Engagement photos are a great way for a wedding photographer to get to know their clients and have their clients get to know them before the big day. Engagement photos are also a great way for the couples to express themselves and show off their personalities in their images. That’s why couples choose to bring props, and some want to be photographed at a location that is sentimental to them; perhaps their favorite restaurant or the location of their first date, but not many couples choose their place of employment – especially not if you work at a funeral home. But this couple did.


At first glance, it looks like a typical Asian pre-wedding engagement shoot. Jenny Tay and her fiance Darren Cheng are dressed impeccably – Cheng looking dashing in a tux, while Tay is stunning in a to-die-for (pun intended, I’ll be here all week, folks) deep red gown. Upon closer look, you see the radiant couple with their prop – an elegant, white coffin.


Tay is the managing director of Direct Funeral Services in Singapore and Cheng is the business development director. Tay and Cheng, who took over the business from Tay’s father (well-known in the area for giving free funerals for those in need), are “very passionate about their jobs.

Death is a part of life and shouldn’t be seen as taboo,” says Tay, “In some cultures and religions, death means life and rebirth.” In fact, in the Chinese culture, the word for coffin also means wealth and some consider it a lucky symbol.

The couple contacted photographer Joel Lim and told him about their request. Lim said, “When she told me about it, I thought it was different, very cool. That’s the reason I took the project. I’m a fashion and commercial photographer, and I’m always on the lookout for interesting projects. The challenge was to make the pictures look good without being too morbid.

engagement-shoot-coffin-1 coffin-themed-wedding-shoot2 coffin-themed-wedding-shoot5What do you think? What is the most interesting shoot you’ve ever done? Comment below.

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CREDITS: Photographs by Joel Lim are copyrighted and have been used with permission  from Jenny Tay for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[Via Singapore Strait Times]