I shot photos at a wedding shortly after I moved to Seattle. I only knew one person who was attending it, I was still getting reacquainted with photography, and I wasn’t very familiar with my new Fujifilm XT2. I’d been playing around with the X100T for a while, but nothing serious. Don’t worry, I was the second camera.

Most of my shots were pretty bad. I’d met a woman who bartended at a now defunct Belltown restaurant. I usually sit at the bar to eat if it’s an option. She saw me puzzling over my camera one night and asked if I wanted to take photos at a friend’s wedding. I said sure.

I had a lot of fun. It was difficult, stressful work, but it was good practice, and I liked trying to capture the moments. I’d like to do it again, but it would have to be for people who are interested in documentary photos, not traditional wedding photos. I didn’t realize until recently that documentary photography for weddings is popular. I follow a photographer named Kevin Mullins who specializes in it. He takes incredible images. He also uses Fujifilm equipment, so I like reading his thoughts on the cameras, lenses, and post-processing ideas.

The effort itself, though, was largely wasted. I didn’t have contact information for the bride or groom, and the woman who invited me moved out of the state shortly after the wedding. I managed to get back in touch with her recently and also found the groom’s email address. Given that relationships are never certain, I discreetly asked if there was any interest in seeing the photos. There wasn’t.

I thought I’d post this photo, though. It’s anonymous, and it reminds me of the fun everyone had that day. The bride and groom and their friends like fantasy and sci-fi, so they showed up in costumes. It was a nice change of pace for a wedding and a good introduction to Seattle.


A Wedding in Seattle, Eastlake, 2016.

A Wedding in Seattle, Eastlake, 2016.