A Portland Glam Goth Grunge Shoot: Carmen & Solomon

This photo shoot and film landed on my desk a few weeks ago and I was immediately intrigued. I recognised the ‘groom’ as being Solomon Trimble, whole played a warewolf in the first Twilight movie and wanted to know more about the ideas behind this styled shoot.

Real life couple Carmen & Solomon modeled for this glam/goth/grunge inspired project.

“Karyn of Black Label Films did most of the design for this shoot”, photographer Erica of Erica Ann Photography wrote. “Our vision for the overall shoot was to create a sort of hipster grunge look that is true to the Pacific NW culture but more reminiscent of Johnny Depp than Kurt Cobain.”

“Karyn’s vision for the film is an abstract piece about two lovers who were separated. What they have been separated by and whether they truly are together in the end is up to the viewer to interpret. We strove to be authentic in representing this real life couple in their love for one another.”

A lot of thought was put into the details of this shoot too. “The idea for the bouquet was for it to be a romantic intense alternative and eye catching bouquet with a dark, brooding and beautiful flow. Florist Alicia wanted to capture the feel, the romance and the vision concept of the film. She used pink mink protea, purple beauty berries, deep purple cala lilies, purple lisianthus, burgundy scabiosa, black bacarra roses, purple sweet pea, fern curls, Australian Emu feather grass, Grevelia ivanhoe foliage and Silver begonia leaf.”

“The table numbers, bride and groom signs, and invitation were photo transfers on sheet metal. The bride and groom signs were also spray painted, using mesh as a “stencil” and hung with chain links. The place cards were mounted on metal door hinges. Artist Sunny drew inspiration from the gritty textures of the urban environment, as well as from the poem which Solomon wrote (shown in the video and pictures).”

Be sure to check out the film as well…

Thanks to photographer Erica, and the whole team for sharing this shoot with us today.

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Erica Ann Photography & Fine Art
Film and Design: Black Label Films
Florals: Floral Designs by Alicia
Invitations/Stationery: Puddle Jumpin Cards
Jewellery: Mandalena Designs
Coordination: Events by Lisa Marie
Bride’s Dress: Sophie Bridal Couture
Hair & Make Up: Courtney Rogers Makeup Artistry
Desserts: VooDoo Doughnuts
Venues: Under the Burnside Bridge and the Ace Hotel
Models: Carmen Selam and Solomon Trimble

10 comments

  1. I love this one as well, am a sucker for a man with long hair, possibly as have not much hair to speak of myself.
    @Nix: I thought he looked a bit ‘werewolfy’ but didn’t actually recognise him from the movie. Now that explains it, then.

  2. Thank you so much for featuring all of us! This was a really fun shoot to put together! Really Thankful how it turned out and that Solomon and Carmen were so willing to help us out.

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