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!”
Coming across the most amazingly colourful house by chance one day, wedding photographer Shannon Collins dreamed of being able to do a shoot there. Well fate stepped in, making it a possibility, so she knew she had to make it extra magical!
“Last year, I was photographing a couple in Philadelphia for an engagement shoot”, wrote Shannon. “On my way home, a few minutes from the location, I drove past a lovely yellow house with tons of pink flamingos scattered across the lawn. I screeched my brakes and drove in reverse so I could capture a quick snapshot of the house. It instantly reminded me of the John Waters film, ‘Pink Flamingos’ and made me smile.”
“I posted the photo to Instagram, thinking nothing of it. A few hours later, a friend of mine responded saying that one of her close friends grew up in the house. Then, the close friend commented, saying her parents still live there and she’d let them know I liked it. I reached out to her, asking if she thought her parents might be open to the idea of having a styled shoot at their house. The home-owners were incredibly gracious and although they were out of town for the day of the shoot, they allowed us to use their home as our backdrop.”
Inspired by the work of artist Marc Chagall and loving the fluid feel of the abstract paintings, wedding photographer Rosie Anderson wanted to create something similar in a series of photographs. To get that same fluid feel on her camera she had a brainwave – shooting underwater!
“Tom and Gemma are childhood sweethearts, they had to work together and really looked after each other on this shoot”, she wrote. “What I realised is that the water closes the gap between people. There is no air getting in the way, no words – it’s all about that moment. Something really special happens underwater. It’s hard to put your finger on it but it was magical. I’m now hooked and am planning another underwater photo shoot soon!”
Are you planning to have a bridal shoot? It’s actually something I’m seeing less and less of these days, but if you’re so inclined, I think they’re so much fun! Hell, I loved doing them so much that I started a blog so I had somewhere to publish them!
These photos, sent over by Italian wedding photographer Cinzia Bruschini are so beautiful. I adore the woodland setting, the flower crown, the vintage dresses and the gorgeous autumnal light.
“We wanted to celebrate the arrival of Winter in a splendid beech wood, near a small abandoned village about an hour from our house”, wrote Cinzia. “It’s an extraordinary place and the colours mixing with the sun’s rays at sunset created a magical look.”
“Margherita was a wonderful and unique model. She is very expressive and was able to communicate a great deal, even though we only had a little time available.”
Happy day of LOVE! What could be a better way to start off this most romantic of celebrations than a Valentine’s inspired bridal shoot… with a twist (of course!)?
There are so many touches that I love in this set of photos – the hay bales with the hearts on, the colourful DIY fans or the heart garlands would make for incredible ceremony backdrops. There are some seriously sweet buffet table ideas and the gold and yellow tablescape is a really lovely and original take on the theme.
Oh and let’s not forget all the gorgeous vintage dresses from Ooh Mrs James. The best bit? They’re all under £450!
“The idea for this shoot was ‘Love Rocks’, a less traditional Valentines wedding shoot”, explained stylist Jasmine Orchard. “We wanted to incorporate the love heart shape in mass (it is Valentines Day after all) but without it being over the top girly, taking a more fresh and edgy approach with a slight retro feel to it.”