Located on Alexandra Road, Richmond, HN Wedding photo studio is one of the many Taiwanese photography studios in town. As with Wedding Story, Al and I had reviewed the website before visiting the studio in person.
When we went into HN Weddings, the receptionist is helping another couple finalize their photo album (they were choosing pictures for printing) so we took a seat at one of the two glass tables (the chairs have white chair covers which looked really nice). Jackson, the lead photographer, showed us a few albums, explaining the technique they use such as maximizing the use of natural lighting to create shadows and the composure of the picture. I really enjoyed listening on Jackson’s interpretations because it explains more than what my eyes were telling me.
Vivian, the receptionist, greeted us after the other couple left and she began by showing us some photos on her computer. They were the pre-wedding photos taken of the couples in the printed albums we saw. We also saw the pictures the previous couple had took. It was nice to compare how they look in real life to their photos. I’m glad to see that the makeup was light yet still able to make the bride really pretty. I’m not a fan of makeups so the less they use, the happier I’ll be. Vivian also showed us some wedding day photos. She pointed out stuff such as colour contrast, shadow/highlights as well as the conditions of wedding day and how the photographers managed to make the pictures look very natural. For example, it was raining for one of the weddings, so the bride and groom took photos at the restaurant (Seasons in the Park at Queen Elizabeth Park) instead. However they had decorated the restaurants with candles and soft lighting so it’s actually pretty dark indoors.The photographers were able to still take beautiful pictures utilizing the natural lighting of the candles instead of relying on flash, which sometimes make the photos turn out too bright (white).
HN Wedding offers something that I didn’t see in any other studios and that is night photo shoot. Evening, such as sun-set photos, are included in the regular photo packages. Night photos are a separate add-ons you can include in the photo package of your choice. Usually night photo shoot take place in the evening around 7 – 8pm, when the sky is completely dark. It’ll probably be later in the summer as day time is longer. I’ve seen a few stunning photos of night photo shoots but as Vivian pointed out, it is quite tiresome. In order to have the dark sky as the background, you have to stay until really late at night. Most people do the photo shoot in one day (if you do it on a separate day there’ll be added cost) so you’ll be standing for about 12 hours or more.
After looking at the many photos, Vivian presented us with several photography packages for pre-wedding which range from $2,000 – $5,000. Each package includes an album (they are of different size), signing scroll, thank you cards, enlargement with frame of a certain size and a set number of gown rentals. All package includes gown rental for the day of the wedding also. For wedding day photography, HN Wedding only have one package. It has an unlimited coverage time with two photographers and includes all the negatives plus an in-store credit you can use for printing photos.
I have requested to see their studio area as well as the dresses they have. As there were a couple of girls trying out dresses for a shoot, Vivian had to ask if they were alright with having us visit the studio area. After we got the OK from the ladies, we head upstairs to the dressing and studio room. There were racks of dresses and a very nice lounge chair/sofa with two fitting rooms. There were less wedding gowns to choose from when compared to Wedding Story but they do have more evening gowns. The other end of the studio are set up with props for in-door photos. The room has big, almost floor to ceiling windows to allow for a lot of natural lighting.
Both Al and I found that HN Wedding photography style is one of the best we’ve seen. The makeup, lighting and the composition are all very natural, unlike those which I call “high school grad photo” like shots found in other studios. Before we visited HN Wedding, I had heard that their dresses were out of date. However, when I saw the racks of gowns myself, I found that their dresses are more “out there”. It’s definitely not the ones you’d see at a prom. Vivian had pointed out that they try to have a selection of dresses for brides who wish to look more sexy or different for her wedding photos. I can understand why. You probably won’t fork out a few thousands dollars to take some fashion photos. At least I wouldn’t. There is this black gown that I have my eyes on, as well as a white wedding dress that has a flowery design sewn on with black thread. It really stood out and considering black is a taboo colour for a Chinese wedding, I’m tempted to use it in the wedding photos.
PS: We’ve chosen HN Weddings for our pre-wedding and wedding day photos. My friends who are getting married next year (who originally wanted to take the pre-wedding pictures in Taiwan) booked with HN Wedding after I recommended it to them (they have also checked out 2-3 other studios before making a decision). If you wish you can use me as a referral, send me an email or leave a comment.
8611 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Tel: (604) 207-9825 or (604) 518-1768