An illustrator, with a pen as his tool, fills empty pages with images of his imagination, a photographer does the same, but with light as his tools, he imprints his images. What kind of visual impacts do we get when we bring imagination and light together as one?
La Bride is happy to be introducing to you this wedding photographer from Taiwan, Xi En, an artist of light and shadow. In 2014, Xi En was awarded first place in the “ All About Light” category in an ISPWP photography contest, the awarded photo gained the eye of photographers from all over the world. The reflections in the water of the coconut trees, made from the rays of light that shone through them, has beauty in its symmetry and enjoys the magic from the contrast of light and shadow. It gives one the illusion of a painting, like a mirage in a dream.
This was the photograph that won Xi En first place in the 2014 ISPWP photography competition in the All About Light category.
- Creative Director of We-Sweet Photography.
- Awarded First Place in the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers ( ISPWP ) 2014 All About Light Catergory.
- Awarded 2nd Place in both the 2014 WPPI ” Bride and Groom Together” and “Beauty/Boudoir” category.
- Received in total of 51 awards from the ISPWP , AG|WPJA and the WPPI.
- Participated in workshops and wide-scale lectures in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and China.
- Dubbed as one of the Top 30 Wedding Photographers on Signature Wedding
- Awarded as Top Member in Asia WPA.
- Professional Lecturer at the Professional Photographers Asia Conference (PPAC)
- Awarded Top30 Wedding Photographers by Topweds
Q: Hi Xi en, we’re very happy to be interviewing you today. Your photographs are very thoughtful, be it during shooting or post editing, we’d like to ask if there’s a photographer whose work you like. Also how do you perceive photography.
A: I love the works from Keda.Z, a Malaysian photographer, because from his works, you can see the passion of a photographer, and also a lot of unexpected creativity. Even when shooting with a composition of a magnificent landscape, he’s able to take into account the fine details. I also really like Brooke Shaden, his works are filled with imagination, his post editing is also very artistic.
Perhaps on a certain level, when I first started learning photography, I wanted to be as unrestrained as Brook Shaden, to be able to draw out my ideas, and present what’s in my mind.
Q: Can you introduce to us your favourite photography topic or a style that you’re good at?
A: The topic I like the most is bridal photography, because as opposed to wedding photography, in bridal photography a photographer is given more room for imagination, there’s also more time to create the image you want. A style I’m good at is, turning a regular view, through shooting techniques and composition, into a completely new world of vision. Along with my unique and extreme style in post editing, the photographs leave a strong impression.
Q: You’ve participated in many bridal and wedding shoots, which one was the most impressionable?
A: Out of the many bridal shoots I’ve done, the most impressionable one was the one is at Hualien Yunshanshui in Taiwan. I remember that it was originally a fine day, but when we were photographing the last outfit, the weather suddenly changed and it started to rain heavily, the sky turned dark as well, and hence it really stifled the progress of our shoot. Originally we were hopping to get some sun-filled photographs in Yunshan, but because of the weather, when we arrived it was already very dark, hence I didn’t have any choice but to use my flash for the shoot. At first everyone was really worried about the conditions at that time, but through everyone’s hard work, we gave up the images we originally had in mind and took the situation as a chance for creativity. After going through a few concepts and ideas, we photographed many surprisingly wonderful photographs. Take this photograph for example, it was awarded in 2014 in the best lighting category, it was actually as the last shot of the day when the skies were dark and when we were planning to head back to our hotels. At the moment I thought I’d use a light on the coconut tree, and it will surely produce very nice shadows, but I didn’t think after a few test shots, that the reflection in the water could be so breautiful as well. This experience has taught me that, no matter what sort of situation you face, do not give up easily, as long as you put your mind to it, you can create beautiful pictures.
Through our interview, we find Xi En to be a very passionate and persistent photographer, he never passes up on any opportunity to create, be it bad weather or unsuitable location, he’s able to break through his situation and create unexpectedly wonderful images. He’s grateful for these challenges, they allow him to rise to the occasion and create many touching images.
La Bride would like to thank Xi En for sharing these images with us! They’re so wonderful, we can’t bear to take our eyes of this page, we wonder if you feel the same way. See you next time!
Photography：「We-Sweet Photography 」