Archive for March, 2010

Save the Date Cards

Save the Date cards are very common in the States.
It’s basically a card that informs your relatives and friends that you are tying the knots and please.. well… Save the date.

But in Singapore where everything is so expensive, we tend to cut down on doing these and instead depends on Phone Calls/sms/email. But I think its such a lovely idea (if you are preparing for a small-scale wedding), to spread the message of Love and Happiness.. The traditional way – Snail mail!

You might even convert this into softcopy and email your friends or colleagues..

So for a limited period, I am offering FREE Save the Date Card Design for each Couple who sign up with me. Offer valid till end of April 2010.
Contact me if you’r keen! Hear from you soon…~

XOXO
Melody

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Vintage Camera and Happy Clouds

Had a beautiful day for shooting yesterday,
the sun was so bright and warm (huge understatment here)

But it was generally a great day for shooting. Here are some of the many many images that I love.


Darling, come fly with me, let’s fly let’s fly
Come on fly with me, let’s take off in the blue!


And make someone happy
Make just one, someone happy
And you will be happy too – Doris Day’s Make Someone Happy




DIY bridal – Pearl & Crystal Bouquet + Boutonnieres

Here’s an instruction on how to DIY a Pearl & Crystal Bridal Bouquet (& Boutonnieres).
(I DIY-ed this pearl Bouquet for my wedding during dec09 and ‘wow’ alot of my guests. Hope its useful to the other brides-to-bes who might wanna try something different from the usual out-of-mill fresh flowers..)
  
What you will need:
– 10 packs of silver wiring (This really depends on how big you want your bouquet to be. I used up 8packs. Got mine from Chinatown GoldDragon)
– Handicraft Pearls (Again depends on how big you want your bouquet to be.)
– Handicraft Crystal Beads (This can be replaces with anything else you fancy. Say Diamontes or rhinestone works well too)
– White Silk Ribbons about 3cm thick (Thicker ribbons make it easier to wrap the stems of the bouquet)
– Charm (Optional, I used the Chinese Character ‘Xi’. but it can be anything, vintage rings, swans, more crystals. up to you.)
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Instructions:
Step 1: Twist One pearl into One Wire (see drawing – Step1)

Step 2: Keep repeating step 1 untill you get desired size of bouquet.
Step 3: Bound all the wire+Pearls together (see drawing – Step2)

Step4: Tie all the wirings up with ribbon (I had approximately 200pearlwirings + -)
 
Its really easy to bunch them together to form this “round mushroom shape”.
What I did was to place them ALL together in a vase and hold them tightly together.
(The outter part would naturally bend down to form the round shape. Ahh Im bad in describing it, you have to Do it to understand what I meant)

I tied the whole bunch with rubber bands and string (to secure them you see) before going around the whole thing with a thick satin Ribbon.
 
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As for the DIY Groom Boutonnieres
 
Its the same thing. Just snip off the wire to about 18cm and repeat Step1. This means that the boutonniere will be about 8cm. If you want a longer Boutonnieres, just snip off less of the wiring. Hope im making sense here.
Make about 12Pearl+Wiring and tie it up with ribbon
Trim the ends and Horray you are done!

(Updated: I’m really glad this DIY Crystal-Pearl Bridal Bouquet is such an inspiration to you brides-to-be out there.. Please do add photos of your completed bouquet Here at OhDear Fan Page! (I would LOVE to see!!) Maybe include some helpful tips to other Brides out there? ;D)


Inspiration – Tea Party Engagement Shoot

I spent my last weekend at KL, shooting some stuff when I came across this set up.
Smacked right there at the middle KLCC, with busy people walking right pass.


Oh dear! Its a TeaParty of Alice and MadHatter.
Completed with darling cupcakes, hot tea, soft scones and all. How sweet!!

And that sets me thinking, how about an Engagement Shoot in the theme of a TeaParty??
Won’t that be so whimsical? So delightful? Most importantly, different from the usual flower-holding-couples?

Sure its difficult to set up a table in the middle of a lawn, but the results would be OH SO GOOD!
Pss, you get to have a real tea party too..

I got back to Singapore, and did a search. See what I found..

Photos taken by Jessica Frey

click HERE for more.

Arent they the SWEETEST!? Such a dreamy shoot.. Of course we can modify it slightly, your groom doesnt have to be mad. He can be in a suit or vest. How romantic….

