Last year saw the rise of epic wedding photo’s featuring bridal guests running away from dinosaurs, fighting zombies, be awesome Jedi’s and so on.
A new trend was born and I decided to hop on this bandwagon and see if I could make images like these come true.
I banded together with Aqua Libra Photography for a brainstorm session, to see what we could come up with.
Initially it was all fun and games, but along the way we decided to build it into a service we could actually sell and provide to newlyweds as an extra to their “normal” wedding photo’s.
We decided to set out on this adventure and that it would be wise to actually have images speak for our service. So we devised a plan to do a shoot with a “faux” wedding couple and some guests.
The idea was to make at least three proof-of-concept images and go from there. Since the T-Rex wedding image of Quinn Miller was the one that went viral, we wanted to make our own take on it.
We weren’t sure about the other images yet, it all depended on the final images and what props/ideas popped up afterwards.
A post on facebook gathered the necessary response of people willing to dress themselves up for the fake wedding occasion.
We set a date and location in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. which has some beautiful and different locations close to each other and is near my studio. This gave us plenty of room to work with without having to relocate everyone over long distances.
For make up we asked the amazing girls of Make-Up Matters to do the hair and makeup for the wedding couple and guests.
Overall planning like model releases, carrying bags, providing catering was handled by Draumlist and our partners.
It was a great production to put together, and a good learning experience for all of us, next to all the fun we had doing the shots.
We had people running for their lives in dresses and suits, which of course gathered a lot of onlookers.
After the shots were done, we selected 3 images to use as baselines.
The Dino shot required actual dino’s of some sort, and I found a few awesome dino’s in a toyshop. We shot these dino’s together with some other toys in a studio setting, making sure lighting was consistent to the shot. Then I composited it all into photoshop blending it all into a convincing image.
For the Tentacle image I was thinking of using a real squid, but at that time the idea would have been to complicated to setup, so I decided to handdraw the tentacles instead.
The apocalypse image was a lot of compositing the different elements, from stock images of lava, rocks and fire.
Even though they are proof of concept images they where highly fun to do, and we all learnt a lot in the process. And we’re eagerly looking forward to work with actual wedding parties and see how we can work out their ideas. Hoping for some awesome Harry Potter themed ideas, Star Wars Awesomeness, or just sheer zombie madness, anything is possible and fun will be had!
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