Mood for Light Wedding Photography: Blog en-us (C)2016 Mood for Light Wedding Photography (Mood for Light Wedding Photography) Sat, 02 Dec 2017 02:21:00 GMT Sat, 02 Dec 2017 02:21:00 GMT Mood for Light Wedding Photography: Blog 120 120 Wedding journal: Can & Hani

Every couple has their own signature chemistry and it was amazing working with Can & Hani. With their funny banters poking at each other, I was surprised there were in a long term relationship since they first met in Turkey (where Can lives) 3 years ago.

This is my first traditional muslim wedding shoot (Nikkah) hence a lot more homework went into late night supper with my muslim friends in preparation for the shoot. It was a heartfelt ceremony with so much love from everyone for Can & Hani. 

It was late but they were game for a shoot around Clarke Quay. 

More of their album here


It's always heartwarming knowing I arrive as almost a stranger to the wedding but left the wedding as a part of the wedding and friend. 




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Kaylyn's 6th birthday It's mind boggling when you think about how time flies. Adeline got in touch with my wife on covering the shoot for her gal's 6th birthday.

"What? She's 6 already? Wow, that's really fast". Having seen Kaylyn when she was under 1 years old, I wanted to.

For the completephoto gallery, see here.

It's always fun watching kids and from what I hear, they grow up so fast. They are only 3 year old once, 4 year old, 5 year old once. And at each stage of their journey, they learn, grow, and develop their own personality. Photographers are naturally good observers and Kaylyn was shy at first and started playing once she's all warmed up! 

Hey she was already pursing her lips like a pro for the makeup.


She's all warmed up now for her party

She's full of expressions and her mood really shows on her face. 

A proud mummy taking shots of her gal. There was so much love in this event and this wouldn't have been possible without them and the wonderful guests.

To Kaylyn, wishing you health, wealth and wisdom surrounded by lotsa lotsa love!!!

For more of the coverage, see here.


Photography: Tony Eng (Mood for Light Productions)

Videography: Tony Eng (Mood for Light Productions)

Magic show:


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Wedding planning: Crashing games I've always enjoyed covering gatecrashing. This is a chinese wedding tradition in which the groom has to overcome the sometimes inhuman challenges set forth by the bride's entourage of femme fatales to guard her.

 And here's the groom's Swat team

Putting the SWAT team through the various trials and tribulatons. 

Climbing the stairs

Something spicy

Something cold

In a matter of 1 hour, I constantly bear witness to the emotional roller coaster of grooms gatecrashing to win their brides. It's like watching a live drama knowing it will always have a beautiful happy ending.

Here are 3 tips for a well curated gatecrashing from a photographer's standpoint to avoid having a over stressed groom for photography. Nothing too restrictive but hopefully nothing to over zealous.

1. Wasabi is a yes, Chili/hot peppers best to be avoided for the sweat it will induce.

2. Raw egg and milk is highly contestable ingredients given some may have allergic reactions. Having seen the disruption (upset stomach to nausea) and surprises this may give. There are many other ingredients to choose from to extract the thrill still.

Finally, physical activities should hopefully be more coordination/quiz based. Yes to "Ice foot bath"

And I can never see enough of the joy the groom has making all the trials worth it!

The victory cheer

The tearful victory

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Behind the scenes (Part 1): Post processing behind the scenes Digital picture: Sony A99 with Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM taken at ISO320, F2.8, 1/60 S

Fellow digital photographers will agree with me that post editing is a important workflow after the shoot. And for me, like a excited little boy trying to open his present to see what he is getting, the most exciting part of the wedding extends beyond the actual shoot. Beyond a 10 hours wedding coverage, almost 5-10 hours of work is spent in the digital darkroom to process the photos for delivery. At Mood for Light, we go a step further to select key shots to post edit the shots we love. Call it OCD, but we just have to bring out the beauty of the shot.

The shot above is taken straight out of camera from it's raw format. No editing has been done. It's a good shot. Lovely bokeh and dynamic range. After our fiddling, we present our edited shot below. Do you like it like we do?


Digital film signature: Kodak Portra 100 VC


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Behind the scenes (Part 2): Shooting with digital camera It was a fun shoot with Candy and Chris. Candy loves greenery and what better place to be than in Singapore with our recently minted Unesco World Heritage Site, one of only 3 tropical gardens globally. 

