One of the Characters
Posted on October 15, 2010
You know how they say that the location where a movie is made becomes one of the characters in the film? I totally agree with this. In fact, I think it is MORE than this.
I think the same thing applies to a wedding. The location is one of the characters in the play. So on this note, I thought I would add a few images from my latest wedding.
Think of these as the bride, the groom, the mother of the bride, the flower girl or the best man. Lurking there in the background, never saying a word. The location.
I’ve had locations that held me back and others that set me free. I’ve had locations that ranged from 112 degrees down to the near freezing level. I’ve had inner city, outer city, middle of nowhere and center of it all.
The more weddings I do, which as you know is not all that many, but the more I do, the more I find myself wanting to explore only those that offer a location where I feel I can make my pictures. Can I shoot anywhere? Yes, of course. But, do all locations offer me what I need? No. When I first got into weddings I did many of the same things we all do. I sent promos to all the “high-end” locations, thinking this would put me on the map with the “high-end” people. I was so off. I don’t believe in “high-end” people, for one, but many of the “high-end” places were horrible shooting locations, and still are to this day. You know those fancy resorts…..you can have them. I want a sense of place. I want a sense of style. And most importantly, I want the “right-end” people.
“Right-end” people are normal people, and coupled with a good location…all I need and want. Sometimes when I do a job like this I feel like I’m in a bubble that allows me to move through the world invisible to other people. I can be right there, moving quiety through the mayhem, silent in all but the CLUNK of my mechanical beast. One picture at a time, seeing the ENTIRE puzzle of the day before me, coming together piece by slow piece. Do I do the corners first and help myself along, or do I just give myself to the idea of NOT being in control?
And all the while, the location is there, offering things up, taking things away. I never preconceive the location because when I do it never equals the equation my mind put on paper. I learned this during my days doing newspaper “stuff.” Don’t think about it, just go and react. Be ready. Then make your move.