Category Archives: Styled Photo Shoots

Kestrin Pantera, The Wizard of Oz, A Painted Mountain & The Salton Sea

You might recognise the utterly gorgeous singer and actress Kestrin Pantera from her ‘Three Dresses & The Wedding of the Century’ (part 2 here) wedding which exploded all over blog land a in May. Well how lucky am I? It turns out she’s a Rock n Roll Bride fan and so sent me this totally awesome and slightly crazy photo shoot that she did recently.

“Andreanna (the photographer) and I had both always wanted to shoot at the Salton Sea, which is out in the middle of the southern California desert” she told me. “Once she suggested it, I remembered a national treasure right next door: Salvation Mountain, a 50 foot high and 150 foot wide mountain, made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint.”

“The artist/creator of the mountain (who lives on-site, alone, in his truck), is a 79 year old man named Leonard, who has worked on it for the last 20+ years and continues to today. He invited us to take as many pictures as we liked and to stay as long as we wanted, giving us a tour mid-shoot, and bottles of water. We conceived of a Wizard-of-Oz-esque scene (with all of Leonard’s vibrant colors and existing yellow brick road), and since my dog, Batgirl was with us, she played the part of Toto. The dresses were designed by the talented Giuliana Mayo who made the pink dress specifically for my MTV Canada debut in June 2010. Giuliana is kind and brilliant, and has worked with Johnny Depp, Prince, Stephen Tyler, Britney Spears, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, among many other legends. It was an honor to wear her gorgeous designs.”

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Vintage, Eclectic & Fun – Your Style, Your Way

I love a good promotional photo shoot (we all know that don’t we!) I think they are not only really good fun, but really amazing tools to showcase what you really can do – and therefore hopefully get the clients that you want. Ohio photographer Nikita Gross decided to set up this shoot to show the world what she loves to shoot – kick ass, alternative couples of course! The ‘bride’ Ashley, who owns Pinnokios Salon in Northside, did her own hair and makeup. She and her ‘groom’ Jeremy raided their own closets for these vintage and one-off pieces and the results are just so fun and eclectic. Jeremy’s American Apparel boots and vintage jacket are particularly sexy! I love.

Eeek….look at all these tattoos too!

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Funky Fun Fair Pin Up

Minnie wanted some funky and fun pin up style images for her model portfolio, so she and photographer Christopher headed down to the beach where there was a fun fair – the perfect setting. She got all dressed up in authentic vintage outfits and they had an utter blast!

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“Marilyn! Marilyn!”

Rebecca’s retro taxi session is so marilyn! In fact while they were shooting people were driving past honking their horns and shouting “Marilyn! Marilyn!”

She wore a dress from a five & dime store (I don’t know what this is…we don’t have these in Londontown) and she made her own gorgeous hairpiece.

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Pom Poms, Succulents, Neon Cheesecakes & Californian Sun

This wicked shoot was put together by Bowman Nichols Event Consulting. They wanted to highlight the beauty of California’s Central Coast and the historic and rustic elegance of the Santa Margarita Ranch, but in a fun and fabulously colourful way. They put together a rustic feeling set up with the table in the field and the almost neon cake/flower table. “We were looking to craft a rustic feel pulling inspiration from the colour palate and style of the Carlisle linen pattern from BBJ Linen.  The concept was to accentuate a blend of traditional and non-traditional elements for the bride and groom, while staying with the feel of the venue in its rural tradition” they explained.

The couple they chose for the shoot was also very important to them as they wanted a pair that could pull of an alternative, edgy feel. “For the couple, we paired an edgy, big city, tattooed groom Josh, with a beautiful blonde, 1950’s inspired bride Natalie, for a Rock n Roll feel.  Natalie wore a vintage inspired, short lace gown by Alfred Angelo and western style cowboy boots.  To tie in the theme of color we chose large non-traditional jewellery embellished in turquoise with red and black accents to play up to her rockabilly groom.   The bouquet was a beautiful unique arrangement adorned with billy balls, kangaroo paw, and succulents pulling in the bright contrasting colour.”

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