We were there at around 5 pm and being in a tropical region means the weather can be unpredictable. It helps that I was here earlier and sited a route that takes about 30 mins. For the most part, the shoot went smoothly and the comment I get is, how come I shoot so fast? This was in comparison to 2 other wedding couples that was being shot in the area. They were in the same area like for 15 mins. I always find that question interesting to answer simply because it's a matter of style.

I love candids and always love to have my couples feel comfortable. The word I would go for is "Feel". And this was somewhat tougher with film cameras but with digital it's much easier (and cheaper!) since an additional digital exposure cause next to nothing.

While I would certainly give my couples simple guidance on what to do, sometimes, what I am waiting for is for the scenario to unfold. And that to me is the treasure and always a lovely surprise. Over here the instructions was for Candy to surprise Chris with a kiss. Yet it was the smile after that I love. It's them. Cute and very much in love! This is only possible with sequential shots that digital cameras offer. So fire away!

Surprise kiss at Singapore Botanics GardenSurprise kiss at Singapore Botanics Garden

The smile after the kissThe smile after the kiss





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Wedding planning: Budget guidelines for choosing a photographer I was reading with a heavy heart when the following news on a bad experience by a wedding couple with regards to their photographer surfaced. The purpose of this writing is not so much as to flame and shame the couple or the photographer in anyway but to share if it's in a couple's interest to have more control over their choice of photographers and is there a budget guideline?

Wedding affairs in Singapore is an expensive affair and it goes beyond monetary investment. The time, energy, efforts and seemingly endless weekend runs cannot be priced in. Based on the site below, the total cost of wedding can run a couple S$35,000 and upwards in today's context in Singapore.

For a $35,000 investment, should the couple have more control over choice on their photographer? Absolutely yes. This is the reason why a lot of freelance photographers have popped up over the years to support this trend to cater to the differing taste of couples. Given DSLR cameras are certainly more affordable these days lowering the barrier and cost of entry for aspiring wedding photographers ,caveat emptor applies.  In return, couples get to choose the style they like and freeze the memories of this very special day.

On budget, is there a budget guideline?

Given how expensive wedding can be, it is understandable why a couple would be very budget conscious. I've been down this road too. My take is  a 5-10% of the total budget spent for the wedding is a good place to start which for illustration, a $35,000 wedding budget case translates to $1,700-$3,500 budget for the photographer. This can nail you a very decent photographer locally.

However that only settles the budgeting part of it. After all, a photographer can always price themselves at any price point but that does not translate to quality works.

A keep it simple guidance would be

1. Do you like the photographer's works?

2. Enquire if price is within budget.

3. Request to see more of his works and a showcase of a sample deliverable

4. Is he a full time photographer with a registered company? If he can live off it, he must be doing something right :)

On a technical level, the easy guidance to sift out poorer equipment is

5. Check if photographer uses a Full frame camera? These are still relatively costly given the lenses needed for full frame cameras are costly. You want a yes for this. 

6. Find out if the photographer has any equipment failure backup contingency in place? If one full frame camera is costly, will he have 2 full frames to back each other up?

Finally I cannot overemphasize on (1). Do you like the photographer's works?

Given how busy the day will be during a wedding coverage, we tend to shoot based on instinct on perspective we love and this is the photographer's signature perspective. It is vital you love the photographer's perspective. The shots below isnt any special shot. Yet when you see the shots in sequence, it's a story of that special day. That is my perspective. A story about my couple's actual day.

Happy planning!

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Wedding planning: The importance of brothers and sisters for your wedding The rain at Alkaff MansionThe rain at Alkaff Mansion

It's always a blessing to be part of my couple's wedding. You can see them both Rayner and Genevieve working towards their dream wedding. This wedding has been one year in the planning and it was hosted at one of the most iconic building in Singapore, the Alkaff Mansion. The beautiful colonial architecture serves as a indication of Singapore's colonial past. It was both their dream wedding. Especially with them both loving vintage-chic theme. And this was one of their reason for having me cover their wedding as their wedding photographer - I love vintage and I love rendering my photos in film signature. But most importantly, they love the candid, non posey shots. 

The garden solemnization was planned for at 6 pm and it started pouring rather heavily at around 5.30 pm. Guests were making their way in. The rain did not dampen the guests spirit in any way.

