A friend of mine, who likes my photography, wants to me do what I do (photo-wise), at his wedding this weekend.
I’ve just been plotting my kit list. There’s basically the kit photographed above, (plus my trusty LC-A ) and a bunch of old school 35mm point and shoots that we got off eBay. We’ve packed each of these in a special ‘challenge bag’ with instruction cards in them detailing various timed photographic challenges.. stuff like;
HORSEFACE: Take a camera. Get someone to do that noise a horse makes. Not the niegh, the other one. Take a flash photo. ( example )
ANGRY TOURIST: Get people to pretend they are an angry tourist and have their photo taken.
( examples )
STRANGER GRAZER – find some strangers. Have your photo taken with them. (You may need to go to out into the wild) bonus points for bar staff, policemen and bears. 24 groups or individuals. 30 minutes, GO!
Plus a few more…That’ll be for the party that’s happening on Saturday night.
Some of the daytime ideas I’ve got are…
- Brenzier effect shots – as per this shot of the happy couple in all their finery
- A few rolls of medium format black and white with the Bronica – I’m hoping to capture some quiet candid stuff with this particularly.
- I’m hoping to get some aerial shots as well of the whole group (around 90) – using a monopod and a remote trigger which I’ll give to someone in the assembled congregation. (as I did on this shot)
- I’m also hoping to get a time-lapse of the town hall (wedding venue) filling up with people, the ceremony, then filing out again.
- I’ll be snapping away with my Nikon and Lomo as well for ‘from the hip’ photo opportunities that arise.
- I’ll aim to get the classic family grouping as well.
I did tell him
“You know I’m not a wedding photographer right?” said I.
“I know” said The Groom to be “but I like your styles and we basically want you to do that, but at our wedding”.
..Which I took as a massive compliment, and agreed. They’re letting me set the direction (gulp) so I’m going to shoot loads of different styles, techniques and angles but have a fall back safety nets of a few tried and tested sure fire shots. I’ll probably shoot hundreds of shots. Chuck enough mud at the wall, some of it sticks.
I am really looking forward to it. It’s in a beautiful part of the world, and the guest list is probably quite beautiful, as well. I’m hoping he’ll give me permission to share some of them here later.