Wedding anniversary gift ideas are abundant and a 10 year anniversary photoshoot could be a powerful visual symbolizing family treasures and unity.
Wedding anniversary photoshoots differ little from the engagement sessions. I even combine them in my portfolio and call them romance sessions. Regretfully, they aren’t in big demand but one stood out in my practice — a romantic getaway of an Indian married couple to Nice and Monte Carlo.
Traditionally, the 10th year of marriage is marked with tin or aluminum. These materials symbolize the durability and flexibility needed to sustain a loving union. You can go with the tin-related gift ideas or, like two couples this month, a 10 year anniversary photoshoot! Here’s one of them.
I crossed my paths with Jackie on several spectacular occasions. She is the owner of Couture Creations, a Brooklyn-based event planning company. You should see her kids’ birthday party decor! And, among her designed weddings that I covered was this posh celebration of a stunning couple.
Jackie and Anton now have two children and she asked about a 10 year anniversary photoshoot with her husband. Their wedding anniversary also falls on a date when Anton proposed. If that’s not enough of numerology for you, he did it on the date he first asked her out. It’s a magic date for them!
Jackie, being a wedding coordinator, has connections. We didn’t have to think hard about a shoot location — their wedding venue, Crystal Plaza in New Jersey, generously offered the space. It is undergoing a major renovation but a couple of rooms, including the ballroom, were workable. Gone was a bathtub that I used for another bride recently, unfortunately.
We started in a bridal suite. Jackie wore her original wedding dress. The guys brought their kids who brightened up the first half of the shoot!
Some bribing was necessary to make the little one pull off that last shot. We then let the kids go. I could focus on the couple and switched gears to mix some dramatic shots, too. Jackie changed her wedding dress midway.
Get this: besides being a wedding coordinator, Jackie is a school teacher. She is also a dance instructor at Fierce Dance Company! Intrigued by that, and having worked with dancers, I knew I could pull off something uncommon. I shared my concept with the couple but unfortunately, the dress was too restraining for that big move… Here’s a by-product, if you will. Still makes a highlight of their 10 year anniversary photoshoot for me!
Instead of behind-the-scenes, let me show you the “before” state of this last dramatic image. Two studio lights were used for a contrasting light but they were spilling big time. I didn’t have grids on me that day. So, light and shadow painting in post-production did the trick, albeit taking significantly longer time. (Sorry, Anton, I replaced your head, too.)
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