Witchy Styled Elopement Inspiration in the Woods

January 30, 2020

I love the mystical and witchy. Shoots that are witchy almost immediately have my heart and I want nothing else than to make this blog all the Harry Potter vibes. Obviously, that wouldn't work, so you all can just see the magical every so often. This shoot by Nikki Hollett are very much in that universe.

Vendors

Caligraphy: Petite Paperie Design Co | Rentals: Party Mood | Models: Brooklyn & Seth 

What was your inspiration behind the shoot and the use of light?

The inspiration for this shoot is unique in the sense that I was inspired by other photographers creating creative works as the halloween holiday approached. As much as I loved everything I was seeing, I wanted to create something a bit different. I have always been drawn towards witchcraft and the old stories that surround women connected to the earth from centuries ago. I wanted to create a bit of a nostalgic homage to those women and the men who loved them. Most of the shoots around halloween are rather dark and moody (which is normally my jam) but we had the most gorgeous evening sunlight so I had to shift my direction a bit. At first I was a bit thrown off because I was aiming for a bit of PWN mood but got this golden light illuminating the tree's. In the end it was perfect because it gave the shoot a softer feeling which I really dig!

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How did you prepare your clients for this type of session?

The couple I used are amazing as he is a photographer and she is a model, plus  I have worked with them before so I knew they would be great. I chatted with her a lot in the days leading up to the shoot about what I was looking to create and sent along a Pinterest board for inspiration. She also works at a rad little vintage consignment shop so she was really helpful with pulling her outfit together. It felt like she was really co-creating it with me which is something I really want my couples to feel like when they are working with me.

What techniques did you use that were out of the norm?

During this shoot I did take time to use a few creative techniques that I pull out when I have time. I used my cell phone to mirror a reflection of the trees onto my couple, as well as played around with rapid fire shooting to make GIF's in photoshop. This shoot was one of the first times I had good success with this technique and now I shoot for Gif's all the time. I am also a bit double exposure fan, so I always shoot with that in mind. I create them in PS since I shoot on a Sony, and create them throughout the editing process. I often find I create the best double exposures when I have spent a few weeks not looking at the images, and come back inspired!
 

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Any advice to other clients or photographers who want to do this type of shoot?

I think its really important to find couples who resonate with the style of shoot you want to create so it can be more of a collaboration. I also think its really important to remind ourselves, while its great to be inspired by what other artists are creating, its even more powerful to find that inspiration from within (or outside of the photography world) and create from there.

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