Although I am a San Diego wedding photographer I do also specialize in destination weddings all over the world. For this lovely shoot I connected with Terrence and Holly through one of my buddies in Hong Kong who gifted them a honeymoon photo shoot in Bali as part of their wedding gift. I have got to say what an awesome idea for a gift and I would like to personally thank LaRoy for making this amazing shoot possible.
When I received Terrence and Holly’s travel itinerary I instantly knew that Ubud was going to be the perfect destination in Bali for our shoot. Having lived their for 4 months I know my way around pretty well and with the help of one of my drivers we were able to turn our photo shoot into somewhat of a guided tour.
Two of the most sought after tourist locations in Bali are the Tegalalang rice fields & Tegenungan Waterfall. So we decided that this was going to be our main shoot destinations, but what we didn’t plan on was running into a amazing traditional Balinese burial ceremony. In Bali traditional burial ceremonies can be very expensive for families so every 10 years each village has communal ceremony for everyone that has passed. Families share in the cost and they build these elaborate structures, which are then set on fire.
A normal day in Bali means that anything can happen. With these types of shoot I love depicting a sense of place as along with the romance of the couple that I’m photographing. I want my shoots to be relaxed and fun and feel like you have your own personal photojournalist at your disposal. I think traveling in Bali breeds a sense of adventure and I think you can really see that in these images.
It’s not every day that you have a fantastic Balinese dive boat at your disposal, so we made sure to take full advantage of the opportunity. North Bali has some truly amazing views both from the land and the sea. The roiling mountains that are right on shore provide a landscape that reminds me a lot of the Hawaiian islands.
So with a SUP at our disposal and adventure in our hearts, we set out to make some photographs that you don’t get to see every day. Being a Bali Wedding Photographer, I get to make images of some of the most jaw-dropping scenery Southeast Asia has to offer. However, this day was exceptionally beautiful, and what better way to top it off than by having the bride and groom jump off a perfectly good boat into the ocean?
I am always very cautious when I put a bride in the water with her full gown on, as it is a safety issue because it can be very hard for them to swim (in addition to being a Bali wedding photographer, I also act as a dive safety, wearing long blade freediving fins at all times). But Claudine, being an avid swimmer and dive instructor, did fantastically well, and I can say I wasn’t surprised by her awesome performance. I think the playfulness of this shoot really portrays the dynamic between these two lovers. What better way to end a Bali wedding than by doing what you love, with whom you love, and allowing me to document it?
A special thank you to these two crazy kids for pushing me to take the adventurousness of my wedding photography to the next level, and also for taking me out scuba diving on their home turf. I would definitely recommend getting in contact with these two if you are interested in an authentic Bali dive experience.