Category Archives: Styled Photo Shoots

Gothic Fairytale: A Wonderfully Weird ‘Snow Queens’ Bridal Shoot

It took me a while to come up with the title of this blog post because there is so much good stuff in this shoot! Snow queen styling, blue hair, antlers, animal skulls…all the kind of things I’m utterly LOVING right now. It’s certainly not for everyone, but this kind of weird and wonderful styling totally does it for me. I know Roo‘s going to die when she sees this too…

“The shoot was arranged as Louise of Oh My Honey has just launched her first bridal collection,” stylist Alex told me. “We wanted to do something creative to show off the gowns and also to have a bit of fun.”

“Our inspiration came from gothic fairytales, woodland nymphs and The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. We wanted the table to look as though you’d stepped out of the Narnia wardrobe for a magical woodland wedding breakfast. Wooden boards and pots, wild flowers teamed with fresh loaves and jars of chestnuts on a bare dining table provided the rustic edge. For that magical feel, bottles and branches were sprayed with ‘gilver’ (a mix of gold and silver glitter). Snowflake Christmas decorations were used to tie the cutlery and the favours were chunks of Stollen cake in glittery berry bags.”

“The cake was a simple shop bought sponge cake that was roughly covered with white icing, topped with blueberries and a heavy sprinkling of icing sugar. A silver heart tilted to one side and a lace dress collar finished the decoration. The gilver frosted branches made another appearance as an alternative wedding bouquet.”

“The floral design was a mix of wild grasses and berry shade flowers with fake silver ferns bound with ribbon. We used an eclectic mix of silver lanterns, wood blocks, white net pom-poms, animal skin throws and deer skulls in Louise’s garden backdrop, shooting at crazy o’clock to capture the morning winter frost. And smoke bombs added to the other-worldly feel.”

Yep, I’m dying. Oh how I love it so. I’d like to live in this photo shoot please. I also think I need an antler headband in my life…

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A Portland Glam Goth Grunge Shoot: Carmen & Solomon

This photo shoot and film landed on my desk a few weeks ago and I was immediately intrigued. I recognised the ‘groom’ as being Solomon Trimble, whole played a warewolf in the first Twilight movie and wanted to know more about the ideas behind this styled shoot.

Real life couple Carmen & Solomon modeled for this glam/goth/grunge inspired project.

“Karyn of Black Label Films did most of the design for this shoot”, photographer Erica of Erica Ann Photography wrote. “Our vision for the overall shoot was to create a sort of hipster grunge look that is true to the Pacific NW culture but more reminiscent of Johnny Depp than Kurt Cobain.”

“Karyn’s vision for the film is an abstract piece about two lovers who were separated. What they have been separated by and whether they truly are together in the end is up to the viewer to interpret. We strove to be authentic in representing this real life couple in their love for one another.”

A lot of thought was put into the details of this shoot too. “The idea for the bouquet was for it to be a romantic intense alternative and eye catching bouquet with a dark, brooding and beautiful flow. Florist Alicia wanted to capture the feel, the romance and the vision concept of the film. She used pink mink protea, purple beauty berries, deep purple cala lilies, purple lisianthus, burgundy scabiosa, black bacarra roses, purple sweet pea, fern curls, Australian Emu feather grass, Grevelia ivanhoe foliage and Silver begonia leaf.”

“The table numbers, bride and groom signs, and invitation were photo transfers on sheet metal. The bride and groom signs were also spray painted, using mesh as a “stencil” and hung with chain links. The place cards were mounted on metal door hinges. Artist Sunny drew inspiration from the gritty textures of the urban environment, as well as from the poem which Solomon wrote (shown in the video and pictures).”

Be sure to check out the film as well…

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Strange Spirits in the Mist: A Lithuanian Styled Shoot

When I first looked through this shoot by Lithuanian photographer Saulės Pieva I was honestly a bit chilled. It’s definitely got that creepy-spooky vibe going on.

“The shoot was about mist and about the strange spirits who are protecting dying nature,” Saulės told me. ” It’s about the mystery of the rain, the forest, little creatures and secret life of nature spirits.”

Prepare to be a little freaked out looking at these photos, but you know what, I do really really love them.

…but the photos with the weird little cloaked characters are terrifying!

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A Jules Verne & Steampunk Inspired Bridal Fashion Editorial

This incredible fashion editorial was shot on the Creole Queen Paddlewheel for the winter issue of NOLA Wedding Guide. The shoot was inspired by Jules Verne, the 19th century and steampunk.

“Jules Verne’s novels were rich with extravagant voyages and adventures set in the romantic Victorian Era,” the team explained. “This was the era of the newly invented steam engine and through-railways and steamships, which opened up the opportunity for leisure travel and adventure for the first time.”

“What could be a better metaphor for wedding planning and a marriage than an extraordinary voyage? Isn’t that what you, the bride, is embarking upon? Your upcoming marriage is the beginning of a journey filled with delightful adventures, and of course romance!”

Check out the behind the scenes video too…

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Giant Nests, Smoke Machines & A Bath of Feathers – An Advanced Flash Workshop at The Photography Farm

The second Photography Farm (remember the first one which I took part in?) took place earlier this month. The subject was advanced flash techniques and using off-camera flash. Organiser Lisa Devlin invited Adam Bronkhorst of Viva Photography, an expert in the field, to teach the latest ‘farmers’ all about using it in their own work.

As part of the experience the students were treated to another amazing styled shoot set up by Hannah of The Tea Set. The inspiration for the shoot was a dark gothic winter vibe, as Lisa explained, “We always knew this Farm was going to have a very different feel to the last one. This time we were exploring advanced flash techniques as opposed to working with available light and it would be a night shoot in the winter. So I got to thinking gothic and got to pinning.”

“The look also started with our couple, the beautiful Martina and Leslie. Martina has great strong features and hair the colour of swan feathers. Once we found the right dresses from the amazing Hope and Harlequin the direction started to be winter/gothic/nordic/gypsy/feathers.”

“We went to The Farm with our awesome stylist Hannah from The Tea Set and after discussing shooting down with the couple laying on the floor, the idea of a big giant nest out in the woods was born. When I saw the Bird of Paradise Hat from Jane Taylor Millinery it was the perfect finishing touch, it is a work of art. Hannah and Jayne once again worked their magic and came up with sets that translated the theme through antique taxidermy, fire, food and a brace of pheasants.”

Isn’t the vibe of these shots just incredible? If you are interested in taking part in the next Advanced Flash workshop at The Photography Farm, it will be taking place between 3st January and 2nd February 2012 and the next Engagement & Wedding farm will be taking place between the 13th-15th March (which I’ll be speaking at).

The price for both two & a half day workshops is just £950 and accommodation and all meals are included. For further info or to book your place, Lisa can be contacted via email or by phone on 01273 231047.

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