PAUMA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA - Best friends, the experiences and memories you share with them as you grow up are invaluable. The laughs, deep talks, pranks, support – they stick with you through it all, making them incredibly important in your life. My best friend, Teo (as the rest of the world spells his name), has always held a significant place in my life. He was my best man at my wedding, my co-worker, spiritual partner, co-conspirator... scratch that last one.
Not too long ago, my best friend got married to an amazing woman in France, Laia. It didn't surprise me that Teo had a very private wedding, as he's always been the type to keep everything close to the chest. In fact, I'm sure he's gritting his teeth at the fact that I even made this blog. Sorry Teo, I need to provide for my kids.
When he told me he was coming back to California to introduce his wife to his side of the world, I offered them a portrait shoot since they didn't have a photographer for their wedding. I wanted to gift them some great portraits to commemorate their wedding.
The day arrived, but the weather didn't cooperate. It was constantly sprinkling, and we had to continue the shoot with breaks when the rain got heavy. To make matters worse...
...my camera broke.
What do you do in such a situation? You keep trying. I noticed that the blade on the lens wasn't retracting, so after every shot, I had to reset it manually. The result? Accidental art. I actually fell in love with what the camera was producing. Even better, the bride loved it too. Teo was perfectly fine with it. We were having fun in the rain and creating some amazing things, as you can see below. No worries, I managed to get it fixed within two weeks.