i just about never, ever shoot weddings. but an old friend talked me into covering their special day for them. it was a small, fun, intimate ceremony, and so very “them.”
many typical wedding photo teams involve multiple photographers getting everything from every angle so that no moment is missed, and every instant is captured from several perspectives so that the best one can be chosen later. since i don’t have a team and honestly getting weddings captured to a “T” isn’t exactly my thing, i shot the wedding as a photo essay, more journalistic and since i knew the couple i shot the wedding in a way that fit their personality. they didn’t want any couples portraits and nothing staged so everything in the photo set was taken during the course of their wedding, without any posing outside of the obligatory family portraits.
they also wanted a photo booth for guests. an open bar + wireless remote + camera with locked focus, exposure, & aperture + an off camera strobe + props (my favorite were the racist chinese glasses) = photo hilarity. a lot of things fell through during the setup and the background ended up being pure ghetto rig. without any other backdrop available, i headed to the foodland up in pupukea looking for party streamers or even ribbon. when they didn’t have that i had to settle for those mylar emergency blankets they sell in the tsunami preparedness kit. i’d like to think it worked out in a pinch.
congrats tony & amelia, wish you nothing but the best.