Shalma & Leo were lucky enough to find their photographer David through a feature on Rock n Roll Bride so as soon as the excited bride emailed me to tell me that they’d chosen David I was already looking forward to seeing what he would come up with for their engagement session. Over the past few years David has truly become the one to watch when it comes to his pre-wedding shoots. He’s always pushing the boundaries and never fails to impress with his unique eye for detail.
Shalma & Leo wanted to go for a film noir, classic film and super stylised shoot and in an unusual departure from his usual hyper colourful style, David decided process this entire shoot into black & white to fit in perfectly with this theme. “This couple are into their photography big time” David said “but they’re also in their classic films and wanted to have a pre-wedding shoot that referenced one of their favourites, A Bout De Souffle. This was a french film where the characters mostly smoke and drink coffee a lot – so we tried to recreate the streets of Paris in Richmond!” Go check out the stills from this film – Shalma & Leo got their outfits styled down to a ‘t’!
I have so much to say about this awesome engagement shoot that I almost don’t know where to start…maybe the beginning? Photographer Thomas has pretty much hit the jackpot with Bobbi & Shelby – gorgeous, cool, tattooed, individual, up for it – what more could you want?
The couple came up with the ideas for this shoot themselves starting with a seedy motel scene, the setting is right out of a 70’s road trip movie complete with peeling paint, a broken television and retro signage. They then headed out, firstly to a junkyard and then to a field where they lay around looking gorgeous and had some fun on a bike…with a pinata (of course!)
Following this came the grand finale. Inspired by the now iconic Tanja Lippert ‘Chicken and the Naked Chick’ engagement shoot, Shelby donned a giant purple monkey suit and Bobbi well..got naked! Love love love….I just adore these.
I literally couldn’t think of a more apt title for this post as when I saw Mary & Adam’s 1930s/40s themed bridal shoot I squeeeeealed in my email reply to photographers Jessica & Chelsea , ‘Oh these are so incredible, I can’t wait to blog them!’
“We had been planning this shoot for months but just needed the right two people to do it” the guys told me. “As you can see, Adam and Mary were perfect for the shoot. We actually had the wedding dress made for Mary by a local seamstress for $100 (including the cost of the fabric). So, we loaded up and headed to Denison, TX. Our plan was to shoot at the Old Dennison Hotel, but when we got there we found some other amazing places to shoot as well. The town is so weird. It seems like it once was a booming little town (like in the early part of the 1900’s), but then as it started to crumble, no one ever fixed it or tore down the old buildings; instead they just built all these modern structures around it. It just feels kind of forgotten, but it was really perfect for our shoot. One of the places we shot was this adorable little 50’s diner and malt shop complete with old gas pumps, a juke box, and checkered floors! It’s called Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner and Ice Cream Parlor. As for the Denison hotel…