Kelsey and Eric, a September wedding in Minnesota

Kelsey and Eric, a September wedding in Minnesota

On September 1, 2018 two of my friends tied the knot right in their own backyard and I was fortunate to photograph it.

Eric and Kelsey before the ceremony

Eric and Kelsey before the ceremony

Kelsey’s wedding dress was made by her mother. Eric wore R2D2 cufflinks. Porter, the dog, watched patiently as his humans made their vows.

Kelsey & Eric wedding, 35mm film photography

Kelsey & Eric wedding, 35mm film photography

Eric and Kelsey, married!

Eric and Kelsey, married!

It was an unusually hot day, but that didn’t prevent everyone from coming together to witness the union and afterwards enjoy the couple’s signature cocktail, a Wisconsin-Minnesota blended old fashioned. If I remember it correctly, it was Wisconsin dark chocolate bourbon and Minnesota orange liqueur.

Signature cocktail, a Wisconsin-Minnesota blended old fashioned

Signature cocktail, a Wisconsin-Minnesota blended old fashioned

Eric and Kelsey enjoy a drink

Eric and Kelsey enjoy a drink

I shot the wedding on 35mm film with my Canon Ae1-p. Though trusty as it as been, of course I was nervous! I’ve never shot an event on film before, let alone with a fully manual camera. Event photography is a lot easier with sharp autofocus and responsive camera settings you can turn on in a pinch like auto ISO. For my style, I tend to shoot candid images. This means being watchful, reactive, and counting on your camera to do what you need it to do at the exact right time. That I was able to achieve any of this with a manual SLR speaks to how user-friendly and tried and true Canon’s Ae1s are.

I just love film these days. I can’t get it out of my system. The quality of the light and colors, the grain, the velvety shadows, crispy whites. Digital cameras perform well, and serve many great purposes, but film gives an image a life of its own.

I’m happy with the results of Kelsey and Eric’s wedding photos and, yeah, I think I’d shoot a wedding on film again. Fortunately, on this day I had a lot of daylight to work with and the intimate setting made it easy to stay present. I used Kodak film—Ektar 100 and Portra 400.

Eric, Kelsey, and Porter

Eric, Kelsey, and Porter

Signing the marriage certificate

Signing the marriage certificate

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Pouring champagne

Pouring champagne

Eric and family

Eric and family

Grandma and family

Grandma and family

Family and Porter, the resident dog

Family and Porter, the resident dog

Eric and Kelsey and Porter on their front stoop

Eric and Kelsey and Porter on their front stoop

Congrats to Eric and Kelsey! And to Porter for landing such a loving family. :)


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