I went to a wedding this past weekend. It was the first wedding I attended in the last half-decade in which I wasn’t required to be even remotely responsible.
The last two weddings I attended, I photographed. The one before that, I was the best man. Before that – photographed. Before that – groomsman. Before that… you get the point.
It’s interesting how the simple fact that there’s no pressure can affect one’s images. In a normal circumstance, you’ve got to produce “the” pictures. They’re the ones that are expected at every wedding:
- full Full FULL F.U.L.L coverage of the ceremony
- posed shots of every possible permutation of family members
- pictures of every square inch of the reception hall
- the enterance
- the speech
- the first dance
- 17 kisses
- the bouquet toss
Of course, once you get through the “standard” shots, the coverage of the receptions allows for a lot more flexibility. Personal taste and an eye for the events ends up dictating the images. But in the back of your mind you’re still considering the fact that it’s a paying client and you have to deliver (at least somewhat) expected images. Oh – and your intake of alcohol is rather limited.
However, at a wedding of a close friend, where your only job is to party and drink, well… let’s just say that people are a lot less dependent on your work.
Laura and Ari booked a local photographer, my lovely girlfriend was the maid of honor, and the event coordinator had everything planned 6 ways from Sunday. In fact, no matter how hard I tried to help out, there wasn’t really anything for me to do.
So, from the moment I got there I was pretty much left to my own devices. Coupled with the fact that those involved were all friends of mine, I had the opportunity to photograph a wedding how I saw fit. Not that some of the pictures weren’t ones I would have shot anyway, but I could focus more on the moment instead of what I was “expected” to focus on.
I’m rambling. Here are some pictures.
And yes – that dude legitimately has the Battle Toads, Bubble Bobble, and Mega Man tattooed on his right arm. Awesome.