Engagement Photography: US vs. China + Our Photos !!!

Michael and I took our engagement photos a long time ago in China. One of them was my FaceBook profile picture for a while.  Why am I posting them right now? For two reasons: 1, Some of you ( friends in China ) were surprised to see me describing myself as a wife in the ” about ” post, and asked me where were the engagement/wedding photos. I think this is a great opportunity to share with you this important moment for me and Michael; 2, I noticed that there are very different styles in engagement photography between China and the US,  ( I am not a photography expert in either country, just some thoughts ) and I’d love to share them with you :

Buying the service VS. Buying the whole experience 

In the US, people are paying for the service : Photographers’ time and expertise. What you get are the digital photos. Usually you have to pay extra for prints and albums unless there are other arrangements made. Also, the photographer own the copyrights of all of the photos. The wedding photography business in China works in a different way. With almost any studio , big or small, you are getting the whole package. Not only the digital photos, but also albums, framed prints, makeup , hair, clothes, props for each theme you shoot. Different packages have different numbers of themes. Our package includes six themes, so they changed my makeup and hair six times. Read More »