When you’ve been in the wedding industry as long as I have, it’s easy to start suffering from “been there, done that”. “Been there, SEEN that” is also a frequent occurrence!
My photographer friends are gonna kill me for saying this, but wedding photography is an area that can really suffer from that sentiment. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was when wedding photography started leaning towards the photojournalistic, and away from the stiff, posed, and painfully staged-looking photography that was so popular when I first entered the wedding business. I loved to see photographers and couples relaxing a bit, having fun with it, and taking more chances!
Engagement sessions, however, seem to have a bit of a hard time breaking out of the mold. While I’ve seen some great, warm, personal sessions, I still think that the vast majority of engagement sessions look more like senior portraits, or Sears/Walmart style family pictures. Very formulaic, take the couple to a park, kiss, hold hands, lay in the grass, whatever.
I have photographer friends. My husband did wedding photography before really settling into his niche of food & product photography, so I know how it is. I know that many brides feel that getting that style of photos is what they’re “supposed” to do in this grand ritual of getting married… and sometimes it can be hard to coax a couple out of that thinking. (The same applies to white cake, inside and out.. and cake toppers! LOL!)
HOWEVER… the other day I saw what may just be the most amazing engagement photoshoot ever. I would almost put money on a certain one of my photog friends either crying or squealing when she saw/sees this particular shoot. Anyway, the photographer is Chelsea Gray, and she’s based in Montreal, Canada.
Chelsea felt inspired by a blog entry she’d seen – which had featured an engagement session themed around the movie “Up” – and suggested a fun shoot to Cindy and Jean-Nicola. They jumped on the idea, and suggested The Notebook as inspiration. The rest, apparently, is history. Check out that *completely* epic engagement shoot HERE. Amazing!
Anyway, after seeing that shoot, I had to see her other work, and immediately fell in love. I LOVE her style, her eye.. and how she works with her environment to create visually stunning images. Whether incorporating the lighting at a “Cosmic Bowl” session at a bowling alley, natural light streaming through colored glass windows, or just natural light outside, she has a wonderful talent for making great use of that lighting.
Anyway, I was so blown away by her images, I thought that a blog entry on her work would be a great idea! Though she IS available to travel to far-flung weddings.. but at the very least, these photos should serve as great inspiration! Be sure to check out her blog for a ton more engagement sessions! All of the photos on this entry are courtesy of Chelsea and her team at Blushing Bride Studios!
Additionally, I love how so many of these photos are NOT of the couple alone in a field somewhere, but actually have other people, random passers-by, also pictured. I think it gives a lot of movement, a dynamic feeling to those photos. I absolutely love it!
“At Blushing Bride Studio we’re always trying to push the button stylistically, creating one-of-a-kind images for our clients. We are based in Montreal and available to shoot worldwide.”
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