So have I convinced anyone?


Styling a Photo

Today, I will be sharing a bit on how I normally style (meaning photoshop, but thats such a boring term) my photos. Sure, the venue is important, but so is styling the photo. It sets the mood, brings out the best of the model and even correct some mistakes (such as blemishes, fly away hair etc)

So here’s a shoot that was taken last week. Totally raw from camera.

So usually I would adjust my Levels, I like my images bright and cheery and just a tiny bit overexposed. After all, most vintage photos are quite fade arent they?

There you go~ After the image has been properly Leveled to my liking. Oh I added a tint of yellow as well.

Next up, I crop the picture tighter. What? I heard you asking why didnt I take a closer shoot then? Usually I prefer to shoot as much as scene possible and in my ‘darkroom’ (and thats photoshop), I can choose to give it a tighter crop or leave it as it is.
And in this case, our emphasis would be our lovely model’s look of happiness. Not so much of her red gown (which can be done away with). Make sense?


After a tigher crop, adjustment of levels. We are only half-way done.

Now, they say Eyes are the Window of Soul. Sounds clinque huh? But its true. So in this picture, we need to highlight the eyes, brighten it up, bring out the catchlight blah blah blah. Oh! Most importantly, remove some of those eyebags.


I touched up on some minor blemishes, lighten the eyebags. Nope I didnt completely remove them, ’cause by doing so, she wont look like herself anymore. Anyway, who have No Eyebags?

So now that we had properly done all the necessary touch-ups, its the fun part now!
Styling the image. Now we want a vintage-inspired look, so we have to be generous on the yellowish tint. (I am not doing a tutorial here, just showing how I normally work. So pardon for the lack of step by step instructions okay~)


Ooh, we are getting close. I added some reddness as well. Warm-Glow!

So depending on how you wanna ‘design’ this shoot, you can add lens flare to it, add some old-parchment texture to it, you can leave it as it is. The possiblity is endless. For this, I would add some rainbow-flare to it. (I dunno whats the proper name, but I discovered this way of adding a flare not so long ago. And I like the effect alot)
 

There you go. Some slight rainbow-flare effects.. Oh I also burned the edges abit. Vintage-photos normally have white-ish borders if you look closely enough..

And here is a Side by Side comparison.


I hope you like what you are seeing..?

There are thousands, endless actually, ways to go about styling a picture and this is one of the many many ways that I like it to be. Not saying its the pefect look, nor is this the only look you will be getting.. =)

If there’s anything just drop me a text. Hope you enjoyed this post! I would be away at KL this coming weekend, so no shooting. =( But I will take lots of KL photos to share!
Meanwhile, have fun!

XOXO
Melody


Just a short Note..

before I run out..
to say how happy I am that I had started this service not long and my April’s saturdays are already all fully booked!
So looking forward to all the shootings..

Meanwhile, I am working on a post about how I postprocess (meaning photoshop) my shoots.
So stay tune for tomorrow!

XOXO,
Melody


A little About Meself…

 

Melody and HusbandHusband and Me in one of our self-directed ShootI am currently based in sunny Singapore.

 

I am 26 this year and had happily married since Dec09. And during the long long preparation of my own wedding, I fell in love with Engagement shoots. (along with tons of other unpleasant experience, but that shall be a story for another day)

 I had at least 7 different shoots (and tons of fun). Crazy huh?

 I am working as a full-time Designer and my studio is somewhat in the central of Singapore.

I believe that every couple is very unique and special.
Each has their own different love story.

I work towards telling that story of theirs, of recording their happiness and smiles and kisses. Singapore offers a lot good spots for Engagement Shoots. Oh yes.. There are. *smile*

That’s why I started Oh, Dear! Photography. To provide affordable*, yet classic vintage style photos. No stiff awkward point-at-sky poses, but true real emotions captured.
*Real affordable, and not like how some photographers are charging $2000 for a shoot. That is crazily break-an-arm-and-leg price for me*

But this site will not only be showcasing the photos I took, I will be sharing some experiences I had during my own wedding preparations too. I am working on some DIY tutorials too.

A wedding is so expensive in Singapore. But there are lots of ways you can cut some corners and save up for that much needed holiday (Yay! Honeymoon!).

So check back more often!

 XoXo
Melody


Young Love II




Golden Sun Rays


Young Love


B&W Buildings + Golden Sunset = Love