We recently assisted Anel, a good friend and fellow photographer, with shooting a wedding here in the beautiful Cape. At the pre-wedding consultation with the couple they indicated that they would like a vintage twist to their photographs. We were happy to oblige and soon afterwards got down to planning on how to do it.
Adding a theme or special twist to a wedding does make the photography even more interesting and challenging (as if shooting a wedding is not challenging enough!) but also brings about the need for special care and consideration. First of all it can add additional cost to a wedding and the photography since it places restrictions on venue suitability, may require additional props, etc. Another consideration is that what might sound like a good idea today might not sound like a good idea in a few years time, meaning that photographs shot in a single specific style might soon look outdated – more on this later.
Since the venue was already arranged and booked by the time we had the pre-wedding consultation, and the available budget for the photography was limited, we had to be creative and innovative. Here’s how we approached our brief:
First of all we had a good look at the venue and were relieved to see that it does offer some opportunity of getting the images we visualised.
Secondly we decided on using the minimum of props to create the images we want, thereby not hijacking the wedding and turning it into a theme park – photographers should add value to a wedding, not interfere with the character of it. In our case we limited the props to a single gentleman’s hat and a lady’s umbrella that we already had.
Thirdly, not all images will be shot and processed in vintage style, just enough images to satisfy the request, thereby leaving enough images that are not tied into a specific style. Fortunately with digital photography one can add some specific touches in post-processing while leaving the original image intact. It then becomes very easy in future to apply a different look to the image if that should be required.
Following are some of the images that we shot. It is not intended to document the wedding as such, it is aimed at illustrating the approach we followed in covering this event, and therefore contains images shot vintage style, as well as some of the images shot outside of this style.
We had tremendous fun shooting this wedding and enjoyed the challenge of adding a vintage twist to it. Judging from the feedback we received it appears that we have been successful.
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