Posted in weddings by jjlumagbas on September 23, 2009


smoke, originally uploaded by jayjaylumagbas.

I hate wedding photographers. Intrusive. Overbearing. Don’t get me started. One wedding I attended–you know that part in the reception when the groom takes the bride’s garter from under her dress for the garter toss?–the photographer tells the groom, ‘Stick your head under the dress and give a thumbs up!’ The groom has no choice, the photog has his shot, the guests have some laughs. I’m cringing all the way.

Why don’t you just stand back, dammit, and wait for something to happen, instead of conjuring up your own moments to capture? Why can’t you be more like Alison Conklin, with her (authentic) bright and cheerful shots; Climie + Co, who favors in-between moments that make a wedding unique; and mighty Jeff Ascough, preserving the mood by leaving the strobe at home?*

And don’t tell me only the white man can do it: Mango Red firmly plants our beloved three-stars-and-a-sun in wedding albums all over the world.** Don’t tell me it can’t be done.

Anyways, here’s one more from the wedding with Bong (click here to see the full set). Call the set photography-as-protest.

*Home at Olympus, that is. He rolls strobless, but I’m sure he carries a set of lightning bolts in the trunk, force of habit.
**The green-blue cross-processed look gets nauseating after a while (but I loved it on Sara Meier (at Calaruega!)), and I don’t care much for prenup as fashion shoot, but R-E-S-P-E-C-T, men. These guys rock.

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  1. Paula Player said, on September 24, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Great post! I will try to learn more from these photographers! Thanks! I like the fact that you are so blunt!

  2. Cathy Laine said, on September 24, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    crazy-ass details, that Alison Conklin person!
    me likes it!

  3. Cathy Laine said, on September 28, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    have you seen this site? nice pud..

  4. Cecil said, on October 6, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Great post, Jay. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Cecil said, on October 6, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Ei, where’s the link to your Flickr account? Couldn’t find it. =/

  6. jjlumagbas said, on October 7, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    thanks for the comments ๐Ÿ™‚


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