Have I got a set of photos that will make you go “awww!” today!? Photographer Jamie Allio told me the story of the real proposal that happened during this shoot! “I actually contacted this couple to do a shoot for my personal portfolio. I had been following Natalie for a while on Instagram and was obsessed with her style and her flawless features. Her boyfriend, Zach, was always making appearances on her feed and I couldn’t believe these two weren’t models!”
“I sent them an email along with a Pinterest board I had created for inspiration and within weeks we were meeting up for a shoot in my home, followed by a trip to Southern Arizona to visit some creepy abandoned domes. The night before the shoot Zach sent me a message telling me to call him as he had an emergency. As soon as he spoke he blurted out, ‘I’M GOING TO PROPOSE DURING OUR SHOOT!'”
There is a lot of pressure surrounding weddings. Pressure to have the most gorgeous celebration, to spend the most (or least!) money, to DIY up a storm and for everything to be utterly picture perfect. So it doesn’t come as a shock to me that proposal expectations can also be sky-high for the soon to be betrothed.
With viral proposal videos hitting the headlines on an almost daily basis, this is hardly surprising. It can be hard, if not impossible, for us normal folk to feel like we’ll ever measure up!
Don’t get me wrong, I love hearing the stories of the flash mobs, the sky-writing and the treasure hunts. I’m an old romantic after all. But the fact of the matter is that a proposal doesn’t have to go viral for it to be utterly incredible.
There’s a mini golf course on Panama City Beach, Florida, unlike all others… it’s full of dinosaurs! Shelly and David wanted somewhere unique to shoot their engagement photos and this was the perfect place. A little bit unusual but totally beautiful to boot!
“They both are super out-going and full of personality”, wrote their photographer Autumn. “So the two combined were a perfect match. I really wanted to portray them as a couple, hone in on their relationship, emotions, and love for one another. For once, I didn’t do much stylizing for this shoot, because the location was already enough, I just had to get them there and in front of the camera. I was very excited about this shoot plus, they knew all these secret spots at the golf course for getting the best photos!”
I wouldn’t say I’m a cooking calamity but it’s certainly not something I excel at (this coming from the girl who put so much hot sauce on her husband’s dinner the other night that he was gulping milk for an hour – ho hum) So I guess you could say that this hilarious engagement shoot set up resonated with me!
Styled by Mary Boyden Photography and Shindig Events, they wanted to this shoot to be fun and to tell a story about the couple involved. “We were inspired by the shenanigans of Lucy and Ricky of ‘I love Lucy'”, Mary wrote. “The story has begins with our bride dreaming up what to cook her guy for dinner as a special surprise but it turns into a cooking disaster, as usual. Her groom comes home, fully prepared with Chinese take-out, as well as flowers and OMG, A PUPPY!”
I’m pretty sure there is no couple in the world that could possibly come close to being as awesome as Ainsley and Sebastien. This is one of those engagement shoots that as soon as I saw it I was dying to see the wedding already, wondering what they could possibly do to top these photos.
Shot by the incredible Janneke Storm (she’s shooting The Blogcademy: Brisbane in November! I can’t wait to meet her!) who takes her inspiration from fashion photography, this is an engagement shoot to end all engagement shoots. Why? Because Sebastien actually proposed during the session!
Engagement and couple shoots aren’t usually my bag… I mean I like them and think all couples should do them, but I’m never sure if they really make very interesting blog posts. However today I think I’ve been proven wrong. I mean how damn beautiful are these?
Shot in the Spanish desert by French wedding photographer Thierry Joubert, Anne-Sophie and Frederic wanted a shoot to remember their relationship as it is right now. “The arid place lead us into a wild theme, inspired by cinematic classics and Enio Morricone’s soundtracks”, wrote Thierry. “All through the session I kept thinking that this was just like a lovely western script: a wild beauty meeting the lonely cowboy. The couple chose their outfits to fit with the setting and when it all came together it was like magic happening before my eyes.”
