Mamiya RZ67, FP-100c peel-apart instant film.
Nate and Sarah are such inspiring people to be around—they travel, surf, live for burritos, and love one another with what seems to be boundless energy—and their wedding outside Palo Alto was an absolute blast to shoot. For one, I got some downtime on the coast and got to sleep in a renovated Airstream trailer, but then there was the big day itself, with its gorgeous color palette of grays and greens, its firecracker-accompanied you may kiss the bride moment, its traditional Korean paekbaek ceremony during the reception, and its frenetic after-party, complete with taco truck and packed dance floor. This trip was one of the highlights of my summer. Now, I just need to make it back down with some waterproof gear to document Nate and his crew surfing the coast of San Francisco.
Last month, I flew out to Utah to spend a long weekend with my cousin Tim, camping and hiking in the south of the state. We hit Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park—with it's creepy, Old Testament-y mountain nomenclature, with peaks named "The Great White Throne" and "Court of the Patriarchs" and "The Alter of Sacrifice"—and made a few random roadside explorations as well, parking the car and darting up a hillside or rock formation to see what we could see. Along the way, we met lots of friendly travelers—this Polish woman and her son in the first photo, Lithuanian parents traveling across the southwest with their one-year-old, a retired English couple from Bristol making their first international jaunt, and on and on—and I found that having my tank-like Pentax 67 hung around my neck was an instant conversation starter, especially with older people, who were amazed that anyone was still shooting on film.
I love shooting atypical weddings, and this one qualifies twice over. Rebekah and Sam are geeky and low-key in the best of ways, and decided they'd have their ceremony and reception at their favorite pizza place—Razzi's Pizzeria, in Greenwood—and cap the night off with dancing in one room and board games in another. The location was a bit challenging photography wise—the ceremony was held in a fairly narrow corridor—but some killer pink/purple lighting gave the event a look you'd never get in a more traditional church setting.