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Suzy & Mick: The Topiaries at Beaumont

Like good boys and girls we had done our homework earlier and visited the Topiaries at Beaumont a few weeks before Suzy & Mick’s big day. A big thanks to Helen and Peter for looking after us and letting us scout around. We were told that Cedar Creek would only be a short 10 min drive away so we thought we’d go on a little adventure and see how fast we could drive from the venue to test out whether or not we had time to go there for a shoot before the reception… in the end we had a unanimous verdict that we’d stay at the Topiaries…with its luxurious settings and its breathtaking views of Samford valley…there simply was no need to leave.

Mick certainly has a very unique personality to say the least… and we had a ball hanging out with in the morning…he got ready in all of 2 minutes and 25 seconds…and we had another 2 hours to go before we needed to leave for the ceremony…so we decided to take a trip to underneath his house to check out his model bridge he made… and then after that we took the car for a spin and watched a bit of morning cartoon with his niece. It was a bit confusing in the morning trying to differentiate between calling Mikey (our videographer) and Mick…

Mikey….Mikey..Mick..MICKEY?!

We then went for a walk…both Mikey…Mick and I….(What a mouthful) around the side of the house..where Mick was telling us about how he met Suzy through the internet…about their instant click. And how he asked her to cook him a blue meal as he only ate blue coloured foods. And how Suzy magically whipped up a blue feast for Mick on their first date. Speaking of food…It’s amazing what you can learn about someone from their fridge magnets. In Mick & Suzy’s case…apparently it’s wonderful to be….the axis of evil haha. Love it.

-Chad & Ooo000li.

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Tiffany & Clifford


This is a shorter version of pre-wedding shot for Clifford/Tiffany, the extended video was played at their wedding during reception.

Canon 5D MKII, 1D MKIV
70-200 f/2.8L IS, 14 f/2.8L II, 100 f/2.8L macro

Full HD exported with Final Cut to 720p@5000kbits/sec
Edited by Terry Chuang.

We spent a day with the most beautiful family: Tiff, Cliff & Zy at New Farm Park. It was a very casual sort of afternoon picnic, no scripts, no props- just the way they wanted it.
We asked Tiff & Cliff to speak to us separately, whilst we filmed them. We had very natural conversations to bring out what you hear in the final film. Tiff hadn’t actually heard any of this until we played their wedding video at the reception. This is a shorter, re-cut version of the original pre-wedding video. And we had so many guests come up to us to tell us how amazing this video is. We agree. Thanks for letting us tell your story.

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Joy & Cory Wedding Cinematic Highlight Reel


Credits: Edited by Terry (& Chaddy)
Shot by Oliver Kuo Photography [Cinematography Squad]

After many nights of editing at the OKP Headquarters…and finishing up at 5am…here it is…Joy & Cory’s Wedding at Versace Hotel, Gold Coast. We started off early in the morning with bridal and groom prep, followed by traditional tea ceremonies in Brisbane. Some of the car scenes were actually filmed whilst driving- it had been especially designed for this wedding (a pretty impressive feat that we refined and mastered from our trip to Ayer’s rock a few months ago). To say the least, the wedding was extravagant in all its finest details. Thanks for an amazing day Joy & Cory! All the best!

Footage shot with Canon 1D4, 5D2 (x2), 7D, 60D, 550D
Press the ‘HD button’ to watch it in High Definition, video may lag occasionally if your comp is a bit slow. Full HD 5.8GB .mov quality cut down to fit Vimeo (online browsing).

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Oliver’s Gibberish: Fisheye Talk

There are many things I love in life…and two of these are cars and photography so tonight I’m going to talk about both. I was watching Pimp My Ride at my friend’s house and then Mr. Xzhibit inspired me to take photos of his new phat ride. We’re currently working on this car as our own little project…It’s just been dropped on KWV3s and barely clears one egg carton…drop it like it’s hot! How low can you gooooooo? Seriously? Not much more…

Shooting at a low angle with a super wide lens will make the subject appear much bigger and taller than it actually is and you get that really exaggerated look. And when I mean low, I mean get onto the floor.

I wanted to make it look extremely PHAT so I shot with my Sigma 15mm F2.8ex 180 Fisheye Lens on a 5DII. This lens is very similar to the Canon EF 15mm F2.8. I have owned and used quite a few of these fisheye lenses such as Sigma 8mm F3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye, Sigma 10mm F2.8 EX DC  HSM Fisheye and the Zenitar 16mm F2.8 (Manual Russian Fisheye). Each performs quite differently- the only similarity is that they all distort the images quite profoundly. I’ll eventually write a review when I get around to it. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the new Canon EF 8-15mm F4L Fisheye.

Alright..back to work..I have a lot of editing to catch up on…

 

-Oliver

 

 

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Kathleena & James at Bond University

The Spring issue of QLD Bride’s magazine was released last week and it featured one of my personal favourites- Kathleena & James. We had the pleasure of sharing a photographic expedition with Kathleena & James a few months ago at Bond University.

Like many nervous grooms, at first, James was worried about being camera-shy…but after a few short minutes of ice-breaking activities, he realised like all of my clients, that shooting with me is as easy as pie. When I say “Pretend I’m not here”, it’s very believable… this is where my camouflage gear comes in handy…Now you see me..now you don’t!

I’m  a very well prepared person. We had taken a trip up to Bond University a few weeks earlier to determine the most efficient route to shoot in just under 1.5 hours around the area…But what happened on the day, was a matter of utter spontaneity.

Whilst we were driving, I noticed an abandoned lot which had overgrown with tall grass and stopped the car immediately. What may have seemed to look like a random, ugly plot of land was a fairytale in my head. We were literally racing against the clock as the sun had almost set… I quickly loaded up on ammunition and asked Kathleena & James to do one last shot for me standing in this awkward looking grass. The last of the natural light did us justice- the moment was magical… I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

Thank you for trusting my vision.

 

-Oliver.

 

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