Mari was a referral from my friend Fumi who I also shot a wedding for. It was another one of those perfect Hawaiian days where the sun was out. They had their very small ceremony up at Chinaman’s Hat. It’s a big park overlooking…you guessed it, Chinaman’s Hat.
This was right around I got my Holga. A 120mm medium format toy camera. I fell in love with using the Holga especially after seeing the gorgeous photo it captured of Mari. Soon after this I started using the Holga at other wedding as well. Recently at Nikki and Rhey’s wedding I picked up a polaroid camera. It’s okay to be a little artistic while shooting a wedding. I had also bought a wide angel lens, and upgraded my camera to a Canon 50D. I lovingly call her Bertha.
The wedding was a laid back classic Hawaiian wedding. Kumu and all. I remember sitting in the car shortly after the shoot uploading my photos directly to give to the bride. It was some sort of arrangement that I had with her. Then I took my originals back and started photo editing. The real surprise was when I got the film processed and came up with this image. It certainly was a great time to start to play around with toy camera’s while finding a way to incorporate them into weddings. It was also a way to introduce new brides to a unique way to capture their moments. The only problem was that you can’t control film, sadly this is the best one that ever came out.