their wedding day?
Forget about all cameras. Just be a beautiful bride and join your wedding with families and friends. A professional journalist will capture your most sweet and natural moments.
How important is it to hire an experienced wedding photographer?
Brides & Grooms are enjoying their wedding so there might be some details they missed. Experienced photographers can always pay attention to details and find the most important things.
What do you find is the biggest challenge in wedding photography?
Creative, creative & creative! Especially in Hong Kong market, not like in foreign countries, the format of the weddings are very similar to each other (locations of ceremony, banquets, etc). So “Being creative, Breaking the rules” are very important for a HK wedding photographer who would like to maintain a high quality of work. We always think how to shoot in a creative way under the similar environments.
Do you do “destination weddings?” If so, what are your favorite destinations?
Yes! Shooting in a new place and new environment are the fountain of inspiration. Bali in Indonesia & Santonrini in Greece are my favorite wedding destinations.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I insist every photo is telling tales or emotions. People can read it through the photographs, just like the pictures in story book. A photograph can reach people only when it’s endowed life.
Do you offer albums? If so, describe the albums you offer and why you think it’s important to provide albums.
We do offer albums. Nowadays, we can get any electronic products easily; photos can be shared through the internet in a second. But, we think that a photo album is still important to be a media to keep memories. Let’s imagine, a couple sits on the sofa side by side and looking at their wedding albums. How sweet is this moment? Instead of squeezing in front of a monitor.
What would you say was the biggest reason for your success?
Being a designer for 10 years, it enhances my angle of composition & aesthetic judgment. Studying in design school always trains how to break through & create new ideas, which are also benefit in my career. Besides above reasons my passion in photo shooting is one of the biggest reason for my success too!
Thanks for the interview Fung Siu Ming! Use the comment section below to ask him a question or leave a comment.