It is one of my frustrations that our wedding was not covered by fellow lomographers; and so, I am compensating.
In contemporary societies, there seems to be a marriage between photography and celebrations. Rites of passage are important milestones that we achieve in our human lives, and we are truly thankful for our cameras; that they allow us to cherish these moments long after they are through. From baptism, through birthday, bar mitzvahs, and even in funerals, photography has always been there to capture bits and pieces of time.
Among these celebrations, one of the most important, is a person’s wedding! I am a married man myself, and I know how people spend a fortune in order to have that dream wedding. To most of us, a day to celebrate friendship, love, and commitment should be nothing short of a fairytale!
If I have one regret about how we planned our wedding; it is that we never really consider having lomographer buddies cover our day. I was well into analogue photography then, but I did not personally know any of those fellow enthusiasts I interact with online. I think, sent a message to one of them, but I did not get a reply.
And so, to compensate for my frustration, I always make sure that I bring an analogue camera or two whenever we get invited to a friend’s wedding. There are just so many interesting things to take photo of in celebrations like such. Here are some of my favorites.
Reception. Wedding means fancy table arrangements, and sumptuous food!
Children. It’s funny how innocent children can steal the show in the middle of an adult gathering.
Flowers. Most of us love taking photos of flowers. Color, drama, romance, grace, femininity, all rolled into one!
The Couple’s Portrait. Of course, if you are not the lead photographer, it’s difficult to get a shot close enough.
The Bride. My favorite of course, would be the bribes entrance upon the church doors. It’s just magical! It reminds me of the feeling I had when I was staring at my wife as she was walking down the aisle.
So, are you gonna marry soon? Make sure you invite us, your Lomo friends!