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).
It isn’t often that I work on major holidays, but the opportunity to be a part of Mark and Kimberley’s big day, and big New Year’s Eve party was too much to resist. They were married at the Berkeley City Club, one of my favorite locations. It’s an unassuming building from the street, but inside the Julia Morgan architecture’s warm and classy glow is a wonderful sight and perfect for an elegant gathering and celebration. I often find it interesting to look through the common wedding photos on blogs- often filled with shots of shoes and flowers etc. For me these are standard shots, but peripheral to the central idea of a wedding, and wedding photography. With Kimberley and Mark’s photos, my passion for focusing on the flow of the wedding itself, the people, relationships, emotions was easy to follow. This particular wedding was filled with so much emotion and genuine love it was inspiring. I couldn’t resist all the detail shots completely, so just made them small in this post.
Many thanks to Sierra Hawthorne for her help shooting this wedding and to Peter H. Chang and Chris Fuzi for their help with the fusion film that we are working on.
Working with Peter to put this film together brought back so many memories of this touching wedding, it’s incredibly powerful moments, and the wonderful people I met that day. Nina and Peter were married last year in a private ceremony at the LDS Oakland Temple, followed by an open ceremony and reception at the Lafayette Park Hotel.
We would like to dedicate this film to Peter’s sister Kate, who I never knew personally, but whose voice was a light of inspiration at the ceremony, and whose life of love and perseverance will surely be missed.
Thanks to Peter H. Chang for his work on this fusion film and to Nancy Tsai for her photographic assistance during this event.