I was so thrilled, like a kid who was too excited to go on a school trip, the moment this wonderful couple, asked me to go with them on a road trip. It got even better, when I found out that they wanted me to capture their pre-wedding photos.
The initial plan was to go on a Ciwidey by car, and simply stop by at every corner that looks photogenic enough to be used as the set of their pre-wedding photos. It was quite an interesting project as both Martin and Noni already knew exactly what kind of shots they want. Since Nonie is a more of an outdoor person, this pre-wed is probably a little bit different from any common pre-wed concept that is filled with sweet stuff like beautiful dresses and flowers.
As a modern version of a hippie girl, Nonie loves to explore new and unique places. Once we were traveling to Bali, and she picked quite an anti-mainstream hotel in Ubud that has no air conditioner with an open air bathroom facing a huge ricefield. Just like any other couples, when it comes to wedding stuff, the girls get the bigger pie to decide anything, while the men shall follow. Hello, it’d be the most important day of in every woman’s life, right?
Based on Noni’s personality, I picked the Citambur waterfall as the spot for their photoshoot. The trekking route to the waterfall would be very perfect for Noni who loves to climb up hills and walk through rocky roads. Sadly though, we didn’t make it there as there was a landslide that blocked our way. We waited for 4 hours and took some pictures while waiting, yet it was raining and apparently the weather wasn’t on our side, so we cancelled our plan and made a u-turn instead.
Despite of the downside, we stumbled upon some other beautiful places like a tea garden and an abandoned railway. The photoshoot in the garden was a bit challenging. Not for me, but for the groom. Although the place was very peaceful and calm, there were plenty of spider webs, hosted by a very rare spiders that we had never seen before anywhere. Guess what, out of every phobias, the groom has a specific phobia over spiders!
Even though we have encountered two challenges, the trip was still one of the most fun trip I ever had. Mostly, because it involves Martin, the groom, who is a natural clown. He is very funny and talkative, the kind of person who could uplift even the most gloomy vibe. A real creative head who puts his heart on his creative skills. He even brought along his team from work to record the pre-wed photoshoot with drone, and make a content for his youtube account about the tough part of doing a pre-wedding. I guess, he kinda got what he asked for.
Overall, I was very, even utterly satisfied beyond words with the results of this road trip photoshoot. I got to capture the couple in a very uncommon places that makes the photo itself stands out from other pre-wed photos. Apparently, we don’t always have to go abroad to capture beautiful outdoor places. Indonesia offers some hidden gems as well, if we are willing to explore!
Challenging Route to A Captivating Photoshoot For Brian and Putri
I’m the kind of photographer who would go through challenging circumstances and not giving up on difficult paths in the name of getting that one great shot. As long as I know that the photos will be worth it and the client would fall head over heels then I’ll pursue it whole-heartedly.
Just like the pre-wedding photoshoot I had with Brian and Putri in Lombok. Originally I proposed a Coachella concept where they both look wear casual bohemian style with the beauty ocean and glaring sun on the east of Indonesia as their background. However, their parents would love to see a photo of them in formal suit and dress. So we inserted a scene for that particular request during the photoshoot.
Putri is very shy and awkward in front of the camera, so I planned it to be an all-candid shoot by letting them walk, talk and hug naturally while I am busy capturing their every move.
Let me introduce you first to my client: The bride-to-be is a yoga instructor who is easy to be friends with anyone, her parents are doctor who live and work in Lombok. The groom-to-be was the one who contacted me for this photo shoot. We didn’t get a chance to meet, at least not until we landed in Lombok. Brian is a funny and very straightforward guy. He’s very helpful and cooperative, assisting me to find the local’s permissions at every spot in Lombok that I proposed.
Together, Brian and Putri, were not difficult to capture at all because being romantic and lovely seem to happen quite naturally for them. What challenging was the track to our last spot, which required a hike. It was a hill at Tanjung Aan. Putri was not in a good condition, so she was already exhausted to climb up the hill. With what’s left of her energy, Putri committed to get the golden shot that I promised to them.
Now, the route to that hill was a total challenge. We had to walk across this path of beach rocks surrounded by thousands of sea urchin. The stones itself were sharp and painful to be passed through with feet, but we also had to keep our balance so that we don’t slip and fall onto a sea urchin. Super scary indeed! I got a sore feet afterall due to the rough stones that I put my feet on. Did I mention that I also slipped and got an injured foot? Yeap, that happened. Lucky me, the camera and lens did not get into the water.
Gratefully, as what I have always believed, no pain no gain! The sweats and pains I had to deal with earlier was paid with numerous golden shots, which I call the “money shot”! Most of Brian and Putri’s expressions were the truest emotions that I wanted to capture and revealed through my lens.
Thank God that Putri’s parents are professionals doctors. They took care of my feet, gave me medicine, and Putri herself who was sick got a vitamin supply from her parents. At the end of the day, what really made a photoshoot worth it for me was not the process, but the end result. The process, no matter how tough it is, would only make the story behind the photo more memorable, because as we looked through that particular frame in the future, all the stories and memories will emerged at the back of our mind.