Feminist Photo Vacay // 60s Mod Elopement: Yazmin + David

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.

Below, find a 60s-inspired mod elopement shot by two photographers, Jessica Schilling and Shawnee Custalow of A Lovely Photo. The stylist, Bridal Marché, explains her inspiration: "Elopements are always so fun, and with Palm Springs as your background it was an easy decision to have the couple do a poolside elopement. The couple started their day getting dressed together and then eloped under a palm tree in their backyard. After their 'I do's they jumped into the pool and had a fun backyard reception." 


Photographer: Jessica Schilling

60s mod wedding eloement in palm springs california photos by Jessica Schilling
60s Mod wedding elopement in palm springs california by Jessica Schilling photography

60s Mod wedding elopement in palm springs california by Jessica Schilling photography


Photographer: Shawnee Custalow of A Lovely Photo


The Creative Team

Styling: Holiday Celebrate & Bridal Marché

Hair: #slinginpretty

Makeup: @sittingpretty

Florals: Burlap & Rose & Amanda Burnette

Models: @yazminmonewatkins @davidneedsig

Wedding Dress: Ash and Light

Look: Kim Sheree & The Trend Haus


Jasmine Fitzwilliam of Let's Frolic Together

Jasmine Fitzwilliam of Let's Frolic Together

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.