There’s nothing that evokes childlike wonder quite like mermaids. I don’t think there’s any girl who watched The Little Mermaid as a kid and afterwards didn’t wanted to be one… So when this shoot, although not strictly wedding inspired, landed in my inbox, I knew I wanted to share it with you. It’s pure fantasy but that doesn’t make it any less fabulous.
“I have a real love of fantasy shoots because you can completely let your imagination run free and bring your ideas to life”, wrote photographer Heline Bekker. “Gwenda, who played our mermaid, and I both work in the wedding industry and we do a lot of styled bridal shoots together. But we often talk about doing shoots just for us, something different, something not at all wedding-related, so we can spread our creative wings. Most of the time though, it just finds its way back to weddings…not this time though!”
Who knew roadkill could be quite so glamorous?! Put together by photographer Lucy Davenport and taxidermist Eaton Nott, this elegant and editorial wedding shoot really caught my eye when it landed it my inbox.
“I wanted to create a shoot that was beautiful, yet alternative”, wrote Lucy. “I wanted to create images that the viewer would look at and think was a beautiful shot, then look closer and see the alternative wardrobe we’d used. I want people to be inquisitive about the images and what they show.”
“Taxidermy is a very niche industry, I approached Jess Eaton at Eaton Nott, one of the UK’s finest. We were so lucky to have her on board and allow us the freedom to use the pieces and interpret them in our own way.”
I love this shoot because it shows that goth doesn’t always have to be black, black and more black. A splash of colour here and there can really work – yes, a colourful goth wedding is totally possible!
The shoot was actually made up of five very different style directions (you can see the others here) but these three were my favourites, I love the use of flowers and how they can really change the direction of the styling.
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These beautifully gritty wedding images were shot at an abandoned warehouse in Badajoz, Spain. Wedding photographer Jesus Caballero explains, “I had an idea to shoot an urban wedding shoot. I wanted lots of black and a simple table arrangement. Imagined this wedding to be very informal.”
“We found a very urban couple with nothing conservative about them and they were happy take part in the session. Mary is a dancer and Alvaro is passionate about bikes so we used both these things in the shoot.”
“It was very easy to create the real atmosphere of the meeting, around the true style of the couple. The décor was perfect for their personalities and it was not necessary to make anything up to make it ‘cooler’.”
January can be a slower month for those of us that work in the wedding industry. Less people get married in winter and so for many industry professionals this is the time when they can stretch their legs and do some experimenting. This is exactly what my friend Lisa Devlin wanted to do when she started to plan this gothic wedding shoot.
“I feel that as a photographer it is important to step back from your busy working photography life and just shoot for fun every now and then”, she wrote. “It did take me the best part of a year to make time for this but in the meantime, I had started a Pinterest board called ‘Shits and Giggles’ of images that I found inspiration but not necessarily wedding related.”
“I have collaborated with Laura Kate O’Rourke before in her role as a stylist but she is also a musician and I find her look fascinating. So we agreed to just pull together a few outfits, head to a location and see what we came up with.”
Well, that’s a blog title I never thought I’d write! I have to admit, when I received these photos from Fiji based (but will travel!) wedding photographers Kama Catch Me, I was initally dubious. “Oh this will be a weird one”, I thought. Well, I actually wasn’t wrong… but it’s weird in the most awesome way!
“This shoot is based on our love for surrealism and with my wife coming from Belgium, there was none other to draw inspiration from than the crazy Belgian Ninja of Surrealism ‘René Magritte’”, wrote Ropate.
“One of our joint favourites is a painting called ‘The Treachery of Images‘ from 1929. In it, René painted a smoking pipe with a caption that says ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’, French for ‘This is not a pipe’ Whaaaat? When asked about it he said something like ‘yeah its true, its just an image of a pipe, its not an actual pipe…go on try putting tobacco in it’. Yeah he’s for reals!”