I recently went to Hoi An, Vietnam, for a little trip. Managing my studio and its business can be very tiring, and I’ll always try my best to squeeze in trips like this where I can pursue my passion. Hoi An did not disappoint. You won’t believe the brilliance of the city, and it is a brilliance that I can’t describe. Instead, you’d have to see the sites of this fishing village yourself. Located in the Central Coast area of Vietnam, it sits in the Quảng Nam Province. The beautiful yellow shades of the city is fascinating!

Running alongside the Thu Bon River is the beautifully preserved UNESCO site, an ancient town. This is the star attraction for visitors. It is as if time stopped and you are visiting the old Vietnam centuries ago.  With the recent influx of visitors comes modernisation too. Amidst the old narrow streets and hanging lanterns, there are exciting new restaurants and shops. Plenty to explore! All my shots are captured in this town because it is one of the most photogenic places in Vietnam.

The old town architecture sees a mix of French colonial, Chinese, and Japanese that is completely unique to the area. It creates a fascinating atmosphere unique to Asia. There are colonial houses of gold, yellow, and bronze. There are lanterns of red, yellow, and green. There are Chinese influenced motiffs on the roofs of other buildings. These were preserved over the years, showing characteristic signs of wear and tear, and by maintaining its original condition allows the town to take a rustic personality. Old and new, postcard worthy heritage homes come together with alongside the new generation hipster cafes. You get a glimpse of life in the olden days by visiting homes that has been converted into museums.

At night, the river turns into a cascade of black and in stark contrast the colourful lanterns get lit. These lanterns with its intricate details are also what the area is famous for. I encourage you to see it in person, stand by the river and let the colours engulf you!

It speaks to you, and I can hear the town through my lens. No wonder people rave about Hoi An! What I have captured on my lens is just a tasting portion of the city. I had a hard time deciding which images to feature because just a few isn’t enough to showcase Hoi An. I hope my recommendation will encourage you to explore our Asian neighbour. This trip gave me a good break and it refreshed my spirit.

– Chris

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It’s been a good 10 years, how time flies! Our couples have themselves gone on to celebrate many anniversaries. There were an instance when Chris’ couple from the 90s had children, and their daughter, all grown up, signed on with Chris for our Z Wedding collaboration! It was a such a momentous occasion.

Speaking of momentous occasions, please do join us for our anniversary party at FOO’D! Do find all the details from Z Wedding’s blog copied below.


Z Wedding’s 10th Anniversary at FOO’D It had been 10 wonderful years of collaboration between Z Wedding and Chris Ling International Photographers as we served many blissful couples on the biggest moment of their lives! It all begun when Z Wedding and Chris Ling International Photographers spotted a missing link in the bridal industry and strove to work towards filling the gap. Other than ensuring consistency between a portfolio and the actual results, we also understand the need of our clients. Photography is after all not just an item to be ticked off your wedding checklist, it also requires a certain skill and knowledge on what to expect from photographers – in this case the team is lead by Chris Ling himself, thus ensuring a high standard of quality to our customers.

As for Z Wedding ourselves, we’ve always pride ourselves in designing gowns to flatter different silhouettes. Be it the occasion (pre-wedding or actual day, indoor or outdoor shoot), the theme required for your banquet, or even tips to hide your “flaws” while flattering your curves. Brides can always count on us to advice on what suits you best. Together, we created a value no other can match; thus resulting in 10 years of successful collaboration that we can’t wait to share with everyone!

Z Wedding’s 10th Anniversary at FOO’D To all brides-to-be, it’s time to mark your calendars and bring your better halves along~ Organised by Z Wedding and Chris Ling International Photographers, we are so stoked to invite you to our first ever Wedding Party at FOO’D by Davide Oldani to celebrate this major milestone! Read on to find out what we have in store for you!

Z Wedding’s 10th Anniversary at FOO’D Why FOO’D by Davide Oldani? An elegant restaurant located within the iconic Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall, FOO’D by Davide Oldani presents creative and boundary-pushing modern European dishes led by executive chef, Simone Depalmas, whom previously helmed at Alkaff Mansion. One can also enjoy “drink”, a cocktail bar located within the premises of FOO’D, manned by award-winning bartender, Mike Cheong.

