See a gallery of the photos I took at the wedding here
I got to Issa's house at around 3pm to familiarize myself with the equipment and before long, Issa, Sangjin, and I headed to the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in hopes of finding the best portrait locations. After some scurrying, we set up in the lobby and started photographing the groom's family, working hard to turn the dark hallways of the hotel into a beautiful backdrop. It was getting closer to the wedding time, so we cut the portraits short to go visit the bride. We got there just in time to capture her putting on her dress. This was my favorite part of the day. My feet weren't hurting (yet) and my pictures came out much better than they would the rest of the day. The atmosphere in the room was both tense as the pressure from the impending wedding escalated small problems into full blown catastrophes. It was awkward for me to try and find a spot to stand where I could capture all of the activity going on without getting in the way of it or Issa, but I really like the pictures that I got once I did. I've already always been a sucker for weddings, so I had thought that taking pictures during the ceremony would be the best part, but taking pictures of the bride while she got ready mentally and ready clothing wise to get married was an intimate experience that I think came out really beautiful. I didn't want to leave, but I had to because the wedding was going to start and we had to get set up at the church.
The church was very ornate, definitely not what I'm used to, and the incense plus the choir plus the decorations made a very nice ambiance. The ceremony also came with a lot of confusion from me about which parts the priest had instructed me on that I could and could not photograph and when I could photograph but only without flash. Stationed at the side of the pews, I had difficulty getting good pictures and even though I had taken pictures in smoky environments before, the combination of indoor low lighting with the incense did not come across as pretty as it really was when I took pictures. I admit I was disappointed with how my pictures of the ceremony turned out, but it was a learning experience.
The couple only had a limited amount of time for couple's portraits before the reception, but I was separated from Issa during that time due to the hotel wanting as few people on the roof as possible while it was under construction. A waiter tried to squeeze into our already full elevator and spilled a tray of champagne on me and the bag of cameras I was holding. Luckily they were safe. After cleaning up, I headed to the cocktail hour to start photographing guests and then continued when the reception started. It was a cute party with a 1920's theme. I wanted to capture the ceiling as it changed colors, but was having trouble taking pictures with the lighting so I stuck to the guests. By then, it had gotten to be pretty late and my feet were HURTING! It had been a really long day. Issa had been warning me about the stress that comes with photographing a wedding so I wasn't completely caught off guard but still experiencing all of the running around was surprising for me. I am really glad that she took me with her because I learned so much (especially about taking pictures in lighting I don't usually have ) and I had a really good experience.
Posted Wednesday, November 06, 2013 at 5:56PM | Leave a comment