Did you know that Hong Kong is an AMAZING city for weddings, pre-wedding, and couples photoshoots!? As a professional photographer based in Hong Kong, I’ve had the honor of photographing pre-wedding shoots, weddings, events, portraits, and much more in Asia's world city!
A bonus of working in Hong Kong for over a decade is that I’ve had the chance to scope out the city’s top photo shoot locations for weddings, pre-weddings and couples photography and I’m thrilled to share them with you here.
Wedding, pre-wedding, and couple photography in Hong Kong is a mixture of portraits, headshots, motion, and street photography, I hope you are ready to take some great photos!
Why Should You Trust Me?
My name is Ali G from Ali G Studios; I have been working as a professional photographer in Hong Kong for over a decade. You can find my work in worldwide publications and exhibitions, including:
- New York Times
- India Times
- Hello Magazine
- Extraordinary Exhibition by Karen Leung Foundation
I have also worked in Hollywood with Oscar winning artists, as well as being the go-to photographer for major international brands such as LVMH, Four Seasons Hotels, Dom Perignon and Moet & Chandon.
Wedding, pre-wedding, and couples photography made up a big part of my work, and since I moved to Hong Kong, I have never stopped exploring the city with my camera.
This article will share some great photo spots that I can always capture, beautiful, romantic that can impress my clients a lot.
For the lucky couples who found the love of their lives and planning to get married, I have written another article regarding Hong Kong Wedding Tips, sharing a lot of helpful information as industry insiders.
Best Hong Kong Photos Spots for Wedding, Pre-Wedding, and Couples Photography – Who Should Read This?
Couples, especially those who are engaged, planning to get married, and wedding photographers would be benefit from this article because you can get a better idea about where to go for getting the best wedding, pre-wedding, and couple photos in Hong Kong.
Travelers visiting Hong Kong would also love the photo spots we have suggested because they are just so beautiful.
Best Places to Take Couples Photos in Hong Kong
1. Vibrant Victoria Harbour
One of my all-time favorite couples photoshoot locations is Victoria Harbour, otherwise known as Hong Kong Harbour. Pose on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront promenade at sunset against Hong Kong’s skyline of iconic buildings or board the Star Ferry for a dramatic backdrop with the Symphony of Lights!
2. Historic Neighborhoods
Take a stroll through Hong Kong’s historic neighborhoods such as:
- Sheung Wan
- Wan Chai
- Tsim Sha Tsui
- Mid Levels
There are a host of photo shoot hotspots from Square street and Man Mo temple to cute cafes and colorful walls. If it’s a hot nightspot you’re after, look no further than Lan Kwai Fong - Hong Kong’s most popular destination for a couple of tasty happy hour drinks and an ideal place for a relaxed Hong Kong photoshoot.
3. Iconic Trams
There’s nothing more iconic than a photo shoot in the middle of Hong Kong’s bustling streets with the juxtaposition of east meets west, Chinese character neon lights, and Hong Kong's colorful trams. The trams run east and west on Hong Kong island, and there are several great spots to catch moments like above.
Already inspired to have your romantic photoshoot? Please contact me to book your bespoke Hong Kong couple’s photoshoot today!
4. Beautiful Beaches
One of the many highlights of Hong Kong is its golden sand beaches a stone's throw away from downtown, most of which are easily accessible with local bus and ferry connections.
Great beaches such as
- Repulse Bay
- South Bay
All these beaches offer an array of photogenic sun-kissed opportunities.
It’s definitely worth staying a little longer to take advantage of the "golden hour" for a romantic sunset photoshoot. The historical buildings like Repulse Bay Hotel and Murray House in Stanley are add-ons to these beach locations.
Tips for beginner photographers: The golden hour (also called magic hours) in photography means the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset. During these moments, lights are soft and warm and very suitable for shooting amazing photos.
5. Colorful Temples and Markets
Why not embrace the local flavors of Hong Kong and set your portraits amongst vibrant local markets like Wanchai, Stanley market, Ladies Market, and Central market?
Alternatively, if you want to escape the hustle and bustle why not find your zen in a local temple. The incense spirals, golden Buddhas, and stone statues make for captivating settings.
6. Elegant Hotels
Hong Kong has some of the world’s most iconic hotels such as the Grand Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Intercontinental, and two of my recent photoshoots were at The Peninsula and Four Seasons hotels.
Although most hotels won't let you shoot inside unless it's your wedding day and you have booked their venue, public areas like outside the front of the Peninsula Hotel make for a grandiose photoshoot location.
Insiders tip: the Peninsula Hotel also has a helipad and does helicopter tours, which can provide that cherry on top for your Hong Kong couple’s photoshoot.
7. Vantage Points - The Hong Kong Peak (Victoria Peak)
No top Hong Kong couple’s photoshoot location list would be complete without Hong Kong’s pinnacle, “The Peak.” Victoria Peak, as it is officially known, is the highest hill on Hong Kong Island and lends itself to breathtaking views of Hong Kong harbour, the city, and surrounding natural wonders.
Pro Tip: There’s a beautiful park up there which lends itself well for a nature-inspired photoshoot, especially at sunset.
Best Hong Kong Photos Spots for Wedding, Pre-Wedding and Couples Photography – Useful Tips
- Bring along a pair of comfortable trainers with you so you don’t need to move around with your beautiful but difficult to walk-in high heels
- You don't need the best DSLR to capture impressive photos (For sure better quality cameras, lenses and gears always helps). These days, high-quality mirrorless cameras and even the best camera-phones can produce high-quality images. It's more about if you understand the principles and tips behind.
- Make use of accessories such as camera belts, an ergonomic camera backpack... would help a lot on your shooting day
- Multiple outfit choices
- Get your nails done a few days before the shoot
- Put on a hydration mask the night before your photoshoot
- Choose a nice bag to carry all your essentials, and make sure you bring along these items:
- Your Makeup kit
- Lotions and creams in small travel size bottles
- A small mirror if you are planning to do your makeup onsite
- A small snack pack with a bottle of water and wet wipes
- An environmental friendly metal drinking straw, to prevent your lipstick from coming off
Best Hong Kong Photos Spots for Wedding, Pre-Wedding and Couples Photography – Final Words
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