Yes, I photographed my own Engagement Shoot

So ever since I got engaged in October 2011, I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries. “So who’s going to shoot your wedding? Are you going to do it yourself!? What about engagement photos? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT!?”. Many people suggested that I bring my camera down the aisle with me during my bridal procession… I thought about it– but I think in this case, it’s an exception to let go of my little SLR baby for just one little day. BUT, I did decide that I wanted to take a shot at shooting my own engagement photos! I knew it was definitely going to be a bit of a challenge– and it was- but honestly, I have the best fiance in the whole world, Jeddy <3 and I knew we just both needed to extend a little bit of patience and it would all be worth it! It ended up being a ton of fun, craziness and also super tiring.. but armed with my cameras, my lenses, a tripod and my new friend-- a remote-- we were all set! And so here we are on the road...
Our first plan was to go to Chelsea to take some photos by the High Line.. but I got sidetracked and was strangely attracted to all the warehouses before the entrance to the Queensborough bridge.

I really love these rusted old buildings! I found a cute little one with two doors that I had fun doing some jump-steps with Jeddy.

Who knew that running back and forth, readjusting the camera and trying to get the remote to sync would be so tiring? After those shoots, we headed back to queens to go to a local park instead to shoot a few more. On the way back, I said, “hey Jeddy… wouldn’t it be cool to shoot on the highway.. all the moving cars…” Next thing we knew, we were risking our lives on the 678 trying to get a decent shot. All while cars were honking away at us. Life threatening, but a really awesome shot came from it! I definitely know I have a keeper– if he’s willing to brave standing in the middle of a highway with me just for a picture!

Finally, went back to the park to shoot a few cute shots that were a little safer.

Then we got a little creative and did some little stop motion-action. Fight scenes included for your entertainment. (Images need to be

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And so that was my day spent! It was definitely a great time, and I’m so blessed to have such a patient and loving husband-to-be that can be excited for all the crazy ideas I have (and vice-versa). Thanks <3

Cindy Chu - April 22, 2012 - 12:27 am

OMGOSH!!!!!! THESE ARE SO CUTE!!!!! I LOVE IT! i had a great laugh you are SOOOO TALENTED CINDY CHUNG!!!! :):):) i love it~~~ you guys are soooooooooooo cool!!! esp the highway one and those funny faces one are so good! :)

Eric Hui - April 22, 2012 - 12:52 am

Great photos, Cindy and Jeddy! Love the animations and still cannot believe that you were standing in the middle of the highway :) See you in July!

helen - April 22, 2012 - 2:25 am

I love these!!!!!

Olivia Duong - April 22, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Cindy. I am DYING from the sweetness! This is such an original and amazing idea. I think these self-made photos really brought out the best in you two. Congrats again and much love.

Tony Lam - April 23, 2012 - 1:37 am

I am thoroughly impressed and happy for y’all.

Laura - April 24, 2012 - 5:44 pm

I LOVE some of these!!! the animations are so cool as well. haha one of my faves would probably have to be the animation where you guys are pretending to hit each other. Its cute and funny^^

Andrew - April 24, 2012 - 6:10 pm

The Gif of the highway is screaming to be turned into a cinemagraph. You and your fiance motionless caught in a blissful moment, with traffic moving around you.

Elaine Vuong - May 23, 2012 - 6:11 pm

The pictures are beautiful! I look forward to the big day!

mary - August 4, 2012 - 4:54 pm

gorgeous pics – love the red lipstick and red shoes— you both look adorable together– it’s the first time I’ve seen you TOGETHER! you’re so beautiful Cyndi!!!!

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