Mid last year, we went to Bangka for Toni and Yuli’s pre-wedding shoot and now that they are getting married, we’re excited to share some of the photos!
On a first meeting with a couple, usually I will try to analyze what kind of couple they are. From there I will know roughly what kind of style and direction should we go. Toni & Yulis is definitely one wacky and fun couple. We sat down and listen to their stories of how they love to shower each other with “surprises”, some are romantic surprises and some are more towards shock therapy! (trust me it was quite bizarre). Yet despite of their wackiness, I can tell from the way he looks at her and the way she smiles at him, they are definitely in love.
While Toni is an entrepreneur, Yulis works as a doctor and she really loves chocolate. In many occasion, Toni sometimes will get a bar of chocolate just to cheer her up. That inspired us to come up with the chocolate bar device, stated with the percentage of its sweetness (just check out the photos and you’ll know).
After the brainstorming session with them, I was really looking forward to the shoot. Not only because this is our first trip to Bangka (Yulis’ birthplace, which is known for its glorious noodle and pork porridge!), but also we have a really interesting couple to work with. When we arrived, we expected to hit the beaches that Bangka is famous for. But when Yulis showed us tin mines that her family own, we quickly changed our plan. I’ve never shot at a mining site before and the idea of it intrigued me. I always thought mining site as a rough and tough place but it was a real surprise seeing a wide clear blue lake right in the middle of the mine. The lake was so beautiful and alluring, I would have jumped in if I wasn’t told it might be contaminated with tin.
The photoshoot was trickier than usual because of the location. I even encountered “quicksand” moment when I accidentally stepped on a deep mud and half my body got sucked in. Luckily, I managed to save the gears (Yes, as photographer, the safety of our equipments comes first haha). But I’m glad everyone had a good laugh for the rest of that day. Thank you Toni and Yuli for the wonderful and memorable experience and also for being such a pleasant couple to work with All the best for your big day.
Enjoy the photos!