Friday, August 13, 2010

... the beauty that arises from the chaos

Weddings can be a crazy thing to shoot. They are often a long, time short day, in public locations with little control. It's you, 200 people, the general public and a camera. There's no lighting truck, no stylist, no team of assistants, no off camera monitor, and no on site catering. But that's only the technical side. The subject is often more demanding. The wedding itself, being a rare (usually), emotional, personal and significant family event creates it's own intense environment. People are often uncomfortable having their photo taken, relationships between family members can be tense, alcohol is abundant, time pressures arise, car parking is some times impossible, illness, toilet stops, awkward dresses and shoes, plus the general weirdness of worlds colliding - friends, families, adults, teenagers and young children. Not to mention the weather. Of course the great part of all this is the beauty that arises from the chaos, and that's wedding photography for me - finding the moments that speak of the day, the couple and their relationship (and avoiding the cheesy shot that the guest with his camera is suggesting I take by the rotunda). But I'm raving here, what I really want to say it that occasionally it's nice to work with inanimate objects, with lights and a white background. Here's what I've been doing today.

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