I attended my first Akha wedding on Saturday morning with two of my good photographer friends, Courtney and Robby. We were 3 of 5 ‘falang’. or foreigners, at the 500 person wedding. It was my co-worker, Blah’s, cousin who was getting married and they needed a photographer. Well – shoot. SOLD happened to have 2 photographers, plus myself, in town that morning. Would we be interested in shooting their wedding? Why, well, yes, we would! The ceremony was conducted in both Thai and Akha, with a huge lunch of steamed fish, ground pork, and other local entrees to follow.
I love this shot: her watery eyes and stained lips. You know this woman has lived a LIFE.
And of course, a shot of the bride: