When I met Stacey, I knew I was in for something different. I had no idea HOW different – but I was super excited. Their wedding was actually last year on Halloween weekend, but because I’ve been as slow as a turtle to blog, I decided that a perfect way to start this upcoming Halloween week was to post their engagement session (wedding to follow). Stacey shared with me that her and Jimmy are ALL about Halloween. To say they love it might be an understatement. They LOVE it. When Jimmy told me that he used to work down on the Kemah Boardwalk and he was good friends with the guys that put on the awesome Kemah Haunted House every year, I was like woah. Perfect.
We got an ENTIRE hour before it even opened to run around and play. It was an amazing opportunity and I’m not sure I’ll ever get one like it again. First let me say this – I had no idea what I would be working with lighting or non-lighting wise. I had never been to this haunted house before and even Jimmy + Stacey weren’t really sure what scenes we would have to work with. So I brought along a couple options for lighting confident that I could figure it out when we got there. Once we walked in my heart started racing. It was pitch black. And I’m talking can’t see your hand in front of your face black. (Duh, Holly, that is what a Haunted House is!) But I had hope. So we walked through a few of the first scenes to get the feel for where we might want to start. By the way, if you ever shoot in a haunted house, it’s a good idea to give yourself more than 1 hour. I’m sure we wasted a good 20 min. just getting lost and finding our way back to different places. I’m starting this post off with my favorite series and one of my most cherished engagement pictures ever. There are so many reasons that I love these images. The challenge to even take them, the chemistry of Jimmy + Stacey, the organic and un-replicatable nature of them, and one my favorite subjects, light.
Pitch black room. Fog machine. Laser light show. Holy Heaven on Earth (minus trying to focus in darkness). I’m pretty much going to build this room one day and have some crazy fun. We spent about 20 minutes here – and I wasn’t ready to leave. But we had other scenes to discover – here are a few….
Clowns are super scary. And I suffer from Coulrophobia.
And here are some images from the second half of their shoot – the “normal” partThey are one sexy couple!