According to photographer Ian Weldon’s Instagram bio, he is “the coolest wedding photographer in the world,” which may or may not be true. Those who don’t care for the flawlessly polished cookie-cutter wedding images will likely love Ian’s unvarnished and amusing photos.
“I have more important things to do than wait around for hours lining folks up and snapping shots of every possible combination of family members and guests. And, to be honest, so have you “In a recent piece, the photographer discussed his unusual approach to wedding shooting with Bored Panda. To see his most recent works, scroll below.
“It’s difficult to say, really,” Ian said when asked about the most memorable wedding he’s photographed. Each wedding has its own flavor and pace, making them all unique and unforgettable. I’m also fortunate in that I get to travel frequently and like learning about other cultures.
I came to Los Angeles in 2016 to photograph Steven Yeun’s (Glen from The Walking Dead) wedding, which was my first high-profile wedding and a fantastic event.
There’s always something going on when it comes to humorous scenarios. There have been small scuffles, medical issues, and missing visitors, as well as wedding cakes being spilled on the floor and automobiles colliding with water elements in the courtyard. But everyone is in excellent spirits, and most people are behaving themselves. Mostly.”
Knowing the photographer’s unique style, we were curious as to how his customers respond when they saw their wedding photos: “Because I’ve been doing this for 15 years, the couples who choose me have a decent understanding of what to anticipate.” Having said that, they have no idea how their wedding will seem from my perspective until I have shot it. Because they hired me in the first place, I’m free to travel wherever the music leads me on the wedding day. I haven’t received any complaints… yet.”
Ian tells us about his life outside of photography, “I always have a couple things going on at the same time.” “I’m interested in community and underrepresented groups in society.” Working men’s clubs, bodybuilding culture, and festivals are among the long-term initiatives I’m working on, and there are constantly new ideas floating about.
I was in a band at the same time I was getting serious about photography. I could play the guitar and sing (shout) a bit. I was never serious about it and had little understanding of music, so it fell by the wayside when my photography took off. During the epidemic, I had the opportunity to return to music and began learning the piano. I can make a song out of one, I can read music to a degree, and I have a lot better understanding of music theory. I’m not doing it for any particular reason, but it’s something I like doing and it gives me a new creative outlet. During the epidemic, I also learned a little bit about videography, which has inspired me to do several short movies.
There are also motorcycles. I’ve been infatuated with them since I was a child, and I still am. It’s fantastic that I can ride my bike throughout Europe to attend weddings. I’m going on a 2-week trip to France and Italy, where I’ll photograph two weddings, and then another trip to Switzerland a few months later. I’m sure they’ll be unforgettable experiences.”
“There are so many excellent photographers out there,” Ian adds, “but my original inspiration came from photographers like Martin Parr (obviously), Nan Golding, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Roy DeCarava, and many other social documentary photographers.” “I also like photographers that do something distinctive and stand out in their field.” Like Sarah Moon’s fashion photography or Bruce Gilden’s aggressive street photography. It all contributed to my realization that there were no restrictions and that photography might be as expressive as any other medium. That had a significant impact on my perception of the world and on who I was as a person. It’s for the best.
Photography isn’t a tough medium to work within and of itself. In a very short period of time, anyone may become proficient with a camera. However, I believe that this is what makes developing a visual identity so challenging. Everyone uses the same, quick-fix tools to improve their photography, but they never really grasp the camera or what they’re trying to express. I believe we live in a world of shortcuts, but there are none in any art form.”
“I’m not sure I have any future aspirations other than to keep working,” the inventor said when questioned about the future. I consider myself really fortunate to be able to travel and attend weddings and parties. I get involved and get to eat and drink delicious cuisine, dance, and take pictures.
In 2019, I had a wedding photography show at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol, which was the first wedding photography exhibition in the UK in a fine art environment. Ever. Possibly the entire globe… That, I believe, opened people’s eyes to the possibilities of wedding photography and showed that it didn’t have to be done in a traditional way. I believe it’s something I may strive to if I can continue to push that inside this profession.”