Jay Kan's picture

The Boss

Yongnuo 568 IV off camera, bounced into sliding door's curtain for fill. Instant super large modifier haha!

Here's the story in case anyone is interested
I met some new friends in China :3! They were in Hong Kong shooting some photos of each other for fun (I'm on a trip), so I walked up and asked if they were from HKG. It turns out that they're a group of photographers working under a studio in main land China. Their work is SUPER amazing by the way, and Asia apparently shoot weddings very differently from us in the USA. We ended up grabbing dinner together and exchanged contact information.

Fast forward a week or so, I ended up being close by their city, so I contacted them, and we hung out at their studio (which their studio made me drool all over the place). We talked photography, exchanged "western techniques" and "asian techniques", etc etc. It was a great day for sure even tho we only had a few hours. It was unfortunate that one of them had to go before we got a chance to make these photos. We used this chance to learn as much as possible from each other. It was a good day!

48mm · f/4.0 · 1/125s · ISO 100
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Jordan Randall's picture

Good photo, even better story! What techniques differed between Asia and the states?

Jay Kan's picture

Thank you Jordan!

The trend in Asia right now is that they're in love with the "Japanese/Korean vibe" of imagery. Many photography studios are advertising this kind of style and many people are posting it to their social media accounts as well. That kind of style is very airy and light. The images are often have a minimalistic feel to them and have a cooler toning. Overall, the subjects' poses and overall looks are very natural, and there's nothing in the images that would jump out to make the eye feel unnatural.

Comparison to not just the states, but NA in general, we often aren't afraid to be bold. Our images are very punch and our there are elements in the images that would jump out and grab you attention. Darker and moodier images can often be found as well.

These are just a few things off the top of my head. I don't think either style is better than the other, it's just matter of taste. I am trying my best to learn their style of imagery as well, just to add a few more tricks to the bag. These are very general statements as well, there are people that would be different in each group of course.

Marc Wijngaarde's picture

Hey Jay,

Have you got any links with examples of that Japanese/Korean vibe?

Dylan Goldby's picture

Hi Mark,

This is the popular style here (Korea) right now:


Here's an example of a studio catering to the wider Asian market:


Extremely high level of posing involved. Often teams of 4-5 people working with a single couple, and a wagon full of props for them to work with.

It's not uncommon to see a couple change wedding dresses and suits 5 or 6 times in a single shoot.

It's quite a production.

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