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Vancity Vendor:
Nadia Hung Photography

January 18th, 2013 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Nadia Hung Photography

Watching her photographs materializing in a high school darkroom was how a teenaged Nadia Hung realized that photography had to be a part of her life. She continued her hobby after graduating and started documenting her travels. After seeing the photos from her trip, a friend invited her to Thailand to shoot her destination wedding. Having no wedding experience at the time, she was up for the challenge and hopped on the plane. She loved every minute of it and capturing the most genuine emotions and unforgettable moments were the icing on the cake. Nadia is just breaking out into the industry and is looking forward to this year’s wedding season.

Nadia Hung Photography specializes in wedding photography but also does engagement sessions, maternity and newborn portraits, as well as creative projects. Nadia also likes to delve in shooting with film, as well as digital. Wedding packages start at $2,500 which includes two photographers, both digital cameras & medium format film cameras, a two hour engagement session, photo retouching, a disc of high-resolution images, but she is willing to customize to whatever the couple needs. You can find her at her Granville and Broadway studio but she is more than happy to meet at a mutually agreed on location. She’d love to get to know you and hear your story to fully understand your expectations, so if you’re interested, contact her on her website or keep up with her on Facebook and Twitter.

A Few Words With Nadia…

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“I strive to offer the highest standard of photography and tailor wedding packages according to brides’ with different budgets. Shooting with both film & digital, I aim to meet my clients’ needs and provide them with the most beautiful memories of their special day.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“I choose to shoot both digital and film because the combination of two different media make my photographs unique and organic. In my opinion, film offers the best medium for color palettes and lighting effects that define my work. I approach wedding photography with a romantic and fine art sensibility. I play the role of art director when I photograph, and I always direct and make an effort to style all my clients. Brides and grooms naturally glow with love so it’s really my job to pick the best light, time and setting to make that transcendental moment happen for them. I think that’s crucial, since people are naturally not models by nature, so it’s up to the photographer to make the subject look natural and photogenic. I am very selective when it comes to lighting and angle, and I will compose my photos according to the unique features of my subject; it’s the utmost principle I keep in mind when I photograph.”

How would you describe your shooting and photo editing style? Why do you like to shoot on film?
“My shooting style is all about anticipation. I set the composition and angle relative to the light and then wait for the magical moments to happen within the frame. In terms of photo editing style, I would describe my editing style as genuine, fresh and whimsical. I love shooting with film because of its texture, depth and colors and the end result is definitely something digital photography cannot imitate. However, having said that, I do think that there is a time and place for digital photography, especially for the spontaneous action shots, and that’s why I always carry two cameras with me at all times.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“The fact that it feels least like a job! I love photographing genuine emotions especially at weddings and engagement sessions. For me the greatest satisfaction is not only the feeling of having captured the narrative perfectly and stylishly, but also having ensured that all the key participants have a great set of emotive photographs that will bring this fantastic day flooding back for years to come. Knowing that these photos could be passed on from generation to generation makes me love and appreciate my job even more.”

What was the most creative shot you took and how did you come up with it?
“I did an engagement photoshoot of Ksenia & Kevin this past summer and I used the concept of the french movie Le Balloon Rouge. To me, the red balloon represented love and happiness and that was the central theme of the photoshoot. We had a lot of fun with the red balloon, (especially the floating shot!) and the photos turned out to be rather poetic and exceptionally memorable for the couple. They later told me how touched they were to see the result, as the photographs really encapsulated the essence of their relationship and to me that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”

Which part of the wedding is your most favourite to shoot and why?
“My favorite part of the wedding is when the couples have just exchanged their vows, kissed as man & wife and walked down the aisle with everyone’s blessing and cheering. It’s a significant moment for the couple and both their families and you can really feel the energy and spot the most genuine expressions and emotions. The look on their faces is one of pure bliss and joy. Being a part of their happiest day is what makes me feel so blessed.”

Where is your favourite place/part of the city to take pictures for a shoot?
“My favorite place would be Jericho Beach, with the willows trees, long reeds and rabbits hopping around. The sunset there is always stunning with amazing lights. I am very lucky to be a photographer in Vancouver for all the beautiful landscapes that it has to offer.”

Do you draw inspiration from other photographers?
“Yes I do, especially photographers such as Saul Leiter, Vivian Maier and Steve Mcurry but I am also very much inspired by films with the latest being the cinematography of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“My advice would be to sit back, enjoy the special day and to just soak up all the happiness and blessings. Just remember that the love & magic is in you, simply allow the photographer to capture the moments and turn the memories into life!”

To contact Nadia, visit her website.
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  • January 18th, 2013 at 2:18 pm
    Whitney Lane Arnett says:

    So nice to get to know more local photogs

  • January 22nd, 2013 at 7:39 am
    bridesire says:

    That was really awesome photography. It was telling the viewer about how gracious this wedding is. I really love the details of the wedding, as well as the gown of the bride which was very stunning! It was really a genuine happiness that both the groom and the bride is having. It was really beautiful and very romantic! I just wished to have the same wedding as this one.

    P.S. Kudos to the Photographer!



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