I'm Going to the Chapel and I'm Bringing My Diana Mini

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In which our hero attempts to capture the wedding day, but fails to consider lighting. Or, taking pictures at my Sister-in-law’s wedding with my Diana Mini.

I was asked to be a groomsman in my sister-in-law’s wedding. I was flattered and honored that they would think of me. In the time between the asking and the event I’d taken up lomography and purchased a Diana Mini. I thought: why not bring the Mini and take some pictures.

A wedding is such an emotionally driven event that I thought in some magical way this petite device would serve as the best tool for such a task as capturing intangible things. I learned one thing from that day (something I don’t think I will ever shake): when taking photos with film indoors, one requires ample light. The portion of the roll I shot inside the church did not turn out. I had the good sense just after the ceremony, while the wedding party was waiting in the bride’s chambers, to extend exposure. However, the few I was left with made the roll worth it entirely.

The one shot that truly encapsulates the happiness of the day was shot after the wedding when the bride and groom were making their escape in a convertible. The wedding party had lined the walk up to the church and blew bubbles and made noise with party horns along with the rest of the families and friends as they exited.

Afterward, we took the posed pictures with the wedding photographer. After shots in the church we went to the nearby town square. There was much waiting to be had.

I took a shot that actually turned out as I’d planned it: focus on groom with bride and bridesmaids in background posing for the other photographer. Typically if I put too much thought into a shot it doesn’t come out right. I was happy with this one.

One of the last shots I got was as we were making our way back to the cars and to the reception hall. It had been a busy, rush-about couple of days and I thought this shot portrayed the kinetic energy of the days preceding any wedding.

All in all I was happy with the shots I got. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get more, but it was good practice. I truly think that a lo-fi film camera such as the Diana Mini is ideal for capturing shots at a wedding. It won’t yield crisp, perfect images, but images that are far more emotive of the day (at least in my opinion). Next summer I’ll get to take pictures at a good friend’s wedding and hopefully I’ll have learned my lesson… or gotten a flash.

written by rrohe on 2011-06-18 #35mm-diana-mini-wedding-emotion-extended-exposure #lifestyle

5 Comments

  1. caromi
    caromi ·

    That last picture is beautiful!

  2. rrohe
    rrohe ·

    Thank you. It was my favorite of the roll.

  3. nick_a_tron
    nick_a_tron ·

    What a cool idea! I'd love to see more lomo wedding shots! I guess 400 or even 800iso film and a wide aperture like f4-f2.8 would be suitable for indoor shots without flash. I'm not sure if the mini has such apertures though...

  4. rrohe
    rrohe ·

    nope, she's only got f8 and f11. b too, i guess.

  5. kadense
    kadense ·

    love this! ever since i got into lomography, i've had the idea of getting someone to photograph my wedding (when it happens) with a film camera!

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