ABOUT ME

WELCOME

Hi! I’m Jonathan and I’m a fine art wedding photographer based in the beautiful city of Perth, but I’m more than happy to document weddings all over the world!

I live in a little house with my wife, Kenaina, who’s a calligrapher (check out her work here), and our adopted little dachshund, Jazzy, who loves spending her days in a eat-sleep-bark cycle.

I love travelling (Japan is my all time favourite destination), watching movies (I probably spend way too many hours on Netflix), and photography (duh I know, but I really do love it). My love of people watching is what got me into photography, and I’ve been shooting for a little over 10 years now, with 2 of those spent shooting weddings. The best thing about being a wedding photographer is that I get to meet people madly in love and document their love story. If that’s not a dream job I don’t know what is!

When I think of the word “wedding”, three words come to mind – Celebration, Marriage, Love. To me, a wedding is a celebration marking the beginning of a marriage, but the most important thing is love. Without love there can be no successful marriage, and without a successful marriage a wedding means nothing. I make it my duty to document those in-between moments during your celebration, to translate that into a tangible form where you can not only pass it down to future generations, but also to reflect back during the tougher times in your marriage, to remind you of the vows you’ve made to love each other, for better or for worse.

On a lighter note, here are some more random fun facts about me, in no particular order:

  • I love dogs, especially corgis and dachshunds, Facebook and Youtube picked up on this early last year.
  • I’m a massive Harry Potter fan. Once a friend’s family organised a HP themed party for her – there was a quiz section designed for the birthday girl to win (they assumed that she was the biggest fan there); I beat her to almost every question!
  • I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan too – my wife zones out when I start telling her about the lore and history of Middle Earth.
  • I grew up in Malaysia. Other than English, I speak Mandarin and Malay (not that well, considering that it’s the national language). I would love to learn either Japanese or Italian (we’ve been talking about moving to either Tokyo or Venice for a while, let’s see if it really happens).
  • Speaking of Japan, it’s the best place ever! My wife reckoned I was overhyping myself when we were on our honeymoon, but guess what!? IT WAS FREAKING AWESOME!!! Waaay better than what I expected. Get in touch if you guys want some recommendations about what to do in Tokyo (we were there for 3.5 weeks when we last went).
  • I love Japanese food, especially sushi. I’m almost always craving sushi (Jaws along Hay St and Modern Eatery in Mt Lawley are my favourites in Perth).
  • I love shooting film and collecting lots of film cameras.
  • I love smelling new rolls of film. My wife worries that I’ll die from the fumes one day, but I think it’s worth it.
  • I like cleaning my ears with q-tips, even though I know that I shouldn’t.
  • Clowns scare me. Snails and pitcher plants terrify me too.
  • It probably comes as part of the job, but I always analyse and comment on the camera work when watching movies.
  • I was in software before going full time into wedding photography, sometimes I still code for fun.
  • My favourite vegetable is lettuce, because it usually comes with a burger.

HOW I WORK

Being a fine art wedding photographer means that I aim to document your day not just accurately but also in the most beautiful way possible – I take a photojournalistic approach for most parts of the day, but if it requires me to insert myself into a scene to provide you with more beautiful images, then that is what I will do!

I’m also an avid film shooter. I find that film produces images that has this organic, soft, and dreamy quality that is difficult to reproduce in digital – the tonal qualities, the colour, and the texture of it is just out of this world! I love the timeless feel of film, but I also recognise the speed & reliability of digital. As my client, you will get the best of both worlds!

My kind of couples are super relaxed, and the last thing they want is a photographer who is super cheesy and makes them pose all day. My wedding photography style is super chill. I capture all the special and beautiful moments, and let you guys get on with having an awesome time! For me the best part about a wedding day is the quiet in-between moments – when you’ve just walked out of the ceremony and it finally hits you that you’re now husband and wife! Or that little look of love you guys shared when you thought that everyone was focused on the celebrant talking!

Your wedding is all about marrying your best friend. You don’t care about formalities or having all the “things” – you just want to have an awesome time together, partying the day (and night!) away with your favourite friends and family!

If this sounds like you, and you don’t think I’m a total weirdo (or maybe you do and you like it!) then get in touch!