Smiling guests in the rainSmiling guests in the rain

This was perhaps one of the biggest stress test for the groom and yet it was perhaps one of the sweetest moment I was able to witness. The bride was distraught. Rayner took control of the situation and try to assure Gen as much as he could including checking the weather forecast and thankfully, my wife informed me our place was raining earlier and it has since cleared. Rayner decided to delay the solemnization instead of shifting the setup from the garden to indoor. Gen wanted some space alone in this private corner in Alkaff Mansion. Sisters and brothers came in every now and then to assure her and to update her on the situation but most importantly, to keep the option of having both indoor and outdoor solemnization open. And thankfully the rain started easing up. And there you have it, the beautiful smile that came after the rain.

touching momentsThe smile after the rainThis is perhaps one of the most touching moments for me at least.

This one's for you, brothers and sisters out there for your silent support!

To the brothersTo the brothers



Rayner and Genevieve's gallery can be found here.
Videography: Damon Low Videography
Gown & Suits: Amanda Lee Weddings
Live band: Grace Notes
Photography & Art Direction: Tony Eng
Post editing: Tony Eng
Digital film signature: 
Film (black & white): Kodak TRI-X
Film (Color): Kodak Portra


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Hello baby

Digital film signature: Sony A99, Zeiss 50mm F2, ISO 800, 1/60 in Kodak Tri-X 400. 

I had a "Awwww" moment when I captured these shots. I just so wanna go over and hug this adorable baby gal! This is perhaps one of the biggest day in my couple's life and the baby would be oblivious to this special day. Yet, time and event seem to just disappear. It's just each other. It's these innocent moments that I totally love. While the baby may not be aware of how special this day is, I do ponder what her thoughts were in this shot. I most probably will never find out. 

Muaks! 'Nuff said!

Digital film signature: Sony A99, Zeiss 50mm F2, ISO 800, 1/60 in Kodak Tri-X 400. 

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Moment before the kiss (or is it after?)

Digital film signature: Kodak Tri-800 Pushed 2 stops

I love this shot period!

I've always found it fun to do the post editing from a wedding shoot. This shot had one key element that I love. I wanted more from the shot.  It certainly is exciting to be a digital wedding photojournalist in this century with photo editing tools at my disposal. I love the bride's smile yet I wanted more contrast in the shot. Here comes creative destruction to add the blur and the grains to give that needed contrast to let her smile shine through. 

The smile before (or after?) the kiss? Your call.








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The art of exclusion (Part 2) Photography is the art of exclusion. This is made more challenging especially during the midst of all the wedding activities. With so much activities going on, how do I choose what to exclude in the heat of things?

The shot below will likely only be familiar with chinese couples. The famous gatecrashing that grooms go through. And the beautiful hand below only has one mission - The red packet filled with money to "bribe" the gatekeeper to open the gate.

A hand that tells the story.

Speaking of hands and exclusion

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My sadistic desire I've always enjoyed covering gatecrashing. This is a chinese wedding tradition in which the groom has to overcome the sometimes inhuman challenges set forth by the bride's entourage of femme fatales to guard her.

And here's the groom's Swat team

Putting the SWAT team through the various trials and tribulatons

More trials

The highs

The tearful victory

In a matter of 1 hour, I constantly bear witness to the emotional roller coaster of grooms gatecrashing to win their brides. It's like watching a drama live except it will always have a beautiful happy ending. So to all those future brides and femme fetales, unleash the beast. muahahaha


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The art of exclusion (Part 1)

Digital film signature: Film (color): Kodak Portra 160

It was hovering around 12 pm under the scorching Singapore sun. This was the last shot taken after a shoot around Bishan Park and we decided to take a breakI couldnt resist this perfect setup. They were very much in their own world - Simplicity at it's best.

While painting is the art of inclusion. Photography stands at the opposite end of this spectrum. Photography is the art of exclusion. Knowing what I want in the shot which most often at times is beyond my control.





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Et tu Tony - To edit or not to edit Kodak Tri-X 400 push 2, Carlton Hotel

I loved this shot the moment it was developed. Absolute bliss. Frozen in time. I can imagine myself seeing this picture 10 years on and it's still timeless.

