Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/13

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Lenses For Wedding
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 16:52:56 -0400

For what ever its worth...

The fact that weddings are cultural rituals is what makes photographing them
fascinating a challenging. Least we forget, some of the best documentary
photography is photography of one form or another of cultural ritual.

The trick, therefore, is making sure that the bride - and her mother -
understand how you shoot, before you shoot.

My philosophy when shooting weddings is 'my way or the highway.' So I don't
do many weddings, but when I do one, I'm happy and the bride is happy.

B. D.

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Sent: Monday, May 13, 2002 4:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Lenses For Wedding

A friend of mine gave every guest a 12 pictures throw away camera at
his daughter's wedding and collected the cameras afterwards. Each
guest got the photos he had taken. My friend had a copy of each and
every photo taken. Among them some of the funniest and nicest and
most relaxed wedding photos you ever saw. And there was no
photographer to blame for all those photos that were not, shall we
say, up to expectations.


>I agree. With few exceptions (such as the amazing pictures Mark
>Rabiner posted here a couple of years ago) wedding photography is
>not about photography, it is about cultural ritual. Find some way to
>break your leg or go blind or lose your cameras or something that
>will help you say "no"
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