The Zombie Engagement Session

Before Portland Pin-Ups took over as my main obsession/career, I spent many years as a professional wedding photographer and in my time captured over 200 special days for my clients. When I retired from weddings a few years ago I thought I was all done, but was tempted out of retirement by my friend Sandy Puc, who was getting engaged and wanted “something special” for her e-session. You can see the results of that fun here:

Sandy Puc Engagement Session

While I’m still available for weddings (kind of) I neither advertise it or seek it out. A few months ago, however, I was contacted by Maria, who had a very interesting engagement session in mind…one that I just couldn’t pass up!

Maria’s fiancé, Gary, is very much a zombie fan. Knowing this, and knowing that their wedding would be all about Maria, she wanted to surprise him with an engagement session geared around zombies! This is the kind of challenge we love at Portland Pin-Ups!

I discussed make-up options with our resident make-up artist, Hollie, and we decided to go with a minimum base on-set, and then I would add more/Zombify our clients in post-production.

All my pinup work is produced on a plain white background with beautiful soft lighting on set, and then each image is extracted and placed in a new scene using Photoshop. Aside from being a photographer, I’ve been a professional retoucher for over 20 years, so this kind of work is 2nd nature to me and the foundation of the look and style of all Portland Pin-Ups artworks.

All my pin-ups are shot on a white background for later extraction

 

On session day, Maria and Gary arrived expecting a short session to get one zombie image of each of them, but always wanting to go the extra mile and provide my clients with more, I already had a storyline in mind for the session.

Guiding them both into fun poses to bring the story to life we had a ton of fun, and a week later they made their selections for final artworks, settling on their favorite ten portraits which will form their guest book at their wedding in the summer of 2016.

I LOVE the final artworks and had a blast producing something different to our usual schtick.

Below are the final ten portraits, enjoy!

 

zombie engagement session, Portland Pin-Ups. © Mike Long / Portland Pin-Ups

zombie engagement session, Portland Pin-Ups. © Mike Long / Portland Pin-Ups

zombie engagement session, Portland Pin-Ups. © Mike Long / Portland Pin-Ups

zombie engagement session, Portland Pin-Ups. © Mike Long / Portland Pin-Ups

zombie engagement session, Portland Pin-Ups. © Mike Long / Portland Pin-Ups

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zombie engagement session, Portland Pin-Ups. © Mike Long / Portland Pin-Ups

zombie engagement session, Portland Pin-Ups. © Mike Long / Portland Pin-Ups

zombie engagement session, Portland Pin-Ups. © Mike Long / Portland Pin-Ups

zombie engagement session, Portland Pin-Ups. © Mike Long / Portland Pin-Ups

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