Wedding ceremonies are the best event for practicing/shooting romantic photoshoots.
I only took a photo together with my friend at their wedding party. I didn’t shoot the whole of the wedding day. The opportunity came when my paternal cousins Ryan were married on July 15th, 2012.
I come to his engagement with Horizon Perfekt camera loaded with Fuji Velvia ISO 100 in my hand. But the result are bad. It’s my first try of Velvia ISO 100 after using 2 or 3 roll of Velvia 50. And my guess if Velvia ISO 100 color result is not far from Velvia ISO 50, I was totally wrong. It came out like tungsten color or Fuji Sensia ISO 100/200 velvet color. Besides I didn’t calculate the other flash from many digital cameras that came into the same object that I captured with slow speed of my Horizon Perfekt camera. Lita Agustina Rahmah face, Ryan’s future wife, covered by overexposure flash light stripes. When my dad look this photo he made a cynical comment for me that really made me down. At that time my dad recently bought a new DSLR camera and always questioned my habit of spending a lot of money for analogue camera & film. And I can’t prove to him why I still shoot with film T-T So this is my 1st share (to avoid “tipster” word because I’m not the expert) : Using the tool (camera, film, etc) that you know best because we can’t go back to the past moment just because poor result that we can’t control it.
One week later Ryan and Lita’s wedding day is coming. Because we’re Muslim, the ceremony always started with Ijab-Kabul (kind of promise to be husband and wife forever, sorry I didn’t know the exactly word in English T-T) inside of Mesjid (mosque) Gedung Keuangan Negara, jalan (street) Asia-Afrika, Bandung. Maybe my 2nd share at this moment is to be prepared because mostly this event are shot by a lot of people which can cause the bad/good result to our photo. Be patient and respect other photographer is the key I think. I just wait for the “official” photographer to shoot and then I shoot later to avoid the mistake of my engagement night photo.
It’s important to shoot split seconds of romantic wedding day moments, but the most important thing is appreciating the event itself. So, please be quiet when the host are asking the audience to pray. Maybe one shot is okay, but not too much snip snap with your noisy camera please =)
Hmm, I think I’m writing too much “don’t”, okay let’s talk about our main topic : romantic photos. Just wait, see and feel, then shoot.
At the wedding day we meet a lot of people that we know and even some we don’t. So keep your camera/film from people who want to steal it. At a crowded place like a wedding ceremony, we never know. I’m sorry if it isn’t a technical part of a tipster, just told what my mom’s message that she always remind me of it.
I use some of Lomography’s 10 Golden rules such as be fast. Seems like hundreds of moments are happening at wedding day.
Take a look at your family/friend’s digital shoot and then shoot with different style with your analogue camera.
In Indonesia there is a saying that “married with someone not only married him/her but also his/her family.” It means put the family besides the romantic couple at the frame to add the happiness of the family of romantic shoot (sorry for confusing grammar T-T)
Ignore all my advise and take your camera & a lot of film to shoot anything romantic!