Taking the perfect wedding photos isn’t easy. The competition is high, and there are many clichés that can be difficult to beat. But a Malaysian photographer Keow Wee Loong managed to take wedding photos that probably not many people will try to replicate.
The photographer and the happy couple climbed two mountains to take perfect scenic photos. It was Mount Rinjani, a 3,726m active volcano in Indonesia, and Mount Kinabalu, a 4,095m peak in Malaysia. Cold, wind, rain and 7 days of climbing later, they ended up with this series of wedding shots.
The couple from Taiwan, Wayne and Amanda, contacted Keow to help them make their wedding shots unforgettable. He is known as quite an adventurist, so he accepted the challenge and took the most extreme wedding photos of his career.
There was harsh wind and it was 0-1 degree C, so you can imagine that the climb wasn’t really easy. It also started to rain at some point, which turned the mountain into a waterfall, making the climb even more difficult. Add carrying all the gear, a strobe (the onsmo x1 pro portable light) and the stand in these conditions – and you get quite a demanding climb, to say the least.
Even when the climbing was over, they had to wait for the right moment to take the shots. It was foggy, and they could only pose and shoot when it lifted. So, they had to stay there in that cold weather and wait for the suitable weather conditions. Fortunately, it was worth the wait.
Keow says that this is, as far as he knows, the most extreme wedding shoot ever performed by a photographer. He must be right; I can’t imagine many people going through a climb this demanding only to wear a wedding gown and a suit and take shots. What Keow likes is that there was nothing casual about this shot. Considering that he likes taking a risk to take photos, he enjoyed the risk factor here as well. After all, he also did a crazy thing for his loved one and climbed the world’s tallest bridge to propose to her.
The photo shoot he did with Wayne and Amanda was risky and dangerous like many of his other adventures, and I guess that’s his style. Still, I hope they used proper safety equipment, and I’m glad they’re safe and sound. I personally really like the photos, and I’ll let you decide whether they were worth the risk:
Do you like the photos? Do you think they were worth the risk? How far would you go to get the perfect shot?