In our Photographer Series, we feature a photographer from our community of wedding photographers in OneThreeOneFour; sharing a little about the photographer behind the lens.
Andri Tei: Immortalising Raw Emotions. For Eternity.
To Andri Tei, a self-taught hobbyist turned wedding photographer based in Singapore, going into wedding photography was something that he had never imagined before. In fact, landscape and street photography was what caught Andri’s eye at first, something that is quite foreign to the world of wedding photography. It was only when Andri needed some pocket money during his university days that he dipped his toes into wedding photography, and he never looked back since.
What makes wedding photography special to Andri is the powerful emotions and genuine moments that is being captured on the couple’s big day. Whether it is the joy, laughter or pride coming from the couple, their families and their loved ones, Andri finds magic and beauty in witnessing all these raw emotions, and documents them so that they are immortalised. For eternity.
Andri finds magic and beauty in witnessing all these raw emotions, and documents them so that they are immortalised. For eternity.
How did you find your passion in photography?
I picked up my first camera in 2005 when I was in JC. Back then, I loved to shoot landscapes and chase the sunrise and sunset. Basically, photography was a medium for me to preserve that moment. Then gradually, I got influenced into street photography after looking at the works from Magnum photographers and begin to dwell more into that (you can still see the influence of street photography in my wedding works). I started shooting weddings (and events) as a way to earn some pocket money back in my Uni days. I realised it’s great to be able to do something you like and still able to earn from it.
How would you describe your photography style?
Street and documentary photography has always been my strength. I have always been intrigued by storytelling and the ability to use photography as a medium to tell stories. To me, every frame has to tell something, and with a good composition, layering and a bit of luck, sometimes you can get that perfect decisive moment.
To me, every frame has to tell something, and with a good composition, layering and a bit of luck, sometimes you can get that perfect decisive moment.
While wedding photography, especially when it comes to actual wedding days, involves lots of documentary elements, I find that it is important to have fine art and aesthetics elements in it too. In my photography works, I infused some fine art elements to get a good balance, so you get the aesthetics without losing the unobtrusive reportage moments. I feel that the photos are more ‘complete’ in this way.
Share with us an interesting couple from a wedding you covered.
There was a couple from Norway that enquired and booked me just a week before their wedding day. They were so chill that they didn’t bother to book a photographer way in advance. It was a very simple and intimate wedding, by the beach at East Coast Park’s Mana Mana Beach Club. It was the kind of wedding that I have always loved to shoot – an intimate and unpretentious wedding with character.
What are your favourite photo shoot spots in Singapore?
Seletar North, Upper Peirce Reservoir and Portsdown Road.
Is there anywhere/anyone/anything you would love to photograph next?
I would love to photograph a wedding that has character. Perhaps something that is done at their home (did one ROM), or backyard. I would love to shoot cultural weddings as well, or inter-racial marriages because when different cultures come together there’s just so much that I could experience and it’s lovely to see things that we don’t normally see or shoot regularly.
At OneThreeOneFour, we love Andri’s approach to wedding photography because he is passionate about capturing each couple’s story, their relationship and their dreams. And that is what marriage is all about. Sometimes in the midst of the wedding journey, it is easy to get lost in the details, the logistics and the planning. But at the end of the day, it’s the people and their stories that really matter.
About Andri Tei Photography
Andri Tei Photography offers pre-wedding/engagement photoshoot and ROM/wedding day coverage services, and his services start from SGD 750. If you are interested to have beautiful pre-wedding or wedding day photos, check out Andri Tei Photography’s portfolio on OneThreeOneFour.