Styled Shoot // Hip Engagement Inspiration in Asheville, North Carolina

This styled shoot was produced during a workshop in Asheville, North Carolina. 

For this styled shoot my goal was to take two models into an environment that was aesthetically less than ideal, and create a stylish, artistic vibe that captured a diverse couple. The two locations were a tennis court and an old archery range surrounded by burlap drapes. 

I wanted Jasmine and Chris to give off a hip, casual, urban vibe while simulating a comfortable connection between the two models so I asked them to wear black to give off that feeling and energy. I envisioned this mixing well with the unique, unorthodox setting. 

During the shoot I wanted Jasmine to represent the traditional "male" role which was a challenge but because of the height difference in both the models it ended up working out through experimenting with switching the "norms" of how a male/female couple should interact. 

I chose to capture this shoot using two different formats: film and digital. I felt this would add to the different urban feel that I was going for.

Words and photos by Mark Maya.

 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot couple obscured by burlap drapes and holding hands
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot couple laughing and hugging behind burlap
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot embrace behind burlap drapes
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot couple's embrace shot from neck down
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot holding hands behind drapes
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot couple looking into distance
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot chris posing in front of plain wall
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot portrait shot of chris
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot portrait shot of jasmine in front of burlap
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot portrait shot of jasmine
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot couple's shoes as they walk
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot embrace in front of exterior wall
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot couple laughing
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot embrace with jasmine looking at camera
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot couple's arms around each other
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot jasmine standing in front of chris, who is leaning against wall
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot chris reaching for jasmine's hand
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot couple standing shot from mid-thigh down to shoes
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot lightly holding hands
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot embrace, edited with polaroid frame around photo
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot couple sitting , chris's arm around jasmine, polaroid edit
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot chris's head on jasmine's shoulder, polaroid edit
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot embrace, polaroid edit
 Durham North Carolina Styled Shoot couple leaning against wall, focus on hands, polaroid edit

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MARK MAYA

Hi there, I’m Mark. I offer creative, honest wedding photography for unique couples. I'm not the type of person who stresses over the small details like shots lists, other guests getting in my way or things having to be perfect. I trust myself and my clients in the moment to make thoughtful, healthy choices so we can celebrate together with family and friends. I trust myself to capture your day in an emotional, authentic fashion and I trust my clients to allow me to do so as well.