Today we are sharing this gorgeous styled shoot with you. This shoot was a creative collaboration by some of SA’s finest suppliers, and they DID NOT disappoint. We just adore the theme they came up with, and they managed to pull it off so well, but don’t let us keep you, here’s more about the shoot:
The Theme | What was the look and feel of the shoot?
Nelia of Hello Photography, Vanessa from A Secret Affair, and myself ( from Tapestry) had been dreaming of working together on a very special styled shoot – and when we had the chance to work with Deon and Milena (our beautiful couple) we knew it had to be something GREAT – something which was styled, but still reflected their amazing personalities – a theme which embraced their love of travel, good food and fun times.
Styled shoots are such a great way to showcase local talent and create an opportunity for beautiful images – but we didn’t want to lose the personality of this gorgeous couple behind props and posing. With our couple in mind, we began to conceptualise – we wanted this shoot to portray a sense of exploration, travel and adventure through images of scenic outdoor spaces whilst still capturing the more quirky elements to add a feeling of fun and playfulness. From that, our ‘Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers’ concept was born.
The locally (and beautifully) made clothing by Miss Friday and Odette Gomes and jewellery by Dear Rae, a versatile makeup look for Milena (that not only complimented the gorgeous formal gown by Odette Gomes but still worked beautifully with the more casual looks we had in mind) by the incredibly talented Marnel Toerien and the more quirky and playful elements (like the amazing lapel pins by Ghost Goods, the lovely flower crowns by Sunkissed Handmade, the kite that was specially made by A Secret Affair for this shoot, and of course the delicious donuts) worked perfectly with our theme.
To bring a sense of wonder and adventure to the shoot, we wanted to incorporate some of the more travel-themed elements. We were very fortunate to be granted access to one of the aeroplane hangars at Morningstar Airfield and to work with two of their members who generously assisted with the more technical aspects of shooting near the plane. The great folks at Apollo Pimp’d Out Car Hire, were just incredible to work with and arranged for us to use one of their beautifully restored VW Kombis for the shoot. The incredible bags from Sivart Creative Studio were so beautifully made and just added that final touch of travel magic to bring everything together.
The Couple | Tell us a bit about your couple?
Deon and Milena are all about adventure! They love to travel, explore new places, meet new people and enjoy delicious food, so we definitely wanted the shoot to reflect that. Milena and Deon have been together for 6 years. Milena would walk past the store where Deon worked just to get a glimpse of him even if she did not need to be on that side of the mall! They have travelled to a few countries together as they love to explore new countries, cultures & food. They are currently overseas in Portugal right now enjoying the European Summer.
The Trends | What’s hot at the moment?
Because travel holds a special place in both Milena and Deon’s hearts, we wanted to bring that across in this shoot – a lot of the travel themed shoots we had seen had a very vintage feel, which was lovely, but we definitely wanted to modernize that a bit to capture the energy and playfulness of this lovely couple. To do that we included elements which we felt were fresh, fun and beautifully made.
There is definitely a celebration of locally made, handcrafted and customized items happening at the moment – a move to surround ourselves with pieces that are a true and honest reflection of who we are and what we love – we feel that each of the elements we featured in this shoot represent that beautifully.
Simply You | One last word?
I see myself as story telling photographer – I love to capture the real story behind my couples and subjects. This was the perfect shoot to capture what is in the couples hearts – ADVENTURE!