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One for Me, One for Thee

Random , November 8, 2015

How idealistic can you be as a wedding photographer?

5 years ago when I started as a wedding photographer, I considered myself as being wild. I shot anything I want, anything I deemed to be interesting really. Yet, two years into the industry, a few dozen weddings in my pocket a fear started to arise. Influenced by this harsh industry, I started to have the idea of how do I please my couple? What kind of image that is suitable for everybody?

This is where I started shifting on how I shoot. Becoming more safe on choosing my angle of shots, relying a lot on bokeh(red:background blur) just to make an image more stand out. I had almost no complaints during this period of time. Yet something inside me was screaming out, “this is boring”. Wedding after wedding just felt like another day at the office.

I felt that I had to do something to make my job more fun. Two years ago I crossed paths with street photography, a genre of photography with no written rules. The only philosophy of it was to make every day life visually interesting.

Then, instilling street photography into weddings has become sort of my work flow. The way I work is, everytime a shoot a few frames of “safe for clients” shots, I felt that I deserve also to shoot a few frames of street photography. “One for me and one for thee.”

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