While I'm primarily a portrait photographer I've spent the past seven years purposefully honing skills for my penultimate goal. To shoot weddings. I love weddings. Not there's anything wrong with corporate head-shots, it's that a wedding is just ya' know... a completely different vibe.
It's the kind of vibe that's infectious. That keeps you energised for 14+ hours. That affirms your belief in love and life and hope and dammit if those grandparents holding hands while nodding off at the end of the night didn't want to make me cry and do it all again. Yep. Weddings are kinda special.
So that being said late last year I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot two weddings. One of which was held at a very unique Melbourne institution - the Queen Victoria Market - for Jess & Heath. I could literally write for days about this amazing couple. From a wedding dress being made interstate, delivered days before the wedding, to a tailor who was more elusive than the Scarlet Pimpernel, to organising the reception at a National Trust listed venue (only the 2nd to ever be held there) both Jess & Heath organised their big day with such calm grace that the couple of times we met before the wedding was so relaxed it was like catching up with old friends. Nice.
However, I've heard it said that if you really want to know a persons character, spend some time with their friends. Such an opportunity arose during Jess & Heath's reception where I had set-up a little photo booth and encouraged people over one-by-one for a portrait. My concept was pretty simple. A singular portrait of every guest to make one large collage for the album. Simple.
To my delight, and something I did not foresee, were guests spontaneously enhancing the pictures with available props. Namely the table adornments which were appropriately (being a market) boxes of fruit and vegetables. It was amazing how much more relaxed people became once they had some broccoli or bok choy in hand.
Here are a few of the photo booth shots & also a slideshow of the entire day.
And if you're wondering if I'd like to shoot more weddings?