“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore
Avril and Cheow Yeh approached me with this poem in mind for their pre-wedding shoot as it pretty much describes their 3 years relationship. The theme would be all about colors and bringing colors into each other’s lives. And the way they would want to do it is through a fun shoot with lots of colors – literally, by throwing colored powders at each other in their wedding dress just like how the Hindus celebrate the Festival of Colors.
I was excited but yet a bit apprehensive initially. Excited at the idea of challenging myself and shooting something in a different way. Apprehensive at the fact that if i could really help them achieve the type of effect they are looking for. Nevertheless, after a meet up and discussion, we decided to give it our best shot. Marriage is almost once in a lifetime, so what the heck! We started buying powders, experimenting with the way to throw and spread the powder in a bombastic way like firework does and even concocting our own powder formula as some colors were out of stock. A place where the “color war” would take place, away from the population where no innocent would be accidentally “hit” and “dyed” would need to be sourced and thus the recce begins too.
I am glad we were blessed with great weather on the day of our shoot. Kudos to the couple, who is really sporting and spontaneous, letting it all out in a no-holds barr match for me to capture the wonderful moments of them baring and showing their “true colors” to each other. A big thank you to 2 of their friends who came to lend their pair of helping hands too.
Most importantly, at the end of the day, everyone had fun (photography should be enjoyable, isn’t it?) and went back with hands stained in colors, hearts stained with joy and a mind stained with colorful memories to remember this day by ….. for life.