Yet, there was a flaw in this picture given the bride was absolutely tired out from all the preparation. I needed to freshen her up. I had to take a technical call. To edit or not to edit? I couldn't resist the need to tone down the flaws and retain what I loved about this shot. I dabbled. 

How much do I edit?  We all want to remember the happiness, prettiest moment on perhaps one of the most important event of our lives. As a photojournalist, my mission is to capture what was real. This has resulted in very candid pictures which I love. Yet, at the same time, I am a wedding photographer. It is my duty to ensure the pictures shows its best front. And placing the photos side by side, I know I had to go with the edited shot. Et tu, Tony.

This often poises the greatness dilemma as I process my shots for delivery. Read somewhere once on limitations of photoshop when I started out as a wedding photographer

"You can make a good picture great, but not a lousy picture good". Quote UNKNOWN

This statement stuck with me. Photoshop is a tool to really bring out the best in a shot. Underscore "Best in a shot".

That has been my guiding principle since. I cannot avoid a tired couple, or a hand that jumps into the picture, yet if it was a good shot, it is my duty to make it great.



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How do I capture candid pictures the way I do?

This is one very common question I get asked a lot by my couples in various ways. Do you hide? Wow, you seem larger in person. How does the couple not notice you?

In general, while they like the natural, candid pictures, they do wonder if I was hiding or somehow made myself really, really inconspicuous. At 172 cm, I'm not exactly petite and neither do I have Harry Potter's invisible cloak.

Unknown to my couples, I am actually trained in the shadow arts of Bunjingan Ninjutsu to hide myself. "Be there and not there" my sensei will say. Man, it would be so cool to say that but no. Hey it's my blog :P 

It's really down to my personality and photography is an extension of my personality. I possess a curious appetite questioning everything for as young as I can remember and to top it off, I enjoy people watching. Thinking to myself what the conversation may be based on their body language. I started off doing street photography before lending myself to wedding photography and it's a lot of fun. Reading their body language, and with lotsa experience, anticipating and visualizing a perfect frame for the picture, I move to the right spot and thankfully the right time.

It helps very much that I avoid using flashes wherever possible only taking photos in natural light creating a less intrusive condition for capturing my couples.

So how do I capture pictures the way I do? It's just me :)

And hey, I get caught too, sometimes.


Bride 1 vs Tony 800

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My perfect imperfections


Digital Camera technology has made amazing advancements over the last decade. Since the first Minolta Digital camera (Dynax/Maxxum 7D) was first introduced in 2004. What was hailed as a breakthrough in sensor resolution back then, 6.1 megapixel, by the way, it's has become commonplace that my iPhone can easier surpass. 

You can easily find clean,crisp, noiseless pictures with vibrant colors pictures taken on a mobile phone camera with. Made a few bad shots? Take more til you get it. The color didnt look right? Slap a few mobile phone based photo editing apps and viola! - beautiful monochrome photos. 

Covering wedding in both film and digital medium is an exciting emotional roller coast of having delayed and instant gratification of seeing how your shots turn out. And it's mostly good. This developed shot came as a pleasant surprise 2 weeks after the wedding. While some technical errors are generally acceptable, there were 2 errors above. A light leak and technically an underexposed smile of the bride.

I love it. My Perfect Imperfections.


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Why Sony camera for wedding photography? (Part 2)  

Sensors sensors sensors.

This is a lesser known fact for most consumers. Did you know 40% of all camera were made by Sony?

This is the heart of the camera itself that renders the amazing color and the dynamic range between the highlight and shadow detail.


Moving LCD screen:

Wedding photography is very dynamic with lotsa fun activities going on. People moving around. Getting a clean line for shooting sometimes just doesn’t happen the way you want it. An viola, the moving screen instantly increases my ability to snipe from an alternative angle.

ISO performance and SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization

Here's the technical description:

"This camera features Sony's SteadyShot technology for image stabilization within the camera. By reducing camera shake at the camera level you can achieve shake compensation up to 2.5-4.5 stops in shutter speed. This technology is compatible with any Sony Alpha lens."

ISO impacts the picture quality period. The ability to handhold shots in low light condition with stabilization allows me to take a low light shot at the lowest ISO setting possible.


Am I saying here that Sony is the BEST camera for wedding photography? I believe all the brands out there have their strengths and weaknesses. For me, t’s best for me simply because it suits my shooting style and having used Sony DSLTs from their 1st generation, I’ve grown to know it’s strength and weaknesses. 

