Tuesday, June 22, 2010


We're going to start featuring engagement sessions here at the Vatel Manila blog to allow our readers to take a peek into the preparations our couples go through prior to the wedding. E-sessions are like windows into the couple's souls; the props they use & the theme they choose show us what they are really like as people, and what they both like as a couple.

Oftentimes, e-sessions also allow the couple to become someone they aren't. They play dress up, do wacky stuff. Why, even the non-romantics are lulled into doing things they thought they'd never do in their entire life! Ah, the magic of the e-session. :-)

For this series, we discuss the shoot with Daniel Lei Studio.

Tell us about the concept of this shoot:

We aim to showcase their black and yellow theme, chess being Leo's interest and yellow being Mitch's favorite color.

Favorite elements?

We'll definitely remember the yellow and white balloons and the big chess board.

How do you make couples feel comfortable?

We spend around 30 minutes doing test and warm up shots and show them how they look on the camera and it's also important that we don't make them do anything they're not comfortable doing.

Highlight of the shoot:

Shooting at the Pan de Amerikana.

Favorite memory of this day?

Playing around with the huge chess board and what we can do with it for the photos and video. It was also our first time to shoot at the sought-after Mango Farm.

Your wish for the couple?

We wish Mitch and Leo a happy life together and of course, babies, and we hope to see them again on their 25th silver wedding anniversary!

Tips to couples on how to prepare for an e-session:

a. Scout for a good location and secure permits if needed
b. Spend time to look for inspirations and concepts
c. Brainstorm together with your photographer/videographer
d. Have at least 2-3 outfits depending on the concept

Location Guide: Pan de Amerikana Bakeshop & The Mango Farm

Daniel Lei Studio
Landline: 334-9037
Globe: 0906-2722320 (Primary)
Smart: 0920-5016209
Email: thestorycircle@gmail.com
YM: wsi_lei

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