Photographs of a wedding photographer’s wedding.

Recently when I tell my friends I got married, their first reaction is to congratulate me.

They then proceed with the question: so WHO shot your wedding?

I’m a lazy person by nature.
I remember a quote by this billionaire about choosing lazy people to do hard jobs because lazy people always find the easiest solutions.

So to answer that previous question, my wedding photographer is Gary.

My friend / first client who flew me to United States to shoot his wedding four years ago.

It was the easiest solution for me.

I get to hang out with a friend from college.
I am familiar with his character and approach to photography.
He understands my body of work.

And I can express my gratitude for soft launching my ‘career’ to complete the full circle, because deep down, I’m romantic like that. *blush*

Most importantly I was relieved from shopping for a photographer.
And other photographers didn’t have to deal with me as a client either.
( Can you imagine the passive aggressive emails? )

Seriously, shooting his wedding had a big influence on my outlook on love, marriage, wedding, and photography.
I lucked out having him as my first wedding client.
So I trusted Gary just like how I wished my clients would trust me on their wedding day.
Just like how he trusted me.

And of course he delivered.

I’m sure he also realised that shooting a wedding is easy; editing is the hardest part.

That’s why he conveniently left the job for me.
Technically, I became my own assistant.

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Queensberry Pour House.

I was sitting at a cafe yesterday, texting Tacey, Broadsheet’s editor.

Me: New cafe just around the corner of my place. I think they toast their own beans with ‘black’, ‘white’, ‘short’ option. Jazz music. Interested?
Tacey: Someone’s already written a story on it. Can you shoot it today, and I could run it tomorrow?

That really escalated quickly.
The story is now live.

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Day trip.

It was a long time ago since I shot film.
Then again it’s almost a year since I saw Steve as well.

Coming to a different country for ten years, to study, to work, to live in general, isn’t all lattes and Instagrams. It requires certain sacrifices.
So it’s rare to have someone you’ve known from high school to be in the same city.

Steve played that role of ‘someone’.

Sure we didn’t really catch up regularly, but it’s comforting to know that some part of you were here.
And if you bumped into each other on the streets, it’s no big deal.
It’s just like home. Just like before.

Last year, Steve resigned from his architecture firm, and went home, with his fiancée.

They came back recently to fix up loose ends.
As fake tourists.
Doing day trips that we’ve never even bothered before.
Buying souvenirs.
Pre-wedding sessions.

It is bitter sweet.
But at the same time, reassuring.
Knowing that the next time we meet, it’s no big deal.
Just like before.
I guess, this is simply adulthood?

These shots were taken with a Leica M6, 50mm Summicron on Fuji 400H.

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Godard.

Take a camera, shoot something, and show it to someone. Anyone.

It can be a friend, your next-door neighbour, or the grocer down the street, it doesn’t matter. Show your audience what you’ve shot and observe their reaction. If they seem to find it interesting, then shoot something else.

For instance, make a film about a typical day in your life. But find an interesting way of telling it.

If the description of your day is ‘I got up, shaved, had some coffee, made a phone call…’ and on screen we actually see you getting up, shaving, having coffee, and making a phone call, you will quickly realise that this is not interesting at all.

You must then think and discover what else there is in your day, which you can show it to make it more interesting. And then you must try that.

And maybe it won’t work. So you’ll have to think of another way. And maybe what you’ll eventually realise is that you’re not interested in making a film about your typical day.

So make a film about something else.

But ask yourself why – always ask yourself why.

If you want to make a film about your girlfriend, make a film about your girlfriend. But do it completely: go to museums and look at the way great masters painted the women they loved. Read books and see how authors talk about the women they love.

Then make a film about your girlfriend.

All this you can do on video.

Panavision cameras, spotlights, dollies? You’ll have plenty of time to worry about that later on.

– Jean-Luc Godard.

(Taken from Laurent Tirard’s book, Moviemakers’ Master Class: Private Lessons from the World’s Foremost Directors. I don’t agree with understand most of Godard’s movie. I remember my brains frying while watching Alphaville.

But this creative process, is so spot on that I cannot, not share.)