What we love about the restaurant is how perfect the grandeur ambience would be for ROM and/or small scale weddings! The main dining hall can take up to 150 seated guests, and its al-fresco area can take up to 80 seated guests. With a large video wall in the main dining hall, videos can be screened for couples who wish to share video snippets with their guests. A stage and rostrum are also available upon request. FOO’D by Davide Oldani has a dedicated team that works closely with wedding couples and wedding planners, and they are ever ready to customise both western and eastern food menu for your guests.

Z Wedding’s 10th Anniversary at FOO’D While experiencing a brand new place and menu for fine dinning, guests will also be treated to a trunk show of Z Wedding’s new bridal line! Not to worry if you have missed us our on BOWS, our gown designers and photographers will still be around for consultation as you source out this new hidden gem for pre-wedding photography.

Expect burning questions to be answered, such as:

– Tips to reading a photographer’s portfolio

– What type of gown will best suit your silhouette and your wedding’s theme

– The recommended gowns for outdoor/overseas pre-wedding shoot versus actual day gowns etc.

We are more than happy to advice and share our knowledge with you, so it’s definitely an experience not to be missed! Most importantly, we just want you to celebrate our milestone with us as we look forward to pampering you with surprises and lucky draws.

Z Wedding’s 10th Anniversary at FOO’D Of course, it’s only common for couples to be comparing packages from different vendors when browsing around, but how do you know if you’re able to get one that will cater to all your needs without being shortchanged, or given things that you do not necessarily need? Be it the perfect gowns you have been envisioning for, to the ideal professional photographer that’s able to capture not just your best angle but the loving memories of your relationship, won’t you relish the idea of having beautiful memories to look back on?

Z Wedding sets ourselves apart from the rest as we are the only in-house designer bridal boutique that’s working with a renowned professional photographer team to ensure that you’re always in good hands, with the most value for money wedding combination that gives you more than you asked for. Best of all, attendees get to enjoy a special Ala carte bundle with Chris Ling Photography available on our Wedding Party only! With our bundle, you can experience our power combo value, knowing full well who you are working with and the consistent quality to expect due to our constant communication with each other. Z Wedding’s 10th Anniversary at FOO’D.

Intrigued? Save the date and important details:

Date: 4th June, Sunday

Dress code: Smart Casual Time: 1-5pm

Venue: FOO’D by Davide Oldani

We can’t wait to see you there!

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We at Chris Ling never stop creating new concepts for our pre-wedding shoot in Singapore. We want it to be always unique, and we work with our strengths in directing and story telling. While focusing on the couple’s expression and feeling, we want to bring out a natural look when we capture the images. It has become our signature and our selling point.

Recently, while my Chris Ling team was photographing a new concept, I used a “street photography” style to capture moments behind the scenes. Normally, street photography is what I practice when I go overseas to places like Hanoi (Vietnam) or Bagan (Myanmar). It is one of a kind, and through street photography I managed to record moments that couples are not aware of.

This is my personal concept which I would like to apply on pre-wedding photography. A new concept with art in mind!

– Chris

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Without a doubt, this year’s couture runway collection from our esteemed bridal partner, Z Wedding, crescendoed into another successful show. Our sponsors and collaborators worked hard to show off their talents, and everyone’s efforts paid off. It was clear from the embracing reaction of the VIPs and guests that everyone received the show positively!

The picture above is the grand finale shot from my iPhone, and this was what guests see during the show. At that very point, I was thinking of how much work had been put in just for this moment to arrive. I personally witnessed the set up and recorded the progress, and I would like these photos to tell the story behind Z Wedding Couture Runway.

In addition, I would also like to thank all the sponsors and collaborators who contributed to the Runway’s success. This show is special and it is the only one of its kind in Singapore’s bridal industry in terms of grand scale and high standards. Z Wedding has shared similar ground breaking and forward looking mind sets for us to achieve what I could only dream of before.

 3am, the night before, setting up at the Chijmes Hall.

