Real Wedding Encinitas Garden
Check out this backyard wedding in Encinitas, California. Not lacking in in style at all. The couple let me do my thing in documenting the day naturally, without getting involved in much beyond the portraits. With that in mind I set about mooching about all day long with my camera. Taking pictures without following a "shot list" is just way more natural than following the script. It allows me to go where the energy is and shoot for genuine moments between people, as well as capture the still life details of the wedding day and the home in general.
Those greens are amazing don't you think. It was a warm with an overcast sky which made the whole garden one big softbox for me (photographer talk for good soft light). The inside was much of the same, stunning craftsman house with painted white wall to give the home a fresh and clean look. It's really hard to imagine a better venue than a well styled home like this. You can play the music until the cops come, like they did here. You're not limited by which vendors you have to pick from and best of all you ain't got those gastly neon exit signs and fire extinguishers scattered about the place. Mind you, to be fair most of the venue I photograph don't have that stuff, but in comparison to a hotel kinda vibe, this wins hands down.
I see my self as an indie wedding photographer. Sure I make my living shooting weddings but I just don't really see myself as one. Maybe it's because I don't follow the script and I tend to shoot more like a street photographer than a cheesy wedding photographer. I really can't think of anything worse than being your typical run of the mill "wedding photographer for hire", shooting all that utter nonsense and not bringing anything new to the table ever, merely following what everyone else is doing in the wedding photography industry. Or perhaps its the fact that I can't stand to look at your typical wedding photographers work, I get kinda queasy when I do. I know I can write this now, because many of you feel what I'm saying and want something different, something raw and genuine.