It may be a massive generalisation, but in my experience no-one does engagement shoots like those creative folks in The Philippines. It’s very rare that I featured these kinds of shoots any more, but when I’m presented with something like this, there is no way I’m going to turn it down!
So what do you think? Would you ever do something and over the top, awesome and creative as this for your own pre-wedding shoot?
You all know that I don’t blog many engagement shoots, but I just couldn’t resist this one. I think you’ll see why pretty quickly…
“We decided to do their engagement photos in the Allegheny Cemetery, one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and largest cemeteries”, wrote photographer Sarah of Sugar and Spice Weddings. “We were very low key and just took a nice walk through the 300 acres that are there and took little stops along the way to take some photographs. I wanted to show the cemetery as a subtle backdrop but I didn’t want it to be a main focal point in the photos.”
“Both Jesse and Chris are tattoo artist and have beautiful work themselves so I really liked contrast of their bright tattoos and all the green in the cemetery this time of year. They are really into each other (obviously) so I tried to get a lot of photos of the two of them just interacting with one another. I wanted to keep it simple and natural. It was a blast.”
I dunno about you but I am just dying to see this wedding!
Confession time: I’ve never seen Game of Thrones. I know, I know, my geek credentials should be thrown out of the window and I should hang my head in shame… But needless to say I know a good thing when I see it, and Karlee & Justin’s engagement shoot certainly fits that bill.
Vancouver Island in British Columbia was the perfect spot for this DIY shoot – oh yes, I said DIY – the pair made their outfits themselves from scratch!
“Karlee gave us directions to an abandoned church (called the Old Stone Butter Church) located directly on an Indian graveyard”, wrote photographers Cole & Jakob of Nordica Photography. “If you’re not familiar with Indian graveyards, they’re sacred and very well guarded by natives, so you don’t want to mess with them. So, we arrived early and waited beside the church on the Indian graveyard looking forward to meeting Karlee & Justin for the first time. When they pulled up, we were kind of shocked.”
Engagement shoots might not be everyone’s bag, in fact I rarely blog them myself. But when I saw Kate & Brandon’s intimate and utterly gorgeous shoot I knew I had to break my self-imposed rule. I love how these images perfectly reflect the couple – their likes and dislikes, the things they do together and who they are as people – without any pretentiousness. Nothing is overdone and nothing has been imposed by the stylist – it just shows them.
“We wanted to feature Brandon’s motorcycle in the shoot as that’s his other love”, wrote stylist Rachael Lunghi of Lace and Likes. “They both smoke and enjoy whiskey so we brought that in. We sort of came up with a whole storyline about them riding out to the forest and then camping in their longjohns and drinking whiskey in the woods.”
Are we still down with zombie themed shoots? It’s seems to me that over recent months they’ve been cropping up everywhere but I get the feeling you’re not sick of them yet. Weirdly, zombies and zombie stuff is always a hot topic on my social media! Who knew…?
I’m not going to lie, I get submitted a lot of zombie shoots and most of them get rejected for publication. It’s not that I don’t like them… but I guess I figured once I’d published a couple of really brilliant ones, I’m ready to move onto the next thing. But Gareth told me I was wrong and that you guys would still love to see them so here we are with another one today. Is he right?! (he usually is damn him!)
The difference with Dannielle & Andrew’s shoot is that unlike a lot of zombie shoots I’ve seen, they wanted to get in on the action and play the zombies themselves rather than having other people to attack them. “For the shoot, we wanted to create a little typical zombie story”, wrote photographer Kim. “The girl gets stuck in the middle of nowhere and gets attack by a zombie. She then becomes a zombie and they fall in love.”
“Andy and I decided to do a zombie shoot for one simple reason… we both love zombies!” Dannielle took over. “We’ve watched every single episode of The Walking Dead together – it’s part of our Sunday routine. We wanted to do something that wasn’t your ordinary engagement shoot, something unique and something that reflected us as a couple. Our pictures show true love at first bite, and that’s exactly how our relationship has been. Ever since we first met I knew he was the one when I first saw him. Don’t worry though, we don’t have a craving for human flesh, we’ve already got each other!”