Earlier this year I had the pleasure of photographing a real rock n roll Thai style beach wedding. No luxury hotels, expensive wedding agency fees or anything like that, just a converted living room for the morning ceremony, a bar on the beach and beautiful nature all around us.
It started out with a crazy parade through the local streets with people dancing to the music. I was running around like crazy trying to get the shots. I stuck to my usual 35mm and 85mm combination throughout the day. So many moments were captured in just a short space of time! I couldn't let the camera rest for even a second.
It's a really special thing to be entrusted with photographing someone's Wedding day. Everyone seems to let their emotional guard down and really open up for just one day. As a photographer I'm there with the bride and groom throughout the day and get to witness many a special moment.
I love the 'photo journalistic' style of Wedding photography; capturing candid, natural and beautiful moments. You can never really switch off because you never know when something special is about to happen. My shirt was drenched in sweat from the very beginning!
As much as I like the documentary style of Wedding photography, there's always a need for some posed shots. After the morning ceremony, we quickly drove to a local beach spot that I knew and had just 30 minutes to get some nice shots together. The above is my absolute favourite, a real tropical wedding.
From the afternoon onwards it turned into a real beach bar party, Thai style. It was an absolute pleasure to shoot and I'd love to do more destination weddings like this in the future. Who wouldn't?
As the night went on things gradually got more and more chaotic and the moments just kept on happening. I've never seen so many big smiles in one place before!
All in all, it was a fantastic photo shoot and I didn't have to look hard to capture some nice expressions. I used a combination of the Canon 6D with a Tamron 35mm 1.8 and a Sony A7ii with a canon 85mm 1.8 using the Sigma MC-11 adapter. The combination worked extremely well and it'll be my set up for the foreseeable future. The 35 really lets me take those 'story telling' shots whilst the 85 gives me a bit extra reach when I need it, and is great for the posed portraits. I might like to try a 24mm 1.4 lens one day, but I'm sure I'd just go back to the 35 anyway!
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Tokyo based Wedding, Family and Outdoor Adventure Photographer from the UK - A photo journalist at heart.