It may be a massive generalisation, but in my experience no-one does engagement shoots like those creative folks in The Philippines. It’s very rare that I featured these kinds of shoots any more, but when I’m presented with something like this, there is no way I’m going to turn it down!
So what do you think? Would you ever do something and over the top, awesome and creative as this for your own pre-wedding shoot?
You all know that I don’t blog many engagement shoots, but I just couldn’t resist this one. I think you’ll see why pretty quickly…
“We decided to do their engagement photos in the Allegheny Cemetery, one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and largest cemeteries”, wrote photographer Sarah of Sugar and Spice Weddings. “We were very low key and just took a nice walk through the 300 acres that are there and took little stops along the way to take some photographs. I wanted to show the cemetery as a subtle backdrop but I didn’t want it to be a main focal point in the photos.”
“Both Jesse and Chris are tattoo artist and have beautiful work themselves so I really liked contrast of their bright tattoos and all the green in the cemetery this time of year. They are really into each other (obviously) so I tried to get a lot of photos of the two of them just interacting with one another. I wanted to keep it simple and natural. It was a blast.”
I dunno about you but I am just dying to see this wedding!
Confession time: I’ve never seen Game of Thrones. I know, I know, my geek credentials should be thrown out of the window and I should hang my head in shame… But needless to say I know a good thing when I see it, and Karlee & Justin’s engagement shoot certainly fits that bill.
Vancouver Island in British Columbia was the perfect spot for this DIY shoot – oh yes, I said DIY – the pair made their outfits themselves from scratch!
“Karlee gave us directions to an abandoned church (called the Old Stone Butter Church) located directly on an Indian graveyard”, wrote photographers Cole & Jakob of Nordica Photography. “If you’re not familiar with Indian graveyards, they’re sacred and very well guarded by natives, so you don’t want to mess with them. So, we arrived early and waited beside the church on the Indian graveyard looking forward to meeting Karlee & Justin for the first time. When they pulled up, we were kind of shocked.”
Engagement shoots might not be everyone’s bag, in fact I rarely blog them myself. But when I saw Kate & Brandon’s intimate and utterly gorgeous shoot I knew I had to break my self-imposed rule. I love how these images perfectly reflect the couple – their likes and dislikes, the things they do together and who they are as people – without any pretentiousness. Nothing is overdone and nothing has been imposed by the stylist – it just shows them.
“We wanted to feature Brandon’s motorcycle in the shoot as that’s his other love”, wrote stylist Rachael Lunghi of Lace and Likes. “They both smoke and enjoy whiskey so we brought that in. We sort of came up with a whole storyline about them riding out to the forest and then camping in their longjohns and drinking whiskey in the woods.”
Are we still down with zombie themed shoots? It’s seems to me that over recent months they’ve been cropping up everywhere but I get the feeling you’re not sick of them yet. Weirdly, zombies and zombie stuff is always a hot topic on my social media! Who knew…?
I’m not going to lie, I get submitted a lot of zombie shoots and most of them get rejected for publication. It’s not that I don’t like them… but I guess I figured once I’d published a couple of really brilliant ones, I’m ready to move onto the next thing. But Gareth told me I was wrong and that you guys would still love to see them so here we are with another one today. Is he right?! (he usually is damn him!)
The difference with Dannielle & Andrew’s shoot is that unlike a lot of zombie shoots I’ve seen, they wanted to get in on the action and play the zombies themselves rather than having other people to attack them. “For the shoot, we wanted to create a little typical zombie story”, wrote photographer Kim. “The girl gets stuck in the middle of nowhere and gets attack by a zombie. She then becomes a zombie and they fall in love.”
“Andy and I decided to do a zombie shoot for one simple reason… we both love zombies!” Dannielle took over. “We’ve watched every single episode of The Walking Dead together – it’s part of our Sunday routine. We wanted to do something that wasn’t your ordinary engagement shoot, something unique and something that reflected us as a couple. Our pictures show true love at first bite, and that’s exactly how our relationship has been. Ever since we first met I knew he was the one when I first saw him. Don’t worry though, we don’t have a craving for human flesh, we’ve already got each other!”
I do love winter wedding inspiration, but more than that, I love winter inspiration that’s a little bit more edgy. Gothic even. To me, winter is the perfect opportunity to embrace your dark side.
And for their engagement shoot, Adriana & Ben wanted to to just that as well. “I wanted to really go all out and embodied the darker side of us for our engagement shoot”, Adriana explained. “We really weren’t trying to be ‘dark’, we were just trying to be true to us. My fiancé is a musician and I am a event creative director, so I really wanted our passions to be apparent in this shoot. I wanted to create an enchanting feeling and our own little creative fantasy.”
“I personally put together all the decor and we had to cart it all to the location site. It took us about a 25 minute walk on a trail into the forest to get to the right location. The location was so enchanting. While setting up our vignette, I decided to attach rose heads to each of the trees in the background to add a dynamic touch. Overall, I feel that this shoot really pulls from all of my influences in music, fashion and art such as, Tara McPherson (artist), Alexander McQueen, the Foo Fighters and Shiny Toy Guns. It also is influenced by our favorite show, Game of Thrones.”