It is so nice to be interviewed by Wedding Scoop. I guess it is always good to know about the photographer who will be capturing your wedding.
From Wedding Scoop, Singapore
"His romantic, light-filled images have been featured on the most coveted weddings blogs and today, we're thrilled to be introducing him to our readers in the region where he is keen to travel and shoot. For Ben Yew, wedding photography is all about finding the magic in every union and capturing the gorgeous details and moments that should stand still forever."
TWS: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience as a photographer.
Ben: I am an Australian-based photographer but originally from Malaysia. I have captured various traditional weddings from Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese to Australian which is inclusive of Italian, Greek and English amongst others. And the most interesting wedding that I have experienced was the result of different cultures combined into one wedding. More recently, I shot the wedding of a Vietnamese couple. Although both of their parents are from Vietnam, the couple are very much a blend of both Australian and Vietnamese cultures. They planned a 2 day wedding. The first day was the Vietnamese-styled wedding and the second was the Australian-styled wedding. It was such an awesome celebration which combined both of these cultures together. The feedback I received from capturing this wedding was, "It's so interesting to see your light-filled candid moments captured so beautifully regardless of the different cultures."
I guess what I have realised from this is that no matter where you are or which culture you are from, the main thing about photographing weddings is to capture a lot of fine details, photojournalistic ceremonies, candid and real moments and of course, plenty of emotion and love from everyone.
TWS: How did you get into wedding photography? Did you always know you wanted to shoot weddings?
Ben: My wife was the one who introduced me to wedding photography. We were searching for our own wedding photographer then, but we decided to get someone new in the industry due to budget constraints which we have come to regret since. Our actual day wedding photographer lost all our photos, and I mean everything! My wife’s friend helped out on that day, but he was also a guest, so we did manage to get some photos at least. It was then I recognised how important wedding photos are and since we had researched quite a lot on pre-wedding photographers, I realised I really love wedding photography. At that point in time, I had just picked up a new DSLR and decided to try it out by doing wedding photography on weekends, I knew then this is what I wanted to do and I'm very glad it worked out for me!
TWS: What’s your philosophical approach to shooting wedding photos?
Ben: I believe that wedding photos should not just look beautiful, they must have true meaning or stories behind them.
TWS: What are your top 3 tips for couples who don’t know what to do in front of the camera?
Ben: Tip 1) Close your eyes and take a deep breath, Tip 2 ) Have a drink, Tip 3) Bring along a few props that you can use. Something that will make you feel comfortable.
TWS: What makes a photo picture perfect?
Ben: It's a combination of the right light, the right composition and the finest moment.
TWS: Tell us one thing that photographers really appreciate that most couples may not know about.
Ben: One of the most important parts of photography is to feel comfortable. Comfy clothes are very important. Comfy doesn’t mean untidy, but it can be elegant or sweet yet still comfortable so that you don’t have to worry about your clothes falling off or getting dirty and just focus on the person you love.
TWS: What’s your absolute favorite moment when shooting a couple?
Ben: The finest moment when they truly connect with lots of love and when nothing else matters around them, it's just the two of them in the universe.
TWS: What advice would you give our readers for picking a photographer?
Ben: Make sure you “click” with them. There are many photographers out there with different styles and different personalities. You may like their work, but if you can't connect well with them, it would be hard for them to deliver their best work. Try to select someone that you are very comfortable working with.
TWS: Are you married? If so, what marriage advice do you have for our readers?
Ben: Yes, I am married but I don’t think I am the right person to give any advice on marriage. Marriage is a journey for me and I am learning as I go. At this point of time, I have learnt that regardless of how busy I get, I need a good balance in life. Work and family must have a good balance to keep us on the right path.