Gary & Amber
Planning where to shoot in a wintery scene was much easier than we thought. I just did not want to keep my camera the whole day, everywhere was just beautiful. Also, keeping the couple exposed to the cold must be kept minimal as their wedding is just a month's time away! We enjoyed the travelling between cities in Hokkaido via train and self-drive, giving us the flexibility to reach places that were more untouched.
I'm a fan of huge aperture, giving that dreamy shot and creamy bokeh. Shooting in a snowy weather also means higher difficulty for auto-focusing, which I went on manual for some! Weather was about -10°C and giving all of us only a couple of minutes before throwing the warm jacket back to the bride, Amber! Writing this now makes me miss the cold so bad!
It was hard to fall asleep during the car drive from Sapporo to Niseko, I wow-ed at every turn during that journey. Being more dressed up, I recce the exact spot first before getting the couple ready to brave the cold. Putting us up a night at Niseko gave us more rest, enjoying our meals at nice places and building snowman!
Four seasons make each year a more meaningful one. You set goals in Spring, and then reflect and reward yourself in Winter. Blessed with a clear sunset ending our shoot in one of the woods. Thank you Gary and Amber for trusting me, watching me shoot in my 4 layers clothing while you all try to keep warm :p