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Five Things I Learned About Live Streaming as a Virtual Wedding Guest

BTS of Stanley & Natalie’s live streamed wedding, Luther Centre Petaling Jaya.

2020 was the year our services at Stories naturally progressed to include live streaming as well. As one of the photo curators for our blog, I now see more images of family members holding devices with their loved ones on screen during group photos and such. Technology has definitely become the only bridge for many of us who have friends and family across the globe.

However, experiencing what it’s like to be a virtual guest at my brother’s wedding made me really appreciate the wonders of hybrid events! It also made me see how a live streamed wedding involves more than just cool technology. It takes thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and everyone to play their role.

Here’s what I learned as a virtual wedding guest:

1. Different camera angles make all the difference

The couple had made the effort to provide two camera angles for us virtual guests to enjoy. One was placed at the aisle, so we could get a close up of their expressions as they made their vows. What an honour! The other was at the corner, giving us a wider view of the whole stage and the first row of guests who were physically present. It was nice to see the crowd’s reaction even from behind. It felt “like the real thing”.

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Yuin Quan’s 21st Birthday

We’ll admit, we’re starting to really love cosy parties. Yuin Quan celebrated her 21st with her closest friends and family at the gorgeous Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Kuala Lumpur. It was a simple affair… just dinner, cake cutting, and photos. But because the exquisite decor and guest outfits were so glamourous, it almost felt like a wedding! The birthday lady herself was adorned in a bejewelled gown for the occasion.

While everyone enjoyed the oysters, cocktails, and warm company… we were just glad to be there to capture all details of the day!

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A Mini Studio Family Photoshoot: Jason & Xian

It’s Jason, Xian, and their baby James’ first photoshoot together as a family. James was barely a year old in these photos! We had 30-minutes with them at our studio – not a lot of time for a baby to warm up with strangers, but in the end… everything turned out alright. Mummy played his favourite game of peek-a-boo and daddy gave him snuggles. That was good enough to bring out his little smile for the camera. Phew!

We also had some pampas grass decor in the background for this one. Xian loves the Korean culture and they remind us of Jeju’s gorgeous autumn Eulala flower. It suited this little family perfectly!

 

Credits

Photos by Chris

Maternity Studio Session: Iris Teo

A maternity session never fails to delight us, especially when we get to work with couples like Iris and her husband. They were relaxed, lovable, and totally excited about the coming of their little one. I mean, who wouldn’t be!

Speaking of which, did you know that fetus is the Latin word for “little one”? How adorable!

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Kyle’s Birthday Party at Carey Island’s Mangrove Swamp

This is by far the messiest outdoor kids party we’ve ever photographed… but probably the most fun too! We’re talking mud, paint, and a totally cool slippery soap slide! Alex and Grace decided to throw their son a 6th year old birthday he’ll remember for life. Kyle’s older sister, Krysta helped with the set up as the guests began to arrive for the picnic. After everyone had full bellies and nice clean photos… it was time for a gruelling hike through the mangrove forest.

Because this took place during monsoon season, kids had the experience of hiking through knee-high mud. It was a challenge, but they all made it through. After a refreshing dip in the pond, paint buckets, water guns, and soap suds were brought out. You could see how much the adults had missed this sorta thing too.

And did Kyle have a good time? He most certainly did!

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