Working as a wedding photographer can be one of the most challenging tasks ever. It requires talent, knowledge, patience, and physical endurance, social and business skills, not to mention the right gear for such a demanding responsibility.
Switching from a DSLR system to a mirrorless one, Fujifilm in this case, could also bring even more challenges to this business. And there are many different types of wedding photographers, but Abhishek Scariya, as remarkably entitled his article here, had a not-so-common assignment: to photograph a wedding incognito, as a guest, only using one camera and one lens.
“[…] But then he dropped the bomb. “Abhishek”, he said.. “I want you to shoot my wedding but here’s the thing, we already have hired good wedding photographers but I still want you to hire you… Show up for the wedding as my friend and shoot whatever you want. Journal the event in your personal photojournalistic style but no one should know about this… Not even my fiancé. Let this be only between you and me because…
Your work as an incognito photographer will be my gift to my bride!”
In this specific situation, he documented the story using the Fujifilm X-Pro2 + one prime lens, the XF 23mm F2.0 WR and it turned out interestingly well.
“[…] The day went by without any major hiccups. Just using the X-Pro2 and 23mm f2 seemed limiting at first but that’s my primary kit and it didn’t take long for me to embrace it and see it as something liberating. I also was prepared to have conversations and tell people how I had come for my friend’s wedding but thankfully I didn’t have to do that often and could successfully roam around getting the shots that I wanted.
I walked into the venue that day thinking it was the first wedding assignment where I got true freedom and it’s freedom that made the shoot special. But today I realise that I was wrong and was missing the point. […]”
Curated by Sebastian Boatca