LONDON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER – CAMDEN TOWN WEDDING
Thinking back to one of the first weddings of 2017 today. In April I was flying to England to take over my duties as London wedding photographer (cheesy es e oh content) in Camden Town to document the wedding of Zahra and Sara. Turned out to be an interesting weekend containing not only the wedding but also an adventure of finding a new hotel on a Friday night in London after my AirBnB suffered from water damage and the whole bathroom was flooded all over. So instead of going out to have an amazingly tasteful vegan diner I was looking up hotels in London. It worked out in the end, but I could have definitely imagined to do something better on a Friday night in this pulsating city. Anyway… that’s the glamorous life of a destination wedding photographer that no one ever speaks of. It’s all rainbows and unicorns. All the time.
Let’s get to the wedding. Sara & Zahra decided to get married in their favorite bar / restaurant in Camden Town. The Gilgamesh was (it’s closed down as I just found out) located on top of the Camden Lock Market and it really had a nice atmosphere to it. As I had learned before the two had planned to have everything happen inside of Gilgamesh and that definitely got me thinking about where to shoot the portraits for example. Sara told me she was really shy in front of many people and therefore didn’t want to go out to the crowded market which I could totally understand. So I found myself walking round the venue and checking for possibilities. Found some, now the only thing left was to make sure they liked my choices and/or understood why I chose them. The moment of truth came up right after the ceremony when everybody had congratulated them and was off to have drinks.
Here we were. “So, I was thinking back and forth about where to go to shoot the portraits and I found two places which I really as they have nice lighting, textures and seem interesting… it’s the staircase for one and the second one would be the…. uhm… women’s room.” – “Yeah, sounds great, oh and we know the women’s room quite well, made out there uncountable times!” Gosh, I was relaxed hearing this. So we took the first shots in the staircase and then headed for the restrooms. Sara entered first as I asked her to check for other women (the bar was publicly open by the time). “Hey, I just wanted to let you know we’re bringin’ a guy in with us. He has a camera!” Yup, that wasn’t creepy at all. She recognized in the moment the words left her mouth and all of us started laughing hard. Fun times.
Like always I could tell you much more about what happened on the day but I think it’s quite pointless and instead let the photos do the talking. Hope you enjoy them.
Thank you to Pi of By The Sea Photography for 2nd shooting with me on this one.
To me every wedding, every couple is unique and special and I treat them all the same, with the same kindness and openness and I do actually not like to be labeling LGBTQ weddings any different. So why is this page labeled LGBTQ and Same Sex Wedding Photographer instead of just Wedding Photographer then?
SAME SEX / LGBTQ ISN’T JUST A LABEL , IT’S ALSO AN IMPORTANT SEARCH TERM. . .
Labels. We hate them. We love them. They hurt us. They help us. We’re taught that we should avoid labeling other humans. But in our instinctive need to belong, we reflexively label ourselves: Cyclist. Intellectual. Artist. Traditional. Vegan. Geek. Punk. Emo. Mac. PC. African American. Democrat. Republican. Straight. Gay. Lesbian. Same sex. Idiots.
When it comes to labels on the internet, these are also keywords and search terms and they help us find people sharing the same interests and they can also help you find a photographer who won’t start to pray for the apocalypse just because of the thought of offering services to a same sex couple. And that’s why I spend a significant amount of time making sure that I’m easy to find for you. And I intentionally label the photos and articles on my blog and website, because although I dislike labels, I still understand that they are powerful. In both directions. They can be hurtful. And they can be liberating.
One day, the world will be different. It’s already happening. But change comes slowly. Until the day I can take this page down and simply call it weddings I really hope you’ll understand why I see the need of using this label.