I have photographed many weddings, grandiose and ornate, as well as small and simple. I’ve shot high-society nuptials in great halls, and shot backyard barbecue ‘n beer hitchings. I’ve shot ‘em for money, and done ‘em for free. I’ve shot them as a friend, as a journalist, and as the official, hired wedding photog. I’ve shot them wearing a tux, and wearing a photo vest.
Now, it appears, I will shoot them in the back of a truck.
When my friends Gene and Olivia got married at City Hall in NYC, it was a wonderful day, and an eye opener. So many people getting married! As I said on my blog about their wedding:
“Once inside, I found myself in an effervescent swirl of happy humanity, all of them there to simply declare their love of someone. This wasn’t atheist, or Christian, or Jewish, or Buddhist. It didn’t have a color, or a preference. It wasn’t about where you were from. It was about where you were about to go with the person you had just declared your love for.”
Smitten by the wonder of that day, an idea took shape, at least a bit. How about we offer a wedding studio, for free, impromptu, to anyone who gets married at City Hall? Either going in with nervous smiles and laughter, or coming out, tumbling through the doors in the rush of love and excitement, there’s a photographer there, fully equipped, ready to make your wedding portrait.
Given the neighborhood of the marriage bureau, nestled in amongst virtually all of the government buildings of NYC, it’s impossible to commandeer a stretch of sidewalk to set up lights, camera and action. But what about a truck? Parked next to the doors of the wedding bureau? Fully staffed, with cameras, speed lights, backdrops? Hmmmm….
Gracious thanks to Nikon USA for jumping on board with this notion. We will be there in full force on June 4th and June 5th, raring to go, and happy to shoot your official portrait of the best day of your life. So, if you’ve got your marriage certificate and have been hitched during the week of June 1 through 5, and want a beautiful portrait on a backdrop as a keepsake, the Wedding Truck is the place to come to. We will be waiting, with cameras, lenses and lights at the ready.
It’ll be a hoot of a couple of days, and so much fun to craft these portraits inside a 20′ box truck. I mean, I’ve done lots of different approaches for brides and grooms. My elegantly beautiful friend Rita wanted classic black and white.
My dear friends (and new parents!) Kent and Amy had a hoot of a day, and I went along with a camera.
Mo and Tom were all smiles.
Bill and Chris played shadow games for the camera.
I’ve even worked in the water.
But never in a truck.
The truck will be in place on June 4 and June 5 outside of the Office of the City Clerk, near 141 Worth Street in New York City. The portrait sessions will be free of charge, provided on a first come-first serve basis. Couples will leave with their images so that they can be shared with their loved ones.
Want a cool wedding portrait? A beautiful keepsake of your special day? Come by the truck!