Model Casting for Z Wedding Couture 2017 with Fujifilm XT-2 by Chris Ling

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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