Two Become One
Throughout the past few years, upon introducing myself as a photographer it was rather common for people to assume that I was, by virtue, a wedding photographer. Awkwardness often ensued after I would explain to them that I had never done a wedding before, followed by confusion and disappointment when I would declare my specialty being fencing photography. While I cannot testify to accurate statistics, I would presume that wedding photographers constitute a smaller percentage overall in the photographic population, and that, if anything, photojournalism dominates the spectrum of specialties. (If I am in error, I welcome the correction and citing authority.)
I am human, of course, and thus I am constantly evolving. So too are my artistic pursuits. From my origins as a fencing photographer, my professional experience has expanded into street reportage, portraiture, parties and events, and fashion. As of three months ago, I had added one more item to my photographic resume—at last, weddings.
As I had alluded in several previous posts, I spent the weekend of 19 July this summer in Green Lake, Wisconsin, to photograph my first ever wedding, the joining of my friends Mai and Jeff. I can write an entire dissertation regarding the logistical preparations of the shoot, the technical and artistic direction agreed upon, my friendship with the bride and groom and why they entrusted a street photographer with no wedding experience with the task of documenting the most important day of their lives, and how I got rather inebriated while celebrating with the wedding party late at night after sending my photo-assistants back to the hotel. I shall abstain from doing so for the time being, however. Instead, I will only state this: seeing the expressions of joy and happiness on Mai’s and Jeff’s faces as they viewed the 414 still photographs I had delivered to them from that special day is undoubtedly the greatest and most prestigious moment in my photographic career thus far.
I present to you here a few frames of my finest work to date.
One more thing . . . .
As a surprise, I had prepared for Mai and Jeff a video montage of the images from that day, set to the music of their first dance as husband and wife, together as one. Watch in HD at Vimeo directly at: http://vimeo.com/kdaophotography/twobecomeone
All images © K. Dao Photography 2014, all rights reserved.