Serena and Jonathan's Engagement Session in Central, Hong Kong

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Serena and Jonathan first met in the UK but now live in Singapore. They met each other working together (another work couple!) at Industrial Light & Magic. I'm not much of a Star Wars fan but I do consider myself a bit of a movie buff and in my mind I can't think of many other cooler jobs than making movies at ILM. During one of their recent visits to Hong Kong we shot engagement photos around Central and I had to restrain myself from asking all sorts of gushy questions about their work. Fortunately they had no problems focusing on each other and ignoring me and my camera. In fact, for every location we stopped at it wouldn't be more than a minute before they were making each other laugh. I couldn't help but to think that this is how all engagement sessions should be - casual, simple and fun. Its a beautiful thing to see a couple that were naturally made for each other and a privilege to be able to photograph - very much looking forward to their Hong Kong wedding later this year!

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Julie and Jesse's engagement session in Hong Kong

Engagement couple in front of blue wall in Central Mid-levels, Hong Kong

Like so many of us that have ex-patriated from the US to Asia, Jesse eventually landed in Hong Kong. He originally met his fiancé Julie in Washington DC and proposed to her in their prior city - Taipei. They have been living in HK for a few years now, so they already had some ideas for shots to take. We chatted over coffee and decided on a very casual engagement portrait session at a few locations they particularly liked - SoHo Mid-levels, Central and Shek O.

Julie and Jesse are getting married next year in Honduras!

Pre-wedding photo in front of Legislative Council Building in Central, HK
Engagement photo kissing outside Legislative Council Building in Central, HK
Western-style engagement photos at Shek O Beach
Western-style pre-wedding photo at Shek O Beach

Yvonne and Michael's engagement - Central Park, New York

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Before heading to Montreal to shoot Yvonne and Michael's wedding, I had a chance to grab both of them after work in New York on a Friday afternoon to take some engagement session photos. We decided to walk around what is probably one of the most photographed areas of the city, Central Park. But since I started my photography professionally after my move from New York, I never really had a chance to properly photograph it. So I was particularly excited to get some pre-wedding portraits with the green foliage background and various architecture that is much harder to find in Hong Kong.

We hung out around the Bethesda Fountain area, where Yvonne and Michael showed off their ballroom dance skills (I later found out that the waltz was rehearsal for their first dance)!

More to come from the wedding day shortly...

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Pre-wedding session photo taken on a Central Park bench in New York City
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