Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate with photoshoot plans, with a grey and rainy day instead of a beautiful sunset on the beach. However, aside from a bit of anxiety as I’m pushed to be even more creative, I absolutely love the challenge of working in difficult photography situations. With fading light, scattered showers, and the twinkling lights of Christmas just starting to go up around the city, I headed out with Matt and Caroline to get some photos of the two of them before they get married in February. As Texas transplants, Caroline had always wanted to go to SF as a tourist, taking photos around the town. Now as Bay Area residents the Golden Gate may seem a bit less glamorous, but we still had our chance to grab a few city view photos for them to bring back with them when they head back home for the wedding. We had a wonderful time, only got a little bit wet and I think that these photos are absolutely worth it. A few quick favorites are below.
Mark and Kimberley’s New Years Eve wedding at the Berkeley City Club was a grand event combining the holidays, a party with dear friends and family, and of course a celebration of love between two wonderful people. I always love to look through the story that I tell with still images first, and then compare that to what can be presented through moving images and sound. I feel like the drama of a moment can be accentuated with a still photograph, light can be adjusted to accent an image, and it is easier to bring an artistic interpretation into an otherwise plain moment. However, with film one can find more emotional nuance through conversations and interactions- one that is less subject to the manipulations or interpretations of the person behind the camera – but is an unscripted and real presentation of personality, emotion and character that documents an important moment in an entirely different (but complimentary) way. In our fusion films, my partner Peter H. Chang and myself work to find the best presentation of the moments of the day and weave them together into a blend of moving and still images that is both cinematic and photojournalistic- to document the beauty, the nuance, the emotion, and the unique personalities of the wedding day in a single fusion piece.
Of course, it’s always helpful when our clients are so well spoken, love each other completely, and have such devoted friends and family around them. Congratulations to Mark and Kimberley. Thanks to Peter H. Chang for his primary work on this film, and for the assistance by Christopher Fuzi and Sierra Hawthorne as assistants during the wedding day.
It is always a fun challenge to work on the cutting edge of wedding photojournalism, and we really enjoy putting fusion films together. While we will undoubtedly continue to do a handful in the future, both Peter and I will be stepping back from weddings this year to shoot and develop an IMAX feature film. More details will follow as that project develops.
Jaime and Kevin took a break from their world wedding tour (playing in Chicago, Monterey Bay California, and Singapore) to come meet with me for some engagement photos. We went to the San Jose Art Museum, a place where they were walking, as friends, years before when a stranger came up to talk to them about what a great wedding venue it would be for them. The thought process started, they ended up together not too long after. While the museum didn’t end up as their venue it was fun for a few shots before we headed up to Stanford and the foothills to brave the stormy weather. Their energy, laughter, and chemistry and a brisk hike through through the hills made for a wonderful afternoon.
Exhibit A on left: standard hiking boots. Exhibit B on right: designer shoes (one of two pairs for the day).