Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Styled Photo Shoots

Styled photo shoots are all the rage right now.
What do I mean by a styled photo shoot you ask?
Well there are many definitions, but mine is simply the recent trend to have couples pick a VERY specific theme for their engagement photos and go CRAZY with it. 

Here are a few shoots that will give an idea of what I'm talking about.
Some shoots I love, some are not for everybody- but ALL do a wonderful job showing off a couple's personality. 

Number 1: Gone fishing
Cute and simple- and they must really love fish!
Number 2: Alice in Wonderland
Elaborate and whimsical- personally not my style, but these are beautiful detail shots
Number 3: Vintage Circus
Very Water for Elephant-esque. Although I don't think I'd go this all-out for my engagements- you gotta admire these two's flair!
Number 4: The Notebook 
These two look uncannily like Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling from the movie and they hit the 1950's dead on. 
 They certainly wanted to capture EVERY aspect of the movie...

But who can resist these shots?

Nothing is cuter than kissing in a boat....

...except perhaps kissing in the rain :)


Like I said, not all these kinds of shoots will be up your alley and they can take a lot of time and planning.

So, how can you find the right feel for your engagement shoot?
Here are four ideas (curtsy of Wedding  to help you make the photos memorable without going over the top:

1) Play with vintage props

Antique cars, bicycles, and parasols are simple ways to add color and make a picture come to life.If you’re a little camera shy, using props is an easy way to become more comfortable in front of the camera.  Ask your photographer to digitally edit photos with vintage effects like texture and lighting filters to complete the look.

2) Stay close to home

Instead of building a photo session around a concept, try doing a lifestyle shoot, which is more like a documentary. A photographer will spend time at your home to capture your day-to-day lives. But that doesn't mean it should be routine -- concentrate instead on your fun and relaxed weekend activities.

3) Think sexy and intimate

If you’re a couple who isn’t afraid of PDA, then a sexy, romantic shoot could work for you. You could wear some pretty pajamas or a slinky slip while your guy dons pajama bottoms and a white T-shirt, or even goes bare-chested. The look is sultry but tasteful -- not photos you’d be embarrassed to have on the mantel when your in-laws visit!

4) Explore unique environments

Forget about fake backdrops and fussy studio sets.If you live in a rural area, old motels, dilapidated barns, and open fields can make for some one-of-a-kind photographs, while graffiti, vintage signage, and brick walls work for city dwellers. Schedule your shoot for sunset, when the light is usually best and go to town!

Whatever you decide to do- make it your own. These pictures are all about the uniqueness you create as a couple so have fun with it!


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