The Groomsmen's Perspective

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(above image by the amazing Dana Pugh)


On my wedding day, I carried around my Hasselblad 500 c/m with one roll of Kodak Porta 160 and blogged about it last year- CLICK HERE to see that post. What I didn’t mention was the fact that, on the morning of my wedding, I gave each groomsmen a Yashica T film camera, with a roll of 36 exposures and told them to document the day however they’d like to.

A Tiny History on Yashica T’s
The Yashica T’s were a high end automatic ‘point and shoot’ through the 80’s and 90’s; many pro photographers had a Yashica T in their kit due to the fact that they were all made with Carl Zeiss glass thus producing beautiful images.

I told the boys, all you have to do is point and shoot. No pressure… just take a picture if you see something you like. You don’t have to use the whole roll, and if you do, I have more… take as little or as many as you want. I just want to see the day through your eyes.

At the end of the night, I took the cameras, and with the leftover exposures on a few of the camera’s I took pictures of our first day of married life… and the following days cleaning up the ceremony site on the farm/preparing for our honeymoon.

All in all, these images are very dear to us. I’ve decided to present them camera-by-camera because I believe it’s the best way to view them. Each stream has a persona, and that persona is one of my favorite pal’s on one of the best day’s of my life.

What I love about shooting with film is, I take the picture, I capture the moment and then I move on… I don’t look at it, judge it and make it better; I don’t get caught in this purgatory of fixing or this instant gratification of knowing it’s good.  It’s living in the unknown and I bubble with excitement for the next moment.

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