Final touch to the paintwork.

Model briefing on show day.

 Z Wedding and Chris Ling team briefing.

Flower arrangement on the runway stage.

Catwalk sequence and positioning rehearsal.

Emcee rehearsal.

System sound check. 

Final confirmation.

Shooting video footage for behind-the-scenes. 

Model sequence chart.

Final rehearsal before make up and wearing the actual gowns.

The models.

Models’ break and dinner time!

Make up on.

The queue was formed even before official registration time.

More on our facebook album linked: here.

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The Z Wedding Couture Runway show was met with rousing success last weekend! For this season, nature was imprinted on artistic gown designs and silhouettes. Inspired by the forests of Shakespeare’s Mid Summer Nights and the secret gardens of Alice in Wonderful, this whimsical feminine look strikes a soft but powerful figure on a bride.

For those who missed out on the limited and much sought after tickets, we encourage you to visit Z Wedding’s post show reveal at their boutique this weekend, 1st and 2nd April. It’s no April’s fool, be quick and RSVP! (Event page linked here: Behold Z Wedding’s Latest Noteworthy Collection)

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Here are some scenes on what you have missed from the Couture Runway

Jesseca Liu and Chris Tong gracing the event.

Creative director Joey and our very own Chris gave an opening speech.

Celebrity Dr Georgia Lee also took time off her busy schedule to address the crowd!

The beautiful gowns strutting the runway. More to come!

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What is the one thing you would associate immediately with when the word “wedding” is mentioned? More often then not, it would be a wedding gown. The wedding gown sat through different eras and lived through centuries of styles.

Built with any materials ranging from cotton to silk, it can be embellished with pearls or gold, or nothing at all. Like a dream, the wedding dress will be embraced by the bride. She will appreciate the final look and feel when she adorns the dress. When Chris was invited by Z Wedding and Le Grand to be take a first-hand look at the full process of gown making, he finally understood that gown design is as much an artistry as photography. It takes time, hard work, and talent for gown designers to craft their skill.

In this series, Chris records the artists working on their new collection for the Couture Runway show. He transforms these moments behind the scenes into photography art forms. After all, a gown can be a three dimensional realisation of art the bride can wear.

View the full series on our Facebook album linked here.

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In my line of work, cameras are, to state the obvious, extensions of my arms. My equipment, like my team and I, also evolved through the years. The one thing that didn’t change was our love of the printed (or digital!) visual arts.

I am currently using a few different camera systems, each with their pros and cons. To me now, a camera is just the equipment I need to take the picture I want: ISO, focus, shutter speed, aperture, etc. It is the final photo that matters! When I started photography, my dream camera was the Canon F1, with all its dials and manual control on the exterior of the camera body. I owned it 30 years ago, and I eventually sold it. I started thinking about it again and  after so many years, I began to miss that look and feel of holding a manual camera.

I eventually found the Fujifilm XT-2. It came the closest to reliving my days with my old Canon. With the new system, I kept it simple with one lens attached, 35mm F2, much like my very first set up (Canon AE-1 with 50mm F1.4 attached). Photos are all about memories, and this XT-2 somehow brought me back to those times when I first started. It reminded me about my passion for photography.

With this system, I went behind the scenes of the model casting session for Z Wedding’s upcoming bridal season launch. It is the Z Wedding Couture Runway 2017 happening on 19th March, 7pm, at the Chijmes Hall. This is a grand event for bridal fashion in Singapore,  and their Midsummer Dreams collection is set to once again wow the guests. Inspired by beautiful nature, the Z Wedding designers took the magic from Alice In Wonderland’s secret gardens and Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night forests, and recreated them through their gowns. This year, the bride will be a powerful feminine figure, a queen of the night with allure, charm, and strength!

Just as there is no one camera that fits all photographers, the gown designers know one gown can’t fit all brides. That is why they constantly come up with exciting concepts and ideas in different cuts and silhouettes to cater to different brides. It is quite an amazing process to see them in action as they meticulously hand sew their finishing details well into the night. All of us share a commonality, we are passionate about our job and our art.

