Suggey & Christina – An Engagement Shoot!

Q: What do you do when it’s mid-December in Illinois in sub-freezing temperatures with an e-session to shoot?

A: Maaaan – what do we midwesterners look like? Pansy tropical flowers? Go and shoot that e-session.. and throw it on the ground! (…and have some fun!)

Well, that’s what we did with Suggey and Christina!  These two are so much fun to be around and I think it shows in their pictures =)  As for the cold and cloudy weather? Couldn’t keep ’em down.  Nor could the crutches due to Suggey’s injured ankle.  He persevered and came out like a champ (and he must have a REALLY built left leg after that day). Can you imagine not being able to walk or stand on both feet and being constantly asked to contort your body in all sorts of poses for a few hours?  Christina’s a lucky girl.  And from what I can see, Suggey’s one lucky guy too ;)

We went for themes of friendship, silliness, with a hint of goth and a kiss of romance.  That’s a lot of themes.  Who am I kidding?  We just did anything and everything and it worked out great for these two.  Go ahead and see for yourself!

Partly Mysterious, Hundred Percent Dae & Jina – The Proposal Video

A few weeks ago, Dan wrote a post about his ninja-style photographing of Dae’s creative proposal to Jina.  If you’ve seen it, there were probably portions of it that left you scratching your heads.

Hmm.. wonder what Jina is watching?

And what's with the football pads?

With Dae and Jina’s consent, that mystery is now revealed for us to know! But hold your horses! Before you jump straight for the video, know that it will not make any sense without a little background!

The Background.

You see, Dae created a proposal so personal and customized that it warrants a little explanation to fully appreciate it. The first time Dae and Jina went to a theater was to watch Pixar’s animated film Up. But this video has nothing to do with Up. Like most Pixar films, prior to the movie there is a quick digital short, which in this case is called Partly Cloudy. If you’ve never seen it, watching it is a must!  And even if you have, go ahead and give yourself refresher -it’s good for your soul. Go here to watch it.

This heart warming piece about friendship and commitment touched Jina. Remembering this, Dae decided to create a digital short of his own that parallels the storyline in Partly Cloudy. The story though is centered around the beginnings of their courtship process. The locations, time frame, and scenes are based on real events but artistic license was taken too. Keep in mind that the acting and interpretation of events are overly dramatic and done for laughs. Without spoiling the video, in case it’s not obvious let’s just say that Suggey’s acting (and everyone else’s too) is over the top and was never intended to reflect reality ;)

The Big Day.

On a sunny Monday afternoon, pretending that they were going to have an outdoor lunch date at a park, Dae casually mentions to Jina that he made a little video for his sister and wanted Jina to look it over.  He fires up the video and the screen fades to white. This is intentional to let Dae know that the video is indeed running and that he now has exactly 6 seconds before the actual short begins.  While Jina is distracted, he makes a dash for it to give her some alone time.

Without further ado, see the video for yourself. Enjoy!

Inside the box was a hand written note for Jina. The contents will remain a mystery to us =) And if you couldn’t figure it out, the bag Dae received from the girl are the football pads, which Dae changed into while Jina was watching the video. It was all a success and Jina said yes!  And can you believe that this was just the beginning of the full day he had planned out for them?  What a guy.


Producer: Dae Woung Kang

Screenwriter: Suggey Shin, Chris Sotelo, Matt Garard
Director: Chris Sotelo
Director of Photography: Oliver Peng, Chris Sotelo
Film Editor: Oliver Peng, Chris Sotelo

Dae as Dae
Suggey as Jina
random girl as Random Girl
Oliver as Oliver
Cassie as Cassie
Chris as Chris
Marah as Marah
Oliver as Roommate
Chris as Arm Wrestler

Taft & Becky – Fall Fun!

I’ve known Taft way back since before he was even called Taft.  Back then we used to call him Jonathan during our freshman year in college =)  We even lived together our junior and senior years and we reigned in an empire known as Snyder Hall.  Long gone are the days when I’d find him asleep in his bed with the Bible on his chest and his mouth wide open.  And long forgotten (I hope) are the nights of recording strange music videos..

Fast forward 9 years and now he’s well on his way to getting married!  I got the chance to shoot him and Becky to catch some fall foliage about a month ago.  The weather was great and the colors were phenomenal!

Can you feel the death glare?