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Marianne Chua (UK)

Marianne Chua is an award-winning wedding photographer based in London whose cheeky stylised documentary event photography has garnered recognition around the world. In 2017 US photography publication Rangefinder Magazine named her as one of their 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography, which complemented her multiple Fearless Photographers and Wedding Photojournalism Association awards.

Her unusual aesthetic is partly due to her lack of photography background and ignorance of wedding norms. After finishing her PhD in Psychology, Marianne took a whimsical chance with professional photography after a friend hired Marianne after seeing her toy camera photos. Within a few years Marianne’s proactive attitude towards business led to a rapidly growing full-time career, including a brief dalliance with live music photography giving her the chance to shoot artists such as P!nk, Stevie Wonder and Florence + The Machine.

More recently, Marianne has crafted her signature style characterised by strong shapes and contrasting colours, applying her view of the world to private, corporate and performance events as a freelance photographer. Marianne is currently a photographer for Secret Cinema, the UK’s biggest immersive theatre company.

Beyond photography she is passionate about elevating women in her industry and has taught and organised several workshops to this aim, alongside being invited to speak at several photography conferences, retailers and The Photography Show.

TESTIMONIAL

My first experience with Fujifilm began with the X100S when I bought one after hearing how light and small these cameras were. Having always shot with primes, I knew how important it was for me to be able to shoot discreetly and get in close to my subjects. I figured a small camera would suit a small photographer. However, it didn’t fully replace my professional kit until a friend of mine showed me his X-Pro2 a few years later, excitedly telling me about its ability to auto focus on things he couldn’t even see in the viewfinder. I tried it for half an hour and was convinced that Fujifilm had produced the technology I was waiting for. It only took trialling it at two full wedding days to make me feel confident enough to sell all my old DSLR equipment and fully transition to Fujifilm.

Although they say the gear doesn’t make a photographer, I would confidently say that Fujifilm improved my photography. For someone who spends a lot of her time crawling around floors and standing on chairs for a unique perspective, the X-T2 flipscreen with its live view mode was a game changer. It removed all the guesswork thus allowing me to quickly compose with ease, and created more time for hunting for the next interesting angle. The lightness of the camera also liberated me to shoot in a way I personally could not before. My old DSLR was too heavy for me to hold up one-handed for a long period of time, whereas the Fujifilm cameras can be waved around in the air for hours without fatigue.

I only let go of the X-T2 set up when the X-T3 came along, I find the fast AF and the beautiful image quality makes my heart sing when I check a shot 1:1. I have tried almost every camera brand in the past. Although many have been good tools, the tactile handling of Fujifilm bodies has made shooting work feel like fun. Coming from toy point-and-shoots and developing 120 black and white in my bathtub, the experience of photography has always been just as important to me as the photo itself. Fujifilm is the perfect system to bring that joy.

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