Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Wedding madness
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 05:29:45 -0600

Tom -
That was a great post; your enthusiasm is infectious. I've often thought
that successful photography is about 30% gear and 70% attitude, so I'm sure
your results are terrific.

Greg Achenbach
- -----Original Message-----
From: Thomas Kachadurian <>
To: <>
Date: Tuesday, September 29, 1998 9:56 PM
Subject: [Leica] Wedding madness

>Perhaps it's time for that 12 step program. Let's start by admitting my
>problem. I love to shoot weddings.
>The benefits:
>1. People look as good as they ever will.
>2. The situation alone puts people in the mind of being photographed.
>3. There's alcohol to round out your subject's edges.
>4. There is action and emotion by design.
>5. The money is huge.
>6. The hardware is simple and fun to use.
>7. Print film - can you say latitude?
>8. Pretty brides and flirtatious bride's maids
>I started shooting weddings about 5 years ago when a friend's secretary was
>having a quick low-budget wedding (shotguns optional) and I owed her a
>Turns out, big-bellied bride and all, I made some pretty nice photographs
>and a few friends. I had fun. Word spread, I shot a few more. These days I
>shoot about 20 weddings a year, and they are my favorite work. compare it
>to shooting a home for an editorial spread. You go to a home and move
>furniture, clean things, paint a wall or two. Set up lights. Gel windows.
>Make Polaroids. Move lights. Wait for the sun to move. Then, about four
>hours after you started, expose 3 sheets of film, 6 if you're feeling
>uneasy. I'll take the wedding any day.
>I meet both the bride and groom ahead of time. If I get a bad vibe I don't
>take the job. If they are want something I can't or won't give them I don't
>take the job. If they think I'm too expensive, I don't take the job. I will
>not book a wedding through a mother of the bride under any circumstances.
>I  routinely get invited to day-after barbecues and picnics. I have shot
>several weddings for one group of friends. One recently engaged couple from
>the group called me to check a date before they called the church.
>Besides, for weddings I shoot Leicas!
>Thomas Kachadurian