27th Sep 2016
When it came to selecting my wedding photographer, there was only one clear choice for me: Brian Ho of thegaleria. I chanced upon his services one day, long before marriage was on the cards, when a small Facebook ad popped up at the bottom right of my web browser. The lead image was a black and white photo that evoked a timeless aesthetic, with a very casual yet authentically attractive direction to it. It was like having an unobtrusive peek into the couple's lives. It took me just one album to know, if I ever wanted someone to document the most important moment of my life, I would trust only thegaleria. Wedding photos were, and still are, engaged in an arms race to have the most jaw-dropping scenery, or the funniest and most share-worthy poses. It is an artistic direction that some may prefer, but for me, I felt while those made for great pictures to showcase at a wedding, I wanted a photographer who could put my wife and I at the centre of it all. We wanted our relationship to be the focus of the pictures, and for the pictures to look great today as they would when our grandchildren look through them half a century later. In this regard, Brian is in a category of one. No one expresses his art the way Brian does. He still believes in the tradition of film. Much has been touted about the quality of film, but more importantly to us, it represented his confidence in his skill. There are no retakes when it comes to shooting on film, no previewing on a screen before making adjustments, just Brian, his camera and being in the moment. With Brian, it didn't feel like a photo shoot. And that's really important, as we are unnatural in front of the camera. Brian was full of laughs, and connects with you immediately like a friend you've had for years. Sometimes you catch yourself being aware that he's capturing certain shots, only for him to surprise you many days later after the film has developed, he's actually caught a lot more intimate and casual moments between you and your spouse. It's like watching a romantic film: you, the audience, feel you're right there with the stars of the show, but obviously the stars don't behave like they know someone's watching. And the result is often magical, because it's so authentic and everything fades into the background, only the two of you remain. And what shines through is the beautiful relationship that's coming together in holy matrimony. And this is what Brian does best. He captures the most precious moments of your own love movie, starring you. Every couple has a different idea of how they want their wedding pictures to be captured, but Brian best represented mine. I'm not only happy I got Brian of thegaleria to cover my wedding, I'm honoured to be able to invite a photographer whose work I admire so deeply to express his artistry for the most important day of my life. If you want beautiful photos to showcase at your wedding, or if you want pictures of all the happenings at your ceremony and banquet, many photographers will be able to do that for you. But if you want memories that'll last long after yours have fade, there aren't many who can capture them better than Brian of thegaleria. I'm glad I entrusted mine with him, and I hope you will too.