Our D.I.Y. Pre-wedding Photoshoot

Posted on January 22nd, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Pre-wedding. 28 comments

Danny and Kathleen's Pre-Wedding Photos
As we were planning our wedding last year, friends would often jokingly ask me “So… will you be photographing your own wedding?” I thought: of course not, that would be close to impossible. But shooting our own pre-wedding photos was a different story. There would be a lot of limitations to work around with, but I thought what the heck… let’s just try it out. At the very least, we would have fun doing it, right? So we did.

The first thing we agreed on was we wanted the photos to be meaningful and interesting in a way that it represents our relationship. So we listed down the activities we do together, even down to the usual mundane stuff like work… sleep… watch movie… fight… run… etc. Once we’ve finalized the list, we started planning out how to photograph each.

Now capturing a natural candid moment like what I often do in the street was not going to be possible with a camera on timer mounted on a tripod, so we put on our creative thinking caps and figured out what we could do. Multiple exposures, long exposures, and digital composites came to mind. I’ve always wanted to experiment with this, so we agreed and went to work.

behind the scenes

We had a blast. The whole thing spanned for a few weeks, shooting on weekends and after office hours. One time, we shot in the office and had to wait until all our officemates went home, then I set up the camera on tripod and shot multiple exposures of us monkeying around the place.

Pre wedding engagement photo at the office

Another time we went to Orchard Road and other streets in Singapore and took long exposure shots of ourselves in the middle of the crowd. I couldn’t find a remote trigger for my camera, so after setting up the camera on tripod, I asked the help of my fiancee’s sister to click the shutter on cue. Fortunately, she obliged. Thanks, Jopay :)

Pre wedding engagement photo in orchard road

We didn’t get to plan everything out, but we just went with it and made it up as we went along. It was a good sign that we both would laugh out loud when we reviewed the shots afterwards.

Pre wedding engagement photo

Pre wedding engagement photo

The result was a 12×12 hard cover photo book that also doubled as our guest book for our visitors to sign in their wishes.

pre-wedding photo book

It’s almost like a scrapbook containing various style and content, using old and new photos that show different aspects of our relationship, providing a sneak peek of what we do, where we go, how we love.

We had absolute fun working on the book. There were moments of disagreement (just like any married couple) but we eventually pulled through. In the end, we’re very happy with what we came up with. It’s not your usual grand dress-up-and-pose smiles-and-kisses romantic pre-wedding photos… but it’s us… and we made it ourselves :)

To see all the photos, you can view the pdf here.

Big thanks to Andrew of JCS Digital Solutions for making the book happen. They printed the book in one week just in time for our flight back to the Philippines for the big day. Also big thanks to Ly Yeow for the beautiful art work you did for the cover. You guys rock!

28 thoughts on “Our D.I.Y. Pre-wedding Photoshoot

  1. Danny, I’m so (goodly) jealous! You two look like you really have a good time together, and I love the action sequences…way to really make use of practically everything! The sneak preview photos are stellar…opening up the PDF now!

  2. Congratulations to both of you! Love the idea, effort and work you’ve put into these lovely images of you both! Thanks for sharing it to us. All the best!

  3. Wow Danny – u guys are super creative! Love this! Thank you for sharing. Wishing you both the best for your Marriage. May your love grow from strength to strength.

  4. stumbled upon your pics while researching for ideas for a friends pre wedding.
    i must say thank you. drew a lot of inspiration from your shots.
    congratulations and please, keep the photos coming :)

  5. Dear Danny,

    I discovered your blog today and was very surprised when I realized that you were the photographer that did my school’s (Raffles Girls’ School) corporate photoshoot this week! I am one of those whom you photographed.

    Your work is amazing. It has not only given me the guts to ask strangers whether I can photograph them, but your dedication and hard work has also really inspired me to work harder to improve my skills in photography :-) Thank you very much.

    Excited to see how the photos turn out. Keep doing what you’re doing, and congratulations! :-)

    • Thank you, Tiffany! You guys were great, really easy to work with :) It’s a good thing you’re starting out photography early.. don’t take that for granted. Try as much as possible to learn more and shoot more. Thanks again :)

  6. Awesome sets… I plan to DIY too but I am only a beginner… can give me some tips on your shooting, I plan to do chronological events between me and my fiancée… what sets of camera you use?

  7. Hi!

    Thank you sooooooooooooo much for this! and thank you for recommending the DIY online store. I’m gonna do just that for all my significant events in my life!

    Much thanks! You guys are awesome! Brilliant effort and ideas! =)

  8. Superb blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?

    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but
    I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress
    or go for a paid option? There are so many choices
    out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any ideas?
    Appreciate it!

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