Joelle & Jake’s shoot was described to me as “intimate, organic and unique” by their photographer Anna Jones and I really couldn’t say it any better. Somewhere between a boudoir, a day in the life and a wedding portrait shoot, these images that took my breath away as soon as I saw them. Perfectly honest and stunningly peaceful. They are just utterly, utterly beautiful and everything a couple shoot should be.
Sally & Mark might be a little familiar because I featured their amazing blue burlesque wedding (on a £900 budget!) in December last year. Well, as their first anniversary rolled round, the couple wanted something to commemorate, and so called up their wedding photographer Jade of GASP Photography to ask if she’d do the honours.
“We did the shoot at my parents house for our anniversary,” wrote Sally. “We love the area and the colours in the woods. We realised that our favourite pictures of us were our wedding pictures so we decided to use the same photographer and get some updated images. We wanted to have an intimate celebration feel to it but to also include the fact it was at my parents as it is such a beautiful house and area! I think that as corny as it sounds we both felt like we are still so in love and wanted to make record of it and us.”
After their wedding Emma & Owen decided they wanted to do a shoot that really showed off their personalities and personal style. They hadn’t had any portraits taken at their wedding eight years ago, and so they contacted photographer Jess Petrie to ask if she’d like to shoot them.
Owen told us all about their relationship and why they wanted to do this shoot. “I met Emma when I was fifteen and we’ve been together ever since. It really was love at first sight – that’s probably the only way it could have worked as I was too shy to speak to her at the time! As a teenager with a paper round, I had to save up for an engagement ring; I picked a ring at a jewellers and went there every week to add to the down-payment on a tiny gold ring with two small diamonds holding a larger third in the middle. I’d literally go there some weeks with 82 pence in copper coins to add to the pot, but I paid it off eventually and took it home! We went to sixth form and then University together, Emma to study Fine Art Painting and me to study Film & Video Production. Nowadays, Emma is a successful portrait painter and I run a film production company and am about to direct my first feature film.”
“We got married just under eight years ago at Hedingham Castle in Essex, a Norman castle from the 11th Century. The wedding was brilliant, with an all-black dress code and we wrote our own vows. Being a film maker with a professional photographer for a father, most of my friends are pretty good at wielding a camera, so we didn’t hire a photographer for the day (we obviously didn’t know Jess then). I’d been to a few weddings where the photographer had made the whole day revolve around themselves which seemed to kill any romance or spontaneity in the couple; too much ‘Stand here! Move there! Now we need the Bride’s Mother and the Groom’s Father…’ for my liking when we just wanted a day to celebrate being in love. After the wedding we were sent discs from everyone and had just under 5,000 images to sift through which was great fun, if a little slow! One thing we realised afterwards was that although we’d documented the day thoroughly, it would have been nice to get a few shots which were just about ‘us’ rather than the event. Hence booking in with Jess for this shoot.”
“Nowadays, wedding photographers seem to have evolved, thank goodness! I went to a wedding recently where the photographer got in a fight with the bride’s uncle over ordering people about too much, so it still happens and it’s not just me it bothers – but there is a new and wonderful trend for photographers like Jess. Essentially, it’s their job to be very subtle and just capture unguarded, natural moments where people are celebrating, laughing, crying and playing. If wedding photographers like Jess had been around in 2004 when we married, we’d have booked her!”
Tony & Kelly have been married for four years but they never had any really great engagement photos, so photographer Kaethe Mari thought she’d remedy that!
“Tony Gambino is a local photographer, musician, and um… freaking cool as crap,” Kaethe wrote. “When he asked me if I would do some headshots of him, I jumped at that like a girl jumps at fro-yo. It just so happens Tony has an incredibly beautiful wife, Kelly. I asked him if she could come along – and if I could grab a few pictures of them together. When I excitedly told a friend about who I photographed a few days prior, she said to me, “Oh my gosh… have you seen their youtube proposal video?!” I hadn’t…but now, I’m even more obsessed with these two. Watch it, and fall in love with them just like I did. Please.”
Kaethe is right, this is the most amazing things I’ve ever seen – all I have to say is it’s a good job she said yes! Be sure to check it out after the ‘jump’…
After 5 years of marriage Karl & Loryl decided to renew their vows in a steampunk inspired ceremony. To celebrate the announcement, the couple asked photographer Laura Zastrow to take some themed portraits to use at the party, which will be taking place later this summer in Milwaukee.
Danielle & Jose are probably about the cutest couple I know. The first time I met them, at a party in LA last August, we spent the whole night huddled in the corner chatting about life, love, the universe and our mutual appreciation of British culture… and photo booths! So when Danielle emailed me just before I left for Vegas to tell me they were going to be there at the same time I just about squealed with delight to be able to see my friends again.
Then, when I told my travel buddy Lisa Devlin that I’d be meeting them during our trip she offered to do a couple shoot with them. It was the perfect excuse for us to drive out to the desert, decorate a Joshua tree with gold glitter curtains and enjoy the incredible light!
“When we heard that the wonderful Lisa Devlin wanted to photograph us, we were so excited to work with her,” Danielle told me afterwards. “The only photos Jose and I have taken together aside from our wedding photos were done with a self timer so it was especially exciting for us to work with someone like her. We felt honored to be captured by such an amazing photographer.”
“The whole day was quite an adventure, and even though there was a lot going on in the background (as a couple of drunken uninvited guests decided to crash our party!) Lisa made us feel very much at ease during the process. We are so thankful to Lisa and her fantastic assistant Amy, as well as to Kat for bringing us together!”