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IMG_1525I backed into a wedding in Beirut recently. It’s a long story. But to be brief, I attended because a general surgeon had been invited and he never showed. And instead [uninvited] I had ended up with a warm invite to a small chapel to attend a [typical Lebanese??] wedding ceremony. I say chapel because the venue was terribly small. Quaint, but there just wasn’t enough room for everyone to get inside.

You expect a church to be dark and poorly lit. Inside it was a bright as midday. The video lights were blaringly bright. But I digress. With three photographers with flash, and two videographers crowding the dais, it was hard to tell the wedding party from the film crew. With everyone in their place, photographers and wedding party, how does anyone get a shot that is different. Well here you are. From where I stood [unfortunately I stood in front of sitting guests behind me], the flower girl and her young male counterpart, were seated to the side. Yup, they had that bewildered bored look wondering when this long interminable ceremony would wrap up. So that’s my shot and I’m taking it.

As to standing in front of other guests sitting behind me, I was not alone [standing with several others beside me], they didn’t object, and I figured that everyone knew that I was from far away and they would forgive my ignorance. It worked.

I can reasonably sure, I’m the only photographer to get this shot in this wedding. Hey that’s what makes things special. But keep in mind that I’m not doing this for money or hire, so there’s no pressure to come away with anything.

2 responses

  1. Of all the photo assignments I will not do – weddings are top of the list. No No No. You’re a brave man.

    April 15, 2013 at 5:54 am

  2. No! No! The beauty here is that I’m not hired/paid. But as things go, I always seem to end up where I can get a nice shot that the paid guys can’t because the have to follow the scripted shots. It’s happened at about every wedding that I have attended. But I was complimented especially by Mary Anne for Matt’s wedding, and by Susan for Amy’s wedding. Recently Julia tells me that Laura liked a lot of my shots over her wedding photographer because I used natural light – no flash. Hey! With no pressure, it’s great just to let your eye wander and capture that shot that no one else is looking for. It’s the story of my life being in odd places at the least likely time. It’s been a great adventure.

    April 15, 2013 at 6:28 am

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