Safari Elopement in Masai Mara National Reserve
If you're planning a safari elopement in Kenya, check the complete guide above! This is the second safari elopement that we have photographed in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya with the other one taking place almost two and a half years ago. We have given a lots of thought about wedding photography in the last two years and whenever we shoot an elopement / a wedding in the same location, this question is roaming in our head.
HOW AND WHAT TO MAKE SENSE OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
We do a lots of multiple days elopements. Thing is: shooting elopement is way different than wedding. There are a lots of creative freedom. But there is no such thing as free. Creative freedom comes with great responsibility. And secondly, we kind of approach and photograph elopements different than other elopement photographers. Not for the sake of being different or edgy. It simply is that way. And like any other creatives, we're struggling with the idea of creating different work each time. All day everyday. Because as spoilt as we are, we hate coming up with repetitive, recycled stories.
And for wedding / elopement photography genre it's tough. Normal wedding photographers take 30-40 bookings per year. We do 15. And even with 15 bookings alone, it's incredibly hard to give out original ideas and stories deep down from the bottom of our heart. Wedding photography is wedding photography after all, limited in some ways.
So here it comes again.
HOW AND WHAT TO MAKE SENSE OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
HOW TO MAKE EVERY STORY DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE FROM OTHER STORIES OF US?
In the past two years, these questions haunted us. They gave us anxiety and we're struggling emotionally. Luckily, we have met incredible couples. Incredible fellow human beings. Incredible lovers. They have taught us so much, they have anchored us in the right direction.
THEY HAVE TAUGHT US THAT IF WE'RE BASED OUR WORK ON GENERIC THINGS, IT WILL BECOME GENERIC. Color, gears, soulless lighting, gimmick, mimic, trend, anti-trend, presets, posing cues, location, industry standard, cool photos that we saw on a popular Facebook group... Whatever that is.
What is truly unique then!?
Our mind, our personality. The couple's mind & personalities. Their stories. Human's brain and emotion is so complex and we haven't known about it enough like our bodies. And to that extent, wedding photography is a perfect blend of the photographer and the couple's soul. It should be character driven. Couple driven. The more elopements we shoot, the more we try to suppress our own egos and industry insider's projection. For us it's becoming less of a lighted stage to show off technical know-how or how "different" photographers we are from other photographers. We think less about striving to be different and unique and amazing. For us it's getting more and more minimalistic so the couple can shine in their own shells without forcing them to pose as someone they’re not.
If a couple is a funny & quirky, the story will be funny & quirky. If a couple is quiet and moody, the story will be quiet and moody. If a couple is romantic, over the top then so be it. If a couple is against having dresses, bouquet, decoration or not comfortable with having non stop kissing, hugging, dipping, flying dress in the wind, jumping on the back kind of photos then fuck the distorted industry standard that each of us have helped to create.
And what comes out of this is incredibly rewarding and satisfying.
"What is that feeling when you‘re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? It‘s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it‘s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy adventure beneath the skies."
"I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery - air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, „This is what it is to be happy.“
"Arriving at each new place, we finds again a past of ours that we did not know we had."
"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead. I lift my eyes and all is born again."
"The foreignness of what we no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for us in foreign, unpossessed places."
„Hey Vivian“, he said. „Tell me something good. I stared out of the camp at the bright-blue sky and I told him a story of two people. Two people shouldn’t have met, and who didn‘t like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possible have understood each other. And I told him of the adventures they had, the places they had gone, and the things I had seen that I had never expected to. I conjured for him Electric skied and iridescent seas and evenings full of laughter and silly jokes. I drew a world for him, a world far from the industrial city, a world that he had created for me, full of wonder and possibility.
"There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person."
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, „Wow! What A Ride!“
Other Adventure Elopement Stories
Hey friends! We're Tu & Tara, a wedding photographer & videographer duo. While splitting our time between Europe / Asia, we travel all over the world (more than 40 countries) capturing adventure elopement and intimate destination wedding. We love art, classic cinema, reading great fictions, good food, outdoor activities and seeking adventure in the wilderness. Join and let us tell your epic story in your own way through photographs and film, but first and foremost have fun while doing it!
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