Norwegian photographer Eirik Halvorsen loves traveling to new places and meeting new people. He worked his first wedding in 2008 but at the time he mostly photographed bands in concert and fashion editorials as he couldn’t leave his day job. It wasn’t until 2013 that he decided to go into wedding photography professionally.
“Being able to use my creativity and experience to document such an eventful day really inspires me,” the 31-year-old told Metdaan.
Eirik married his girlfriend Jessica almost five years ago and they saved for two years prior in order to have the best wedding snaps possible. However, a chance online encounter with someone who decided to approach their wedding differently inspired Eirik to an interesting photographic experiment.
The photographer, who lives in Stavanger in southwestern Norway, was inspired when he saw a post in a weddings group on Facebook where a bride-to-be in a weddings group on Facebook who shared her and her boyfriend’s decision not to hire a professional photographer for their big day. The couple decided photographs were one thing they could cut costs on and decided to ask their guests to send them all the cell phone pictures they would take afterwards.
This motivated Eirik to go back to the photos of his wedding done by professional photographer Jeff Newsom and juxtapose them against pictures that his guests took with their mobile phones.
Eirik wanted to find out how the wedding would have been documented if they decided not to hire a professional photographer
“I will light a candle for all of you who regret in hindsight that you didn’t hire a professional photographer for your wedding or your special one-day event,” he wrote on his blog
“We actually cut the cost everywhere possible to be able to hire our dream photographer. We got creative and made things ourselves out of found objects and got craftsy with some good ‘ole paint and nails,” Eirik says of the importance he and Jessica put on having the best wedding snaps
“People spend thousands on their weddings from decorations, flowers, wedding cake, invitations, table charts…well, the list is endless. All I know from the experience of getting married is that all that is left today is the photos and my wife’s expensive wedding dress that she has tried to sell many times since our wedding with no luck,” the 31-year-old quips
Eirik says that the stance of Norwegians on wedding photography is slowly shifting
In the past, hiring a professional photographer for a couple of hours was very common
But full day coverage is getting more and more popular in the Scandinavian country
Eirik now works all over the country and has even had bookings abroad
“Being able to use my creativity and experience to document such an eventful day really inspires me,” the 31-year-old told Metdaan
“Always learning. Forever a student. The fact that people give me their trust to document their big day using my creative mind really fuels my fire,” he explains the motivation behind his work
“I feel utterly blessed to be able to photograph for a living, and when my camera brings me to people and places I otherwise wouldn’t see – that’s what I call life.”
Most photographers in Norway charge between $3000 and $4000 for a wedding photo shoot
Eirik and Jessica decided to go with Californian photographer Jeff Newsom on their big day
Newsom shoots weddings worldwide and says he is “endlessly curious and hopelessly in love with this art”
“My style is my own; I believe very strongly that my photos themselves can express that much better than any words of mine,” Newsom says.