Couple's bad wedding photos post goes viral

THE photos were meant to bring back sweet memories of their big day but have instead made Jaclyn Ying and Kelvin Tang unhappy soon after their wedding.

In a cautionary tale that has become the talk of social media here, Ms Ying, 25, an education executive, recounted in a Facebook post on Sunday their shock at how badly their wedding photos had turned out.

The 21 wedding photos she put up with her post include those taken at odd angles and processed with odd colour filters. Her post has been shared more than 17,000 times.

Ms Ying said they had signed up for an all-in-one package with a "pretty reputable bridal shop". While she was told that she could not choose her photographer, she was promised that the "standard of the talent pool was consistent".

The couple, who had their wedding dinner at The Halia at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on March 26, were shocked after getting their wedding photos on Saturday.

"I was in disbelief. I cried too. A lot." Ms Ying said.

For instance, one of the shots showed the groom posing in a bush, presented through a black-and-white filter while the background is filtered green.

Ms Ying and Mr Tang, 32, a court stenographer, paid more than $3,000 for the package, which included outfits, hair and make-up services and 10 hours of photography on their wedding day.

"I had expected that the photos would roughly fall within what we wanted - not blurred, well lit, reasonably well edited," said Ms Ying.

While wedding photographers said photography is subjective, most agree the photos were not well taken.

Melvin Lau of Multifolds Photography said: "As much as the photographer attempts to be creative in his tilted shots and colour editing, it hasn't been done tastefully."

Benny Low of Colliding Luster added: "It is important to look at the work of the photographer to understand his eye for photography and his concept."

Ms Ying said they met the photographer only on the morning of the wedding. "He is a really nice guy and we really don't have anything bad to say about his attitude or demeanour."

While she did not name him, Chung Siew Goh said yesterday on his Facebook page that he took the photos - though the post was removed.

Calling Ms Ying's post unfair, he said he edited more than 900 photos for them but they chose 20 to express their dissatisfaction. He wrote: "Now (they) put (it) up in (the) media to show the whole world and spoil our reputation."

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