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Vivid Moments Photography

October 28th, 2011 by Jeannine

Vivid Moments Photography

The photographs of Scott Robert Lim were what prompted Raymond Chou to pick up a camera. After a few years of practice, he decided to bring his camera along to a friend’s wedding and he snapped some shots. That experience made him realize that a career in photography was for him. He took some courses at Langara and after learning more techniques from photography mentors, scouring the internet and studying a lot of photography books, he eventually took on clients. He has a background in fashion photography but weddings are his true passion. In the 3 years he’s been working, he has shot and assisted in at least 30 weddings so far.

Vivid Moments Photography is a Richmond-based company and is comprised of Raymond and his two trusted second shooters, Josh and Annie. One thing that makes them unique is that Annie is also a professional makeup artist. If Annie is second shooting for your wedding, she has the ability to do some simple touch-ups to your makeup, at no extra cost. If you want a whole new look, Annie can accommodate you but it will be an extra charge and you’ll have to sacrifice some of Annie’s shooting time.

The starting price for wedding packages is $2,000 for 8 hours. All packages include:

  • 2 photographers
  • engagement session
  • artistic editing of all images
  • high resolution images on DVD’s
  • slideshow
  • private online gallery

Other services they offer is family portraits, backdrop photobooth, and eventually they have plans to provide boudoir shoots, shot by Annie. They also have packages that include high end leather albums that start at $3,500. Stay updated with their company by liking their Facebook page or following him on Twitter.

A Few Words With Raymond…

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I like dealing with people, I love interacting with people. I love seeing people happy in their photos, and you don’t see people happier than when you look at their wedding photos. I like interacting with all that.”

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“Because I’m still not at the point where I shoot 30-40 weddings a year, I will take on gigs where the bride’s budget is not at that level. it just means that I’ll customize it a bit, maybe I won’t offer as many photos, or I won’t be as heavy on the post-processing or re-touching, or if they have already done the engagement session with someone else, I can just take a bit off because my packages include engagement sessions. ”

Do you draw inspiration from other photographers?
“I was actually inspired by another wedding photographer, his name is Scott Robert Lim, based in the States and now he’s a celebrity wedding photographer. I would also like to add that one of my major current influences is a photographer by the name of Jerry Ghionis. You might have heard this name before from other photographers as he’s considered among the top 5 wedding photographers in the world.”

What is your most creative shot and how did you come up with it?
“When it comes to weddings, creativity has more to do with a feeling than a setup. It’s a close-up photo of a bride that’s just the neck up but she has a veil on her face, which to me was very beautiful, very timeless.”

What part of the wedding is your most favourite to shoot and why?
“I would say that I really do like the ceremony, the first look photos, when the bride and groom see each other for the first time. You can see in the groom’s eyes, that’s when the emotions are high. That’s when you realize it, wow I’m gonna get married, you’re gonna be my wife and I’m gonna be your husband. I also really enjoy photographing pre-reception photos because you have some room for creativity as well and at that point they have more freedom than they would have any other point in the day.”

Where is your favourite place to shoot in Vancouver and why?
“Granville Island has everything, it has wide landscapes… at the same time it has lots of colour and vibrancy. I love colour in photos and although Stanley Park and all those places are pretty amazing too, it’s very green. They (Granville Island) have all the elements, they have the architecture if you want those kinds of shots, they have heritage as well and they also have the green type of environment as well, you can get everything there.”

If you had one piece of advice for the bride and groom, what would it be?
“When choosing your photographer, I highly recommend getting the same photographer for your engagement and wedding day. You want to have a relationship already built with this photographer and not just a good relationship in terms of having a good conversation with each other but also when it comes to working with a camera as well. You want to be used to that photographer pointing their camera at you on your wedding day. You don’t want to be a deer in headlights on your wedding day with a photographer who’s never shot you before so have a really good relationship with your photographer come your wedding day so they’ll know what you want, what makes you comfortable and you’ll know what to expect from them as well.”

To contact Raymond, visit his website.
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