Carly Romeo, co-founder of Catalyst Wed Co. recently planned Feminist Photo Vaycay, which is a blend of relaxation and creative exploration. Over the course of three days, fifteen photographers descended on the desert (well, a house in Palm Springs) and talked shop, took photos of each other, and had access to four professionally-styled shoots with themes that spanned the genres of boudoir, editorial, weddings, and couples' portraiture. But more than giving photographers a chance to shoot genres that they don't usually work within, the shoots were intentionally diverse -- featuring multicultural models and same-sex couples — and representative of the diversity of clients they all seek to serve. The results were spectacular: they pushed themselves creatively, they shot in pools and on top of mountains, and they practiced and shared technical skills. Oh and the photos turned out awesome.
COLORS: Metallic, red, blue, aqua
FOCUS: Glam/Jagger-inspired Couple on Honeymoon
LOCATION: Downtown Palm Springs
The Story: We start off in the Moorten Botanical garden where they have an elegant elopement. They are wearing chic/glam-style formal wear (aka 70s inspired colorful suits/patterns with ascots/scarves, etc). They walk around Palm Springs together and visit more colorful Palm Springs sites with their suitcases. They check into a hotel room for their honeymoon, and we watch them unpack, change into glam swimwear, put records on, drink champagne, maybe put on some glitter and celebrate! We were inspired by 70s glam fashion icons like Mick Jagger and David Bowie and one of our favorite films that depicts queer male love, Velvet Goldmine.
PHOTOGRAPHER: JESSICA SCHILLING
PHOTOGRAPHER: SHAWNEE CUSTALOW OF A LOVELY PHOTO
Jessica Schilling is a film photographer who specializes in outdoor elopements, intimate weddings, and family portrait sessions that highlight personal connections in California's beautiful natural scenery. She is also a documentary editor and internationally-published toy camera enthusiast. Jessica loves traveling all over the world, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, cat, and box turtle.
Shawnee is a queer feminist photographer and the creative eyes behind the lens of A Lovely Photo. She likes to genuinely get to know her couples and has been known to bust a move on the dance floor with them on more than one occasion. She strives to capture those in-between fleeting moments of the day that tend to reveal more about a celebration and couple than a stiffly posed portrait ever could.