The Wedding Crasher

Who hasn’t shot a wedding?  On Geographic assignments, it’s hard to think of a story where I did not shoot one as part of my coverage, sometimes by plan, but mostly by accident — you’re in a small town out in the middle of nowhere and a procession is coming your way from down the street.  What celebration/ceremony says more about a culture than an old-fashioned wedding, the ultimate cultural photo op? Everyone loves a wedding. On these joyous occasions, everyone welcomes a photo, not to mention the photographer taking them. But unique to China is the wedding studio, where the real wedding takes place before the actual wedding ceremony.  Here the couple can have their choice of any of several wedding scenarios, with sets and costumes to match.  A Japanese wedding at a shrine, a western church wedding, a cruise ship wedding, a Shanghai 1920s wedding, or an outdoor wedding – whatever the bride and groom’s preference.  Wedding packages $5000 and up include a video as well as stills.  Here’s a sampling.

©Michael Yamashita

Orange Photography Studio, wedding photos and video - Shanghai, China

©Michael Yamashita

Orange Photography Studio, wedding photos and video - Shanghai, China

©Michael Yamashita

Orange Photography Studio, wedding photos and video - Shanghai, China

©Michael Yamashita

Orange Photography Studio, wedding photos and video - Shanghai, China

©Michael Yamashita

Orange Photography Studio, wedding photos and video - Shanghai, China

©Michael Yamashita

Orange Photography Studio, wedding photos and video - Shanghai, China

©Michael Yamashita

Orange Photography Studio, wedding photos and video - Shanghai, China

©Michael Yamashita

Orange Photography Studio, wedding photos and video - Shanghai, China

©Michael Yamashita

Orange Photography Studio, wedding photos and video - Shanghai, China

©Michael Yamashita

Orange Photography Studio, wedding photos and video - Shanghai, China

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2 Responses to The Wedding Crasher

  1. i like the color, contrast and composition. The bride and groom look very natural. Great wedding package and superb wedding pictures. Congratulations! You are the best wedding photographer.

  2. Wow, the studios in China sure are creative and have lots of backdrops for couples to choose from.

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