I recently had a friend of mine refer to wedding photographers as the “Macgyvers” of photography.   This couldn’t have been any more true of my latest gorgeous wedding at the ultra elegant Racquet Club of Philadelphia.  I had been excited about Meredith and Rick’s classic wedding for months.  We had several plans for photos throughout the day, including bridal party and bride and groom photos in nearby Rittenhouse Park, as well as photos of the lovely couple in the historic tennis courts upstairs.  I was giddy with excitement.  I began to pour over photos of Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in “Sabrina”, in particular the romantic scene on the tennis court, drinking champagne and dancing in that unforgettable white Givenchy gown.

Nope.  Not to happen.  There was a downpour of rain, and not the pretty kind.  A stroll to Rittenhouse was absolutely not happening, so we decided to forgo the park and get all of our shots in The Racquet Club.  No problem.  As soon as the ceremony was over, I dashed up to the fourth floor for romantic tennis court scene that I’d been dreaming of, and was met with the angry glare of 4 young Asian men in the midst of a heated match.  I quickly grabbed my lightstand left with my tail between my legs.  No problem.  The ceremony site!  I ran back down only to find a bustling staff moving chairs to flip the room.  I was crushed and seemingly out of options, until I discovered my bride and groom sharing a glass of champagne in the basement of the building, a floor I didn’t even know existed.  With it’s old wood, and stained glass windows, I was thrilled to find an area devoid of people, protected from the elements, and yes, lovely.

And so Meredith and Rick rolled with the punches, shared a romantic glass of champagne, and weathered the storm in the basement of the 150 year old building.  And it was absolutely lovely.  ‘Cause sometimes it’s amazing to find magic in a  Macgyver afternoon.

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DSC_0803 No can ever accuse us of not coming up with an amazing idea, and then exploring every single aspect of it, until we’ve shot it from every angle, lit it as many ways as physically possible, in as many unique locations as we can find.

When we first conceived our idea of taking Indian Holi Powder from the Hindu Festival of Colors and using it as a photography prop for working with models, no one had done anything quite like it.  There were a few powder shoots out there floating around in google images, but most were engagement shoots, and using the powder in a cutesy play fight, the couple throwing powder at each other, as they do with hundreds of thousands of people on the streets every spring in India.  We were more interested in using the powder as an expression of a woman’s beauty, the essence of her emotional life, whatever that may be at the time of the shoot.

My favorite part of the shoot is the first few times the powder hits the model, when she’s clean and fresh and beautiful and that one first cloud of color envelopes her, hopefully in stategically beautiful areas of the body.  So we always begin our shoots by asking the model…which color are you really feeling?  Are you a calm, peaceful blue?  A fiery, passionate red?  A playful pink?  In this way, we allow our models to bring their emotional energy to the photos, which is what I believe makes our Holi Powder shoots so introspective and lovely, no matter who or where we shoot them.

For this shoot, which was produced and cast by Tyrone Mitchell  of MMG, and shot at Gregory Maxx’s Red Cedar Studios, and assisted by lovely photographer and supreme powder thrower Stephanie Malloy of Lucky Rabbit Photography, we had a beautiful group of fearless women ready to jump in, bare their hearts and souls and bodies, and get color in places they never dreamed possible.  Thank you to every one for allowing us to live in our imaginations and remember how important it is to constantly stay creative, no matter how busy our lives get.

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To view the journey of our work with Holi Powder and models, please visit BWR Holi Powder Shoots