And they would fly 7000 miles!
Seven-thousand miles, two oceans, two continents, and a delayed flight, was just part of the journey that Chris and Jenny traveled to say their “I do’s” on the shores of Oahu. The destined couple met, out of all places, at a wedding reception. Jenny was a little hungry, and Chris offered to buy her a sandwich. On most regular business days, customer service at this particular venue was exceptional. But for no apparent reason, that sandwich never came. And because that sandwich never came, Chris and Jenny continued to talk into the night, and then for the rest for their lives.
Can we say for once, “Bravo for bad customer service!”
Every couple has their reasons for booking with my company, and the main reason why Chris and Jenny booked with me was because of Rev. Elias Parker. Like most couples of mine, they fell in love with his wedding service. He’s good, if not the best.
Jenny had two concerns with her wedding photos.
Firstly, she wanted a beach that was secluded. Kahula bay at Ko’olina is a semi-secluded location. Right around sunset, the beach “can” get a little crowded with tourist who are trying to photograph the green flash. Before that, the beach is pretty much empty. Since Chris and Jenny were not looking for sunset pictures, and tying the knot at around 3 pm, the odds of having the beach to ourselves was very high. Her original choice was actually Sherwoods beach. But about two days before the wedding, I recommended that we switch locations as the weather at Sherwoods didn’t look too promising.
Jenny’s second concern was that she was scared that she and Chris would look a little too contrasty in the pictures. I photograph many mixed couples, and when I do, I always recommend shooting on film. Film has a way of reproducing skin tones accurately. Digital cameras, even professional digital cameras, have a very difficult time reproducing skin tones of mixed couples accurately, and must be carefully manipulated in post production to create an acceptable image.
All of the photos you see here were shot with 400 ISO Kodak Portra film, and was overexposed by three-quarter of a stop. Overexposing shots on high quality negative film results in less contrasty, more colorful pictures. None of the photos here were color corrected.
Film also works well on couples with two different types of skin tones; such as in a case of a Filipino bride who has a nice olive glow to her skin, and a groom who is Caucasian.