When I went to Hong Kong a few weeks ago I did not go for a holiday. Candice and Tim are the reason I suddenly found myself stepping off a long flight and into this incredible city.
These two have a destination wedding planned for later this year and wanted their engagement portraits to show where they live – in Hong Kong. With inspiring organisational skills Candice put together a plan for the day that took us pretty much everywhere. We started out in Sheung Wan which almost reminded me of European cities in the summer, with people having breakfast outside in the sun, little boutique shops and new futuristic buildings rubbing shoulders with the old and historical. Except that suddenly there was a temple or a stall selling chicken heads and when you looked up into the dizzying jungle of towering buildings it wasn’t quite so European any more. Candice and Tim showed me the Botanical Gardens, the view from the Peak (hidden behind clouds as usual), the Kowloon skyline from Tamar Park and Hong Kong Island from the opposite river bank. We took the Star Ferry just as the sun was starting to sink into the sea, with a warm breeze in our hair and the golden glow reflected by all those buildings. Over on the Kowloon side we ended the day wandering the streets some more in this city that never really goes dark.
Thank you for welcoming me into your lives for a while and for sharing this amazing place with me, you two. I’m counting down the days until we see each other again.
All shot on Fuji 400h and Kodak Portra 400, developed and scanned by the FIND lab.
© Ann-Kathrin Koch 2014. Images look best without watermarks on them. Please don’t use the photos without my permission.
That first ferry image with the sun blowing out the colors … seriously?!
Wow Ann, your best yet! Those shots on the ferry x
I don’t know how you manage to make portraiture look this casual but this crafted at the same time. You are a legend.
Thank you Ann for capturing these gorgeous photos!! Tim and I will treasure these forever xx
Fantastic and really inspiring Ann-Kathrin. The couple must be very pleased – they are lovely and you obviously made them relax in front of the camera. Great job!
Wonderful photos! I love Hong Kong!
Ann, I love your style! Great images with so much emotion. Thank you!
Love the set and it’s truly inspiring.
Just want to know are all these pic taken with a Medium format camera?
And would like to know how to you control the color especially it was taken indoors and at night? Mind sharing how you do it?
Hi Kenny, thanks so much for your comment, I really appreciate it!
The short answer is that I shoot film until the sun sets and then switch to either black and white (3200 ISO) or digital, with or without flash depending on the quality of light. All film here was shot on a medium format camera (Hasselblad H2).
Love your photos and love that you’re shooting film and medium format :)