Hanbok & hanok: a portrait shoot at Gyeongbokgung Palace


A bottle of wine will get me to do anything.


Well, almost anything.


A few months ago, my buddies Dan & Suyeon, whose unbelievable wedding happened earlier this year, asked me to take their wedding portraits. It was a huge surprise and I almost turned them down out of apprehension. My photography has always been for me, just a hobby, something fun to do, a creative past-time.

In fact, I’d never taken photos where a second party had an expectation of the quality. If I took a picture and it looked bad, no one was disappointed but me. But taking wedding portraits presented a new obstacle.

Putting my best foot forward for not only for two other people, but for two friends.

Doing something creative and purposeful for people I love.


So, I accepted. It presented a new challenge, and wound up being a really thoughtful learning experience. In exchange, I asked them for a nice bottle of red and off we went to Gyeongbokgung Palace in downtown Seoul, one of the most famous landmarks in the city.

Suyeon and Dan looked absolutely stunning in their traditional Korean hanbok, and more than a few tour guides pointed them out to their group as they walked past.


Although, considering the traditional Korean theme of the shoot, maybe a bottle of red was a bad move…


Should’ve asked for soju instead ;)


I’ll cheers them when I crack it open ;)

32 Responses to Hanbok & hanok: a portrait shoot at Gyeongbokgung Palace

  1. Ellie 13 July, 2012 at 15:45 #

    love the cute shoes and heart! Very beautiful photos!

    • na-o-mi 16 July, 2012 at 13:55 #

      Thanks lady! I love the engagement shots you got done!! :)

  2. Kate 13 July, 2012 at 16:09 #

    Oh-em-gee. These are beautiful. I’m gonna go against type and say I like the black and white ones best. So many wedding photos are very serious and lovey-dovey, but I like the joy and playfulness of these!

    • na-o-mi 16 July, 2012 at 13:56 #

      Dude. Dan and Suyeon were so much fun to shoot!! Dan totally led all the poses, haha ;)

  3. Kirstin 13 July, 2012 at 17:48 #

    these are so GREAT!!! i love them!

    • na-o-mi 16 July, 2012 at 13:58 #

      Aw, thanks lady!! That means a lot coming from you! xx

  4. Annebeau 13 July, 2012 at 19:50 #

    Wonderful! Very talented photographer! It was a delight to take a mini vacation looking at your pictures.

    • na-o-mi 16 July, 2012 at 14:22 #

      Wow…what a nice thing to hear!! Thanks for the kind words :)

  5. Graceann 13 July, 2012 at 21:20 #

    What a wonderful set of photographs – I love how you show their playfulness and pure joy in one another. Gorgeous.

    • na-o-mi 16 July, 2012 at 14:39 #

      They were such a fun couple to photograph!!

  6. Daniel 13 July, 2012 at 21:28 #

    Thank you so much for taking the photos. We love them. Sooyeon is so happy with the photos. my mom cried when she saw them. I can’t wait to get the rest. You and I will have to knock out a bottle or two over this.

  7. Sooyeon 13 July, 2012 at 23:09 #

    Im really appriciated your works for us.
    It was amazing fun time with you.
    I can stop to see our pictures and love your talent.
    You took amazing pictures and made good memorize to us.
    Thank you so much~Naomi.

    • na-o-mi 16 July, 2012 at 14:46 #

      My pleasure pretty lady!! ^^~

  8. Oleah 16 July, 2012 at 06:45 #

    the photos are very beautiful. & love the korean-style shoot.

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    • na-o-mi 16 July, 2012 at 14:47 #

      That was the best part, actually – it was such a cultural experience for me! ;)

  9. Kristina 16 July, 2012 at 12:11 #

    Beautiful pictures, you did a wonderful job! And also your weekend on the tropical island getaway sounds amazing!! must have been so much fun! xx

    • na-o-mi 16 July, 2012 at 14:48 #

      It was absolutely amazing! Never thought I’d live just a weekend away from a tropical island……..but too bad that it was wet season! ;)

  10. Shey 17 July, 2012 at 12:39 #

    these are lovely!

  11. Ekua 18 July, 2012 at 03:35 #

    Awesome job, Naomi. I think for wedding portraits, the couple’s ability to connect with the photographer is so important. Your friendship with this couple really shines through these photos and brings out their personalities. I love the outfits and the brides hair accessories are awesome.

  12. Jess Witkins 19 July, 2012 at 12:53 #

    These pictures are gorgeous, Naomi! I can’t believe you haven’t done this before. I’m imagining what all your travel pics must look like. And I love your friend’s dress, she looks stunning!

    • na-o-mi 22 July, 2012 at 16:10 #

      Aww thanks Jess!! I guess you didn’t meet them when you were here? Suyeon’s hanbok(s) were amazing!! :)

  13. Alli Campbell 24 July, 2012 at 01:22 #

    Oh my goodness these photos are gorgeous! Love the colours and textures of the clothes and jewellery – and how relaxed and in love these two look – captured beautifully. I’m sure these photos will be treasured forever.

    • na-o-mi 2 August, 2012 at 22:24 #

      Thank you! They really do radiate such an adorable vibe ;)

  14. Audrey 2 August, 2012 at 20:41 #

    These turned out amazing! I like how you captured the little details, and their love of course! I’m sure they were pleased with the way they turned. :D

    • na-o-mi 2 August, 2012 at 22:27 #

      고마워! Apparently, the family digs them too. That makes me feel like *^_______^*~~

  15. Julia 28 February, 2013 at 13:09 #

    Hi Naomi,

    The pictures are great! Do you do photoshoot for a fee for my family as we are going to Seoul from 19-23 April. I want to capture my great moment with my family as we travel, just on 19th (Yeouiso Street for cherry blossom) & 21st (Gyeongbokgung Palace). Please email me if you’re willing to do photoshoot for us. Well, i really hope you can.. Cheers!

  16. Alana - Paper Planes 6 July, 2013 at 14:41 #

    These are beautiful, Naomi!

    • Naomi Alyssa 10 July, 2013 at 10:29 #

      Thanks Alana! It’s one of my favourite shoots :)

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