I’ve got a double dose of the gorgeous Elodie & Alexis today, starting with their incredible engagement shoot. Shot by film-loving photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre, this stylish couple flew him from London to Normandy, France to shoot their engagement and wedding.
Ashton is deaf as are both Elodie & Alexis. They found Ashton at World Deaf Art Festival in Reims, near Paris, last Summer. Elodie also happens to be a Rock n Roll Bride fan, hurrah! As soon as they met, they knew Ashton was the perfect wedding photographer for them. After 10 months of communicating via email it was finally time to shoot!
“We are very creative, very inventive and always have some sort of project on the go”, explained Elodie, “so we always knew our marriage would be heavily customised. For the engagement session I had always planned to have it in the old deserted garden of my grandmother’s house, where there was an old bathtub disfigured by rust, and two horses. I love this place! Then one evening in April, we had a crazy idea – to make giant cat and sheep heads to wear during the shoot! We made them ourselves. I love cats and Alexis’ curly hair looks like a sheep which is why we picked those animals. It’s amazing what can be done with pieces of polystyrene!”
If you want to see photography that pushes boundaries then look no further than MangoRED. This Filipino duo have been pushing my buttons ever since I first discovered them waaaaay back at the beginning of 2009. Their work continues to inspire me to this day. Why? Because they’re continually pushing themselves to create. Their work has evolved – almost into a completely different beast – but the essence of unadulterated and unapologetic creativity has remained a constant.
Francis & Mayone’s engagement shoot is a collaboration of photography, collage and sketch. The mixed media approach adds a whole new dimension and evokes a different feeling than photography alone. I love how dark these shots are too. Yes, it’s shot on a beach but that doesn’t mean it should all be sunshine, deckchairs and candy floss.
FYI Some of the images after the ‘jump’ are potentially NSFW.
This week I instagrammed (is that a word now?) that I was missing the desert… and jeez, Lindsay & Mike’s engagement session isn’t helping me much.
“He is a musician, she creates leather goods and together they travel around with different music festivals like Coachella and Warped”, photographer Kayleen told me. “They were just married over the weekend and have departed on the Warped Tour. This is their engagement session shot at the Little Sahara in the middle of Utah and the old ghost town of Eureka.”
Yep, that’s it. I’m heading back to Vegas as soon as I can! See you there?
I have another amazing engagement shoot from Rex of WeDoItForLove for you this morning. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – no-one does engagement shoots like those Filipino wedding photographers!
Jmie & KC love contact sports, particularly boxing, so theming their shoot around this was a really fun way for them to celebrate their engagement. “People usually choose themes where they will look really beautiful”, Rex told me. “So it was really awesome that they chose something that was a bit gritty and less beautiful. It also didn’t need so much styling as they already owned all the kit. The shoot was devised around the ‘actions’ which made it really fun to do.”
Hold on one second… Now I know I always say that I have the coolest readers but OMG I SERIOUSLY HAVE THE COOLEST READERS! I have four words that will prove it to you too… Zombie. Apocalypse. Engagement. Shoot.
So back in January, wedding photographer Rebecca L used this little wedding blog of mine to host an amazing photography contest. She wanted to give away 10 free engagement shoots, with the most epic of them all winning their wedding photography as well! While I couldn’t share all 10 engagement shoots I knew I had to post this one… and in case you were in any doubt, yes these guys won the grand prize. Hello, ZOMBIES. Zombies trump everything.
“The idea of a zombie engagement shoot was exciting enough, but I cant even tell you how much effort Nicola and Simon put into pulling it off”, Rebecca told me. “Because zombie engagement shoots have been done before they wanted to stage a full zombie apocalypse. We hired a zombie army of 13, an abandoned building on Syon Lane and the wonderfullly talented hair and make up artist Elbie van Eeden who transformed everyone into epically amazingly looking zombies.”
“We also had a huge array of props to play with. Three pints of fake blood, an axe, a hedge trimmer, replica guns, a Zombie Survival Guide, a real lamb heart, a ‘the end is nigh’ sign. I also had the help of amazingly talented Odin Raven who is the master of photographing abandoned buildings and processing HDR photos.”
“The day was great”, Nicola took over. “Lovely Elbie helped us with the make up and Rebecca mobilized a few of her friends to be our undead army. I can’t believe how many people took the day of work just to help us. We had the best fun ever running around the huge factory, jumping over dead pigeons and swinging axes about. We couldn’t wait to see the pictures and when we did we were stunned. Rebecca had done an awesome job! I love the fact that in years to come we can show our kids pictures of us being kick-ass.”
Engagement shoots can get a little cray cray. Props, expensive outfits and mental locations, while all lovely, are not what makes a good one. To me, a cute couple being themselves and showing their love their way is what matters. Dear Justin & Alanna, you did this amazingly!
“Justin & Alanna are super rad”, their photographers He and She Photography told me, “and we just so happen to be good friends with them. They’ve got style for days, so we knew we were in for a treat when they asked us to do their engagement session. Sure enough, these cool cats blew us away!”
“We spent the day hanging out in San Luis Obispo and exploring a bunch of different areas. We started downtown, then went to San Simeon (where Hearst Castle is) and then hit a hidden gem close to our house – rolling hills of 4 foot tall wheat. There is no theme to their session, just them being them and us being us.”