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.”
No-one does engagement shoots like photographers from The Philippines… and Gem and Jay-R’s shoot by WeDoItForLove is no exception!I love this for it’s super creative and totally over-exaggerated concept.
So, Gem & Jay-R are medical reps for one of the country’s top brands… so what do they do? Dress up in straight jackets of course! They took inspiration from the movie, Love & Other Drugs as well as Blink 182’s music video for After Midnight.
Sense of humour required when viewing these please…
Matthew & Vashti’s engagement shoot may be simple but I think it’s perfect. Who needs props and stylists when you have love that looks like this? To me, there is nothing more beautiful than that.
In actual fact I don’t think any more words are required…just soak in the simple beauty that these guys have…
I don’t feature a while load of engagement sessions on my blog, but I simply couldn’t resist Jeni & Manny’s urban beach session. “When Boston make up artist/hair stylist extraordinaire, Jeni Teran, contacted me regarding engagement photos with her fiancé, I immediately started brainstorming!” wedding photographer Shannon Grant told me. “How would I do justice to such a sweet and (ahem) gorgeous couple?”
“Keeping the background more neutral by using the beach really helped set off her unique style and the couple’s down to earth personalities. Sometimes less is more and with lots of color going on, a nice simple location really allows for people to shine! Just an outfit change, a blanket and their love was all we needed to create this fun loving, beautiful engagement session.”