Sometimes clients have some great ideas for portrait locations, which is why I make sure to ask for any suggestions early in the planning process. It definitely paid off during my recent shoot with the Boyington family from Canada. During our initial email conversations, I was introduced to the beautiful Ahopsan Forest. Located north of Busan in Gijang County, Ahopsan’s main attraction is its centuries-old bamboo forest. It was previously closed to the public but grew in popularity after being featured in several major film and TV productions.
After meeting up with the family at the gate, our first destination was the 관미헌, a lovely traditional house near the forest entrance. We took advantage of the beautiful textures of the windows and corridors. Afterwards, it was time for the main attraction. It was a bit of a walk up to the bamboo forest, but we eventually got to one of the main filming areas. This is where we’d spend most of the shoot, capturing different combinations of the family members. We even had a mini engagement session, as their youngest daughter’s boyfriend Cody also joined the trip.
All in all, it was a great morning out with the Boyingtons and I think we got some lovely images for them to remember their trip to Korea by. Below are some of my favorites from that session.
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Roy Cruz is a freelance photographer based in South Korea specializing in event, editorial, and portrait photography. Available for assignments nationwide and worldwide.