BBCH Fall/Winter 2011 : Page 126

Wed d os s i e r · photos · Awe, Snap! From save-the-dates to day-of installations, engagement photo shoots are for much more than mementos. | By Kelsey Bjelland | Photography by Studio This Is | Forget the stiff, stilted look of typical engagement pictures—style, color and captured candid movement are spicing up shoots and turning a formerly obligatory wedding tradition into a must-have. Photographers are putting more creativity and time into planning these photo sessions, too, says Jeremy Bustos, head photographer and owner of Studio This Is (219.465.0189, studiothisis.com). And for good reason: Not only does the couple walk away with a sweet shot for their save-the-dates or, say, a decorative day-of installation, but letting your photographer observe your interaction as a couple is key before the big day. When event planner Katie Jackson-Meara and her fiancé scheduled their shoot with the studio, they were already seeking an experience rather than a series of posed pictures. “We are naturally kind of silly together,” she says. “We wanted to make it fun, not just a ‘grip-and-grin’ day.” Paint brushes and bright red paint were used as playful props, causing the happy couple to forget about the cameras and allow their natural chemistry to shine through. “If you have a great concept,” adds Bustos, “you can relax and leave the door open for spontaneity.” TWO OF HEARTS Engagement photos are not only fun, but also practical. “Knowing we could use a photo for our save-the-date helped us justify the cost,” says Katie Jackson-Meara, who’s set to marry her love of six years, Chris Baldwin, at the Chicago History Museum this month. 126 f a ll / w i n t e r 20 1 1

Wed Dossier Photos

Kelsey Bjelland

Awe, Snap!

From save-the-dates to day-of installations, engagement photo shoots are for much more than mementos.

Forget the stiff, stilted look of typical engagement pictures—style, color and captured candid movement are spicing up shoots and turning a formerly obligatory wedding tradition into a must-have. Photographers are putting more creativity and time into planning these photo sessions, too, says Jeremy Bustos, head photographer and owner of Studio This Is (219. 465.0189, studiothisis.com). And for good reason: Not only does the couple walk away with a sweet shot for their save-the-dates or, say, a decorative day-of installation, but letting your photographer observe your interaction as a couple is key before the big day. When event planner Katie Jackson-Meara and her fiancé scheduled their shoot with the studio, they were already seeking an experience rather than a series of posed pictures. “We are naturally kind of silly together,” she says. “We wanted to make it fun, not just a ‘grip-and-grin’ day.” Paint brushes and bright red paint were used as playful props, causing the happy couple to forget about the cameras and allow their natural chemistry to shine through. “If you have a great concept,” adds Bustos, “you can relax and leave the door open for spontaneity.”

Read the full article at http://digital.modernluxury.com/article/Wed+Dossier+Photos/749361/72012/article.html.

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