Towards the end of this excruciating winter, my wife and I were hired to shoot a wedding in St. Lucia. Four of our dear friends joined for the boat rides, beaches, and rum.
The more you do something, the better you get at it. This is true for us in regard to understanding how to get the most out of the travel we do for work. My wife Chellise and I have a wedding photography business together, and have been learning how to capitalize on our destination shoots. This particular time, the couple invited us along to St. Lucia to capture their wedding at one of the many Sandals Resorts that freckle the north end of the island. When we booked this job, we decided three things. First off, in lieu of staying at the all-inclusive resort, we would get an Airbnb for the week and rent a car to get around with. Second, we would invite some friends along for the adventure. And third, we would bring our LC-Wide EVERYWHERE with us.
We stayed in Vieux Fort, away from the crazy city life of the north. Two of our friends accompanied us in the house we got, and another couple found shelter an hour and a half drive away at an Airbnb in Gros Islet. We took turns hanging out, having solo time, swapping houses, and showing each other the beaches and destinations we discovered on our adventures alone. One of our go-to spots was a place called The Reef. This was our main rendezvous point, and we took lots of shots here. Some of my favorites are the black and white double exposures on the beach. Chellise and I are obsessed with this feature on our LC-Wide. That’s literally what we bought the camera for.
The diversity with what you can do with your LC-Wide is incredible. One of the techniques we tend to use a lot is setting the camera to shoot half-frame without the attachment in. This only allows the camera to wind half way and overlaps image after image. The pictures all bleed together in a horizontal narrative, very similar to the way our actual memories do. All of a sudden, personal life starts mixing with work life. On some of these shots, we’ll do multiple exposure as well to keep the psychedelia alive and well. The other technique we enjoy is shooting a full-frame shot, and flipping the camera upside down to shoot another to achieve a reverse mirrored effect. Nothing new to the world of Lomo, but certainly a fun option to experiment with in your own way.
From the local shacks with peanut rum, pitons, karaoke bars full of islanders singing 90’s country songs, sailing to Marigot Bay, and cooking fresh caught fish on the boat, to the stunning wedding shoot to the airport, we squeezed every last drop of fun out of our work-cation. So when you get the chance to travel for work, invite your friends along and stay a few extra days to get the full experience of the place you’re visiting. And don’t forget to bring your Lomo along for the ride… it’s the best storyteller in the world.
The Lomo LC-Wide boasts the newly-developed 17mm Minigon Ultra-Wide Angle lens. This 35mm camera wonder is the perfect companion for your photo expeditions. It produces eye-catching splashes of colour with astonishing saturation and contrasts with the added versatility of 3 different formats. Open up to a new photographic experience with the LC-Wide, available in our Shop.