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Winter Bridal Shoot Heats Up Center City

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Bridal portraits.  Every girl’s princess moment.  Nothing makes me giddier on a wedding day than having tons of time, perfect light and a happy, relaxed bride who wants nothing more than to go play in her dress for us.  Unfortunately this is rarely the case.  The most carefully planned schedules run late as the sun goes down ruining her visions of warm, romantic sunset photos, unforseen weather at the worst possible time, a bride who thought she’d be fine for photos before the ceremony is suddenly a bundle of nerves and it shows.

Scheduling a separate bridal shoot after your wedding is a perfect solution.  Without the pressure of a schedule, guests to entertain, and no fear of getting a little dirt on the train of a gown you’ve waited your whole life to dance around in.  Maybe your wedding was a rustic country affair, but you’d love to play in Center City in a cool urban shoot.  Take a day to play, it’s absolutely worth it.

For this winter bridal shoot we called on model Lily Cheshire who we’ve shot in various haunted locations throughout Philly.  Lily is a true pro, and one of our favorite models to work with.  We were loaned a lovely little number from Simply Bridal which fit to a tee right out of the box.  If you’re looking for a beautiful dress that’s affordable, I highly suggest them.  Save your money for amazing accessories that you’ll use over and over from somewhere completely unexpected like we did here! Lily looked stunning with hair and makeup by Jennifer Haines, who’s work with brides is really fantastic, and added some totally rock and roll accessories from our buddy Psydde’s Delicious Boutique.  After all, the real fun of a bridal portrait session is to free yourself from the constraints of the wedding.  And there’s nothing like throwing on a red leather jacket from Delicious with a spike necklace and glittery hoodie and dancing around the globe lights in Rittenhouse Square.  A standard bouquet didn’t feel right either, so we tapped into the twisted creative mind of Rev Mackenzie Moltov to create a one of kind winter bouquet to tie everything together.

And then we played.  First 30th Street Station for some pretty shots in a Byron Lars dress  from Silk and Burlap then wiggling into a wedding dress on a side street for some truly unique shots at City Hall, Broad Street and Rittenhouse Square.  A big thanks to everyone involved.  SO very BWR!

Porsha Terry Gets Delicious at Tattooed Mom

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I have control issues.  I love the thrill of putting together all aspects of a shoot…once we’re finished with the photos.  Finding the right model, perfect location, choosing wardrobe and accessories, playing with lighting, selecting the right lenses, and perfecting the processing, I really don’t think anyone knows how many decisions go into each and every photo.  Or what photographers actually DO, which is so much more than pressing the shutter.   As intensely introverted as I am, the bigger the team we have to assemble the more stressed out I become.  Stressed that people will be late, or cancel or get sick, or just be off their game,  which is why it’s so intensely satisfying to complete a shoot like this one.

Porsha Terry is one of the best young models in Philadelphia.  With her strong features that totally transform in photos, to her body which is a perfect combination of long angles and feminine curves, she is not only one of the hardest working and committed young models I know, but a consummate professional in every way.  Porsha will never be late, will never be unprepared, and will always give 110%.  She answers all of my excessive messages and is totally a part of making our vision happen.  After 2 great shoots with her including a test shoot at Race Street Pier and a stunning nature Holi Powder shoot, I knew we had to step up our game.  I contacted our friends Tattooed Mom, one of our favorite indoor locations, covered in graffiti, vintage furnishings, and some beautiful diffused light from the upstairs windows.  In doing a little internet inspiration research, I came across some photos of Grace Jones in the 80’s, which reminded me of Porsha.  Psydde Delicious of Delicious Boutique instantly saw our vision, offered to style the shoot and put together some amazing wardrobe and accessories loaded with their signature leather, torn edges and hardware, bad ass short jackets, hip hugging belts and leggings that look as though you were poured into them.  Zarah Arlene did double duty as hair and makeup artist.  (And for the record, anyone who can do both is absolutely invaluable at shoots).   The blue, black and white wig she MADE by hand completely took the shoot into a whole surreal Studio 54 vibe that was just the bonus which makes collaboration the key.  And the ombre lips? Don’t get me started.  Makeup so flawless that you don’t have to touch it in post production makes me all giddy.  Psydde’s assistant, and corset maker Bridgett Farrell rounded out the location team brilliantly.  She took total control of all things clothing, helping Porsha change, draping belts perfectly on a hip, flaring out the hood on a leather hooding, a total pro who’s attention to detail allowed us to focus (literally) on the photography.

I’m in love with the photos Paul and I captured.  A young, fresh, modern take on high fashion punk, with a healthy nod to Grace Jones and CBGBs without being a bad imitation.  Porsha fearlessly transitioned from one look to the next, as Paul and I played with some of our favorite elements, urban decay, street art, nudity and fashion, while managing to create totally editorial and commercial shots,  even taking time for Paul to set up some totally cool composite photos and his first attempt at working with levitation.   So take a look and enjoy!  And please feel free to like and share.  We kind of live for that.

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