Have you ever wondered why these days almost all wedding photos are so… “retro”? I wonder, and I don’t know why. Well, actually maybe I do. With all the retro and instagram madness, everyone wants to live in their little fantasy retro world. I love retro things, and I love retro photos. My parents are collector of Indonesian and Chinese antiques. Having grown up in a house with antiques here and there, I can’t help but love antiques and retro things.
But retro wedding photos? They’re getting old (puns! : P)
Whenever I see wedding pictures or pre-wedding pictures, especially of Indonesian couples, most of the time I see the same blurry and pale colored pictures. I have to admit some of them do really good jobs, such as David from axioo (in return of really high cost, of course). However, I’m starting to feel that those “retro” photos are no longer the classic wedding pictures you could appreciate till the end of your lives (or the world, whichever comes first hehe). They might be trendy today, but will they still be appreciated when you’re older? Actually, creating those retro photos are not so hard anymore with all the photo editing softwares or apps out there. Instagram is obviously the most popular one, although its purpose is pretty different. I think it’s a little bit like twitter, only rather than words, we snap pictures. Photoshop is the classic and never-ending way to edit your pictures, but of course they require skills. The “express” retro photo editing software that I love is Toy Camera Analogcolor by Pentacom. I downloaded it a while ago when they were still free. They’re still free for trial, but at some point you have to purchase it for 12 USD. Cheap!
Also, this software doesn’t resize your picture. It comes out as it is. They have so many effects, choices of lenses, expired film and frames. You can even adjust the contrast, blur and many more. For those who are lazy to adjust, you can use their pre-made effects.
Let’s have some fun with my wedding photos! : P
Here’s the original version of my favorite wedding photo by pL photography, Melbourne:
Now, I give it Sepia process, with normal lens and no frame, and voila! Who needs axioo if you could make these kind of pictures yourself? Hahahaha… just kidding, don’t murder me axioo fanatics.
Another effected wedding picture of mine:
So there you go, now even amateur photographers could add retroness to their photos. But to be honest, looking at the photos above, I still prefer the original ones. Retro photos tend to make everyone faces look blurry and pale. Sure, it’s a plus for your pimples and imperfections. Also the contrast tend to darken your eyes, which is a good thing most of the time (unless they’re so dark they make you look like Sadako from The Ring). But, well, don’t you want to look like yourself in your wedding pictures? However, I do admit it’s fun to put effects on your daily photos. especially food pictures : )
To end this post, let me share my personal favorite among all my wedding photos (effected using Toycamera Analog). This photo was taken towards the end of the location shoots. I was really really tired and I just wanted to throw my bouquet on someone’s face (my bouquet was freakin HEAVY!) By looking at my eyes area I think my mascara was smudging therefore the dark circles. I just wanted the location shoot to end already, I needed some rest before the reception in the evening. Hence, my face showed how disinterested I was that moment. I looked damn weird hahaha, but I love this picture. It’s not your usual We’re smiling, We’re happy, this is our wedding day, the most romantic day in our life wedding shoot. This picture is US, the imperfect but yet happily married couple. It shows that, even in a wedding, nothing is perfect, and it doesn’t have to be, because you’re human and even on your happiest day you could still feel tired, bored and you sweat, and your mascara smuged. But no matter what, it was still one of the happiest day in your life : )
Taken on Degraves Street, my favourite alley in Melbourne