In March this year I was part of a production called the FILM Show, a show about photography that has been available online for viewing for a while. As a part of the show, we shot a wedding. Being a wedding photographer, it was very important for me that we shoot a real wedding, with real people and not an editorial shoot with models. In the end and through a lot of serendipity, it turned out that the hosts of the show would shoot the wedding of Sara and Dylan. I’ve know both Sara and Dylan over the internet for a while, so getting to shoot their wedding was a huge honor. We were five people hosting the FILM Show, me, Ryan Muirhead, Tanja Lippert, Jan Scholz and Tia Reagan, so even getting my head around shooting with three other photographers bothered me. Add a a film crew of about 20 people to that and you can imagine how difficult I thought it would be to shoot the way I normally do.
But for some reason it worked.
Tanja did her thing, I did my thing and so did Jan and Ryan. Tia styled Sara to perfection and I hope the images speak for themselves. These are some of my images from the day, I’m sure Tanja will share hers too. If you’re interested in me shooting you on film, let me know, i’m happy to shoot more film whenever I get a chance.
You can also watch the actual episode of the FILM Show here to give you a behind the scenes look of the day. And if you’re a photographer interested in my approach to wedding photography, both the art side and the business side, you can buy three separate workshop videos where I talk about my approach to what I do. There’s also a wedding Q&A I did together with Tanja. You may have to sign up to Framed to get to the workshops, but signing up is free.
But back to Sara and Dylan.
I shot this whole wedding on film and there was something about this that needed to be shot on film. Sara’s ethereal beauty needed the glow you get from film. And knowing Dylan brings it out of her, I just feel blessed I was there to document their day.
(For the photographers: this is shot with a Contax 645 with an Zeiss 80mm 2.0 and an Canon EOS 3 and a variety of L primes. The films used are Kodak Portra 160 rated at 125 for colour and Tri-x rated at box speed for B&W. Developed and scanned by Indie Film Lab).