In a small window of time, usually right after the ceremony (and definitely before the cocktail time) we assemble the wedding party, family and all the guests into an interesting arrangement nearby. Everyone who wishes to be visible, can be seen in the final 12" x 36" print of the picture. Because of the large size of the negative, the image is reproduced with great clarity. Our clients tell us it is their favorite photo from the wedding and usually the only one they hang framed on their wall.
The idea of a wedding panorama struck in 2004, when Daniel's Fuji 6x17 camera came along to a wedding in the Yucatan. Daniel had been exploring the panoramic format since 2001 for personal work, mainly landscapes. He caught the panoramic bug when exploring the work of the great Czech photographer Josef Koudelka.
"I had seen a lot of these large skinny photos before but they never seemed to be more than a gimmick," says Daniel. "Koudelka showed me they could express so much more. In fact I am convinced that I see everything now in a panoramic format."
Koudelka was following in the footsteps of another great Czech photographer working in the panoramic format, Josef Sudek, the poet of Prague. He put out a book of what he referred to as his sausages in the 1950's called "Praha Panoramaticka".
However, an even earlier photographer, American Eugene O. Goldbeck from San Antonio, Texas. Goldbeck, was a true master of large group portraiture. Goldbeck began taking panoramic pictures in 1910. He re-designed his cameras and built towers to shoot from in order to fit up over 20,000 people into one image.
Our panoramic group photographs are nowhere nearly as elaborate as were Goldbeck's. Still, they are great portraits of our clients' family history for the generations to come.