Going back to the end of September 2017 for this wedding… Uhm, wait, I think I might start a little bit earlier with the story for that one. (Yeah, like always, I know.) In early February Roland messaged me on Facebook, here’s the conversation:
Roland: Hey, what are your plans for September ..th?
Me: Uhm, nothing so far.
Roland: Wanna do something? My wedding, for example?
Me: You’re getting married?
Roland: Not getting any younger…
So, that was that. I need to explain that Roland himself is a photographer (also shooting weddings), we got to know each other personally a few years ago when he also joined the Bildpoeten network. To be honest, I knew we liked each other and appreciated the other’s work but never would I have thought to be considered shooting his wedding. I knew his network of great photographers is quite big, so I could have thought of many many others, but hey, that’s the artist’s dilemma, right? Always undervaluing our own work.
I remember one more sentence from the conversation, it was something about him telling me he was gay, cause he wasn’t sure if I knew. I knew and I told him he should know I couldn’t care less. Well, maybe I do even care more about LGBTQ weddings / same sex weddings as I’m happy that finally marriage equality is a thing people and governments are changing their minds about. If some of you remember the wedding of Kevin & Terence I shot a few years back in Copenhagen, you read what really moved me about their story. But it’s not about that now. To me love is love and it’s beautiful no matter what.
Ok, so here we are, September, Gran Canaria, Spain. My 2nd visit to this beautiful island in 2017. I had planned to stay a few days around the actual wedding day, so I could visit some friends, but also to hang out with Roland, Thomas and their families and friends. It was a fun time, in which I learned some things…
- being a Gran Canaria wedding photographer means shooting in freakin’ hot sun and you wish to yourself you were wearing shorts instead of black pants
- being a wedding photographer doesn’t help you when you’re the groom as routine doesn’t kill any nervousness
- having wedding photographers as clients definitely helps you working as they are sure you know what you’re doing and they’ll let the planner know to just stay out of your way
- wedding photographers are the fastest to gather all the people for group shots and formals as they know these images are important but shooting them still might end up annoying everyone
- having people think about the availability of light and its importance for the photographer is like winning a gold medal (I guess)
I guess that’s what I have to say about this for now. Sure, I could tell you more about what happened that day but as photographer my language is photography and my images are my words, so why bore you with telling you what you are about to see now? Makes no sense, right?