We got to the studio to take our wedding photos around 9:30 am on Sunday. At that time Cathy got her hair and makeup done and discussed the final locations for the outdoor shots. We also looked at a few photo books and decided which poses we liked the most. From the looks of other wedding photo albums in Taiwan, the wedding photos seem to trump the reception in importance. The giant book of photos and an enormous framed picture always adorn the entrance of a reception. Small wallet-sized photos are also feverishly grabbed by guests on their way in. I have no idea what people do with the 4 or 5 different pictures they each grab after they’ve gone home.
After Cathy got the hair and makeup treatment and I got my hair done [in a fraction of the time] we headed to the photo studio. I met the photographer a couple months ago when he came to the school I work at to take class pictures of the children. I asked him a few questions and got his company’s business card. Later, I found out the studio also did one of Cathy’s sister’s photos.
The photographer and his assistant took great care and time in our poses for each shot. After a few poses we were sent back out for costume changes and hairstyle changes stopping only for a brief lunch break. The shots I took that are pictured here were taken in-between our time in the dungeon studio.
We packed the van and left for our outdoor shots around 4 pm. The weather was really hot and sunny. Our first location was a nearby cafe [near the Jhonsing Lotus Ponds]. Our pictures struck the curiosity of people outside cafe, one person approached our photographer to inform him that I was sweating profusely. Thankfully we left after a couple shots. Our next location was on one of the tree-lined streets in town. These shots required extra patience because we had to wait for the motorists to pass between shots. Cathy [or me] received a few honks and hollers from passing drivers. After that we were driven to a much more pleasant [shaded] area of a park for a few shots.
Shortly after that we were whisked to Nantou City for some shots in front of a western-style cafe followed by an old school. We were rapidly running out of daylight at this point when our photographer drove us up to a tea farm for some final shots before nightfall.
We returned to the wedding photo studio a little after 7 pm. Luckily, Cathy still had one smile left in her for the photo above.