The things we don’t talk about...

It seems there are two types of photographers in this world; wedding photographers and all the rest! All the rest are very busy talking about how they DON’T do weddings, ever! - because somehow that field has gotten a reputation of being lame and corny. There’s a bit of truth in that, I think we’ve all seen our share of over-posed and over-processed wedding pictures - my goodness, yes! But I would also know a handfull of extremely talented artist that can transform a wedding into something far greater than cheesy poses and bad Photoshop.

It’s probably no surprise that I belong to “the other” category. I don’t shoot weddings, and I don’t have a great desire to do them. But the truth is that every single photographer I know have at some point been asked the question. We all have family and friends - and at one point or another they tend to get married, and then the obvious question comes. It usually starts something like “…ehm, we know you don’t do weddings, but we were wondering if you could help us with some images anyway…?” and BOOM the beast is out! What can you say? It’s your best friends, it’s your sister, it’s your wife’s cousin sitting in front of you - however you imagined saying “No thank you" - you’re gonna end up being the bad guy… Not cool, right?

And so all of us who don’t shoot weddings end up shooting a wedding… Irony of life right there. If you’re a professional photographer - I challenge you to tell me you haven’t been there! ;)

And yes, this past weekend, two of my dear friends did indeed get married - and for a long time they hadn’t asked the question, and I was starting to think that maybe I would ride under the radar. Three days before the wedding, the call came…

After the usual freaking out and claiming it’s so far from what I do and want to do, I got my head together and starting putting together ideas of telling the story of two important people. But hey, wait - isn’t that what all us “I-never-shoot-weddings” photographers do all the time? Tell stories…? Hmm, food for thought. Well here’s a journey down my (alternative) wedding path this weekend. 

I don’t like clean shots, never have, never will! I like the imperfections of life - and moreover - the imperfections of people. So that’s my starting point for most of my images. That also means shooting straight lenses at an event like this is a no-go. Bended, distorted, beautiful life moments is my safe place. For this session I used a magic combination of tilt-shift lenses, old TLR’s with a matte-plate to die for and many other combos that break up ordinary lines and habits. Here are a few of my personal favourites…