My eyes, ever scanning Google search results for cool new street photography stuff, settled on a peculiar title: “Wedding Street Photography – masonresnick.com.” I did a double take and thought to myself, “What the heck is wedding street photography?” I was not disappointed by what I found on Mason Resnick’s website. Think wedding photos sans the cheesy poses, wedding photos that show reality and humanity and all the joyous, complicated, poignant, heartfelt emotions that go with them. Here’s a snippet from Mason’s website about his work capturing wedding moments in a not so traditional way:
As a classically trained street photographer, I am always on the lookout and prepared for those unexpected moments—the casual conversations, the ebullient celebrations, and the emotionally tender interactions, that are equally treasured and perhaps even more so because this is our real life.
I have found that newlyweds love this kind of reflex-driven, high-reward form of photography at weddings since I trailblazed my unique technique in the early 1980s.
I call it Wedding Street Photography…
It was in the early 80s, while talking to another photographer friend who was about to get married, when it hit me: What if I applied Winogrand’s “attentive observer” approach to photographing weddings? I asked my friend if I could bring my camera and experiment at her Simcha, and she said yes.
After that, several more friends let me experiment as their ‘unofficial’ wedding photographer, working side-by-side with the pro. I experimented with a technique that combined an action-freezing flash with a long exposure, and the results were dynamic, energetic, and happily surprising.
Yeah. Coolest wedding photos ever. Cheers to Mason Resnick and everyone else out there taking street photography to new levels.