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Why Sony camera for wedding photography? (Part 1)


This has to be the most often asked question. For many, DSLR is solidly entrenched in Canon and Nikon. All camera systems comes with its fair share of pros and cons. 

So why Sony? Fundamentally, it has a lot to do with my shooting style.

1.      Electronic viewfinder.

The game changer. With liveview in the viewfinder, you can see exposure changes and a accurate depth of field preview. It’s a wonderful time saver and I know I got the shot I wanted without checking the back of my camera.

2. Auto-Focus in more ways than one!

Liveview AF:

This has got to do largely with my shooting style. With optical viewfinder DSLR, using the LCD screen to capture a shot has a trade-off by default of the focusing system, Contrast-Detect AF (CDAF). Issues include SLOWER focusing. This is by far the killer. Imagine capturing the moment 2 seconds late and EVERYTIME.

For Sony, I quote "Utilizing the Translucent Mirror technology, the autofocus system is able to continuously monitor the image frame and alter the autofocus quickly and responsively. Two phase contrast sensors, a 19-point sensor above the translucent mirror and a 102-point focal plane phase detection sensor, work together to deliver greatly improved subject tracking performance and increased precision." This is why Sony does not have DSLR. They have DSLT (ranslucent)s

Sounds great on paper, but does it perform well in real life conditions? I have been with Sony since their first DSLT, A33. And with each generation, the focusing just got better.

3. Zeiss Lenses!!

The drool worthy Zeiss with Autofocus! Nuff said! Scratch that. Couple Zeiss with a killer Super fast Sony SuperSonic Motor (SSM) Autofocus system!


Sony Full Frame Alpha 99


Sony 50mm F1.4 Zeiss

Sony 24-70mm Zeiss

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Marcin & Jingyi River weddingRiver weddingsolemnization, river, fullerton, Mandarin Oriental, marcin, jingyi, boat quay, outdoor

River weddingRiver weddingsolemnization, river, fullerton, Mandarin Oriental, marcin, jingyi, boat quay, outdoor

River weddingRiver weddingsolemnization, river, fullerton, Mandarin Oriental, marcin, jingyi, boat quay, outdoor


As a wedding photographer, it is always wonderful hearing how love can come about in different places. Marcin has spent his whole life in Poland and fate would have it their path would intertwine.

Besides my love for post editing my couples' photos, one other joy is hearing how my couple got to know each other.


Marcin & Jing Yi’s cinematic gallery can be found here. Enjoy.


Solemnization: River cruise, Boat Quay

Banquet: Mandarin Oriental

Photography: Tony Eng

Photography & Art Direction: Tony Eng /Mood for Light

Gear: Sony Full Frame Alpha 99 with Sony 50mm F1.4 Zeiss

Digital film signature: Film (color): Kodak Portra 160

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My Schrodinger's cat: “Choice choice choice” Seeing a beautifully taken shot each time never fails to have multiple versions in my head all at the same time - in multiples shade of color and monochromes. This is perhaps the single source of my greatest joy and frustration. 

Post editing is a destructive process and is completely sealed once done. But until I decide, it's my schrodinger's cat. While I will have the digital negative to edit a 1000 times over, the difficult part is always the ONE that I want to present to the world. Which do you prefer? Monochrome or Color? 

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Beautiful wedding of Gerard and Ee Sang at Skyve and Min Jiang Gerard & EeSang

This is easily one of my favorite shots for Gerard and Ee Sang. Without me realizing it til much later on, I've always enjoyed people watching. This to me is the most beautiful part in a couple, them in their own element.

My preference has always been to have my couples ignore me and just enjoy being with each other. 

While my preference has always been monochrome pictures, all photos taken are in full vibrant color. I love post rendering the colors to reflect the vibrancy and “film-likeness”.


Gerard & Ee Sang’s cinematic gallery can be found here. Enjoy.


Church: Church of Holy Spirit

Banquet: Min Jiang, Skyve

Live band: High Notes

Photography: Tony Eng

Photography & Art Direction: Tony Eng /Mood for Light

Gear: Sony Full Frame Alpha 99 with Sony 50mm F1.4 Zeiss

Digital film signature: Film (color): Kodak Portra 160

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