Looking forward to the show!

– Chris

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Over the years, our studio’s accumulative experience with our bridal partners allow us to provide valuable information to wedding couples. We have come to fully understand the nooks and crannies of the wedding industry and how each service, contact point, or vendor work. Therefore, we are always running workshops because we feel this information should not be kept just for our couples. All wedding couples deserve the right to be aware of what to expect when they start their wedding journey.

Our aim is to educate our clients and contribute to their market research before they start their shopping. This saves them a lot of time and trouble. Gown designer and Creative Director, Joey Ling from Z Wedding Design and Le Grand Wedding, together with our head, Photographer and Director Chris Ling, will share all there is to know about gowns, beauty, styling, pre-wedding and actual day photography and video, body language on camera, and many other details that a couple might miss out.

These workshops are free upon registration at the moment, and they are currently the only such lessons available in the market. So do keep a look out for our future sessions, there will be many different topics to come.

Stay tuned!

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Over the years, my wedding photography work allowed me to do extensive globe trotting. I have been to many countries and took the opportunity to research which areas are safe for my couples. The wonderlust never stops, and I don’t intend for it to stop.

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Although my time now heavily involves training and business development for my studio, it does not mean I disregarded the travel bug. In fact, now more so then ever, my camera and I will pack light and fly off to destinations I have not explored yet. Apart from indulging in my passion for street and black & white photography, I also take these travels as research to whether it is also viable to bring wedding couples over.

For overseas wedding photography, these three things are key:

1. Safety – The last thing a happy wedding couple should worry about is whether they are in danger!
2. Convenience – Transportation within the locations should be easily arranged. Especially when heavy equipment and essential belongings are being brought out.
3. Accessibility – The terrain should not be difficult for the bride to navigate in her gown. In addition, whether the gown would get dirty easily have to be considered as well.
4. Comfort – Whether the climate is cool enough for couples, and if there are amenities available.

From the road side cafes in Rome to the tree house residences in Chang Mai, I had managed to fulfill many things on my travel bucket list. The latest adventure I had was in Bagan, an ancient city located in the Mandalay region of Myanmar. There, I traveled around on an electronic bicycle and felt no danger at all. It was a deep cultural experience with warm and welcoming people.

My journey will continue as and when I can take time off. Travel and exploration have always been a passion that I can share with my couples. Feel free to follow me on my Instagram account @chrisling50 for more images, and may you also never stop exploring!

– Chris

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View more photos on our Facebook album (link here).

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Here at Chris Ling, we never tire to produce different concepts for our couples. This is a creative process that involves all our photographers, including Chris himself. Let’s further discuss how it is actually done so that you can have a better understanding of our foundation.

Consistency is the key to our success! It is essential that we take one day a month to gather the team and go out for a shoot. Yes indeed, everyone has to be involved so that all the photographers can familiarize themselves with new skill sets or shooting styles. In this manner, when one couple asks for a certain style, anyone in our photography team would be able to pull it off. Let it not be said that our albums are misleading, rest assured that our skilled team can produce what you see.

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Prior to the fun filled shoot day, a unique concept would be brought forth through a mood board. A mood board is similar to a story board, in that we gather the different colour themes and focus points needed to create a concept album. There could be different venues featured or different story lines. Inspiration can come from our daily surroundings, or stories we hear that we would like translated onto images. Of course, online research is essential to bind everything together. The wonders of the internet!

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Through this mood board, all the photographers will arm themselves with an understanding of what will be achieved. From intangibles: the feel, the emotions, the messages; to the tangibles: location, props, styling. Of course, a short cut to it all would be to explain to our team the whats and hows after the album is produced. We don’t go for short cuts, because Chris believes in hands on experience. That was how he started, and that is how he trains.

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The purpose of our concept shoots not only serves as a team bonding session, it will also provide many useful references for our couples. Sparing no cost in production, these albums will be presented to our couples so that they can select the feel they like. Thereafter, our photographers can take the cue and will know how to deliver your expectations.

As we said before, consistency is king. That is why with our efforts we will ensure that we continue being leaders in the market!

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