January can be a slower month for those of us that work in the wedding industry. Less people get married in winter and so for many industry professionals this is the time when they can stretch their legs and do some experimenting. This is exactly what my friend Lisa Devlin wanted to do when she started to plan this gothic wedding shoot.
“I feel that as a photographer it is important to step back from your busy working photography life and just shoot for fun every now and then”, she wrote. “It did take me the best part of a year to make time for this but in the meantime, I had started a Pinterest board called ‘Shits and Giggles’ of images that I found inspiration but not necessarily wedding related.”
“I have collaborated with Laura Kate O’Rourke before in her role as a stylist but she is also a musician and I find her look fascinating. So we agreed to just pull together a few outfits, head to a location and see what we came up with.”
“Laura was never going to wear white but we did bring bridal elements into the shoot with the Victorian lace veil and the flower headpiece by Petal and Feast. We had access to some hotel rooms that had been abandoned in the 1990s and once Tabitha completed the make up, everything felt right. It was stripped back, it was bare and maybe even a little raw but it was great to shoot for ourselves and see where we ended up.”