Happy Friday! Are you ready for today’s post? It’s our very own engagement shoot!
Our engagement shoot was “Holi Festival” (or the Festival of Colors) Inspired. This is a festival in India that officially ushers in spring – the celebrated season of love – where people would throw colorful Holi powder at each other. We found this as the perfect inspiration for our e-shoot.
Sourcing the Holi Powder we would be using was bit of a challenge for us. One, we don’t know exactly where to buy and two, we were “out of season” (read on and you’ll know why!). We spent 1 whole day armed with Google map and hopefully, a good sense of direction – travelling from one city to another in search of Indian Groceries (we visited a total of 6 in 2 cities, and I think they’re the only). One grocery owner even asked us where will we be using the Holi Powder. He said that the festival was celebrated around March, so they had very minimal stocks left (some almost none) as it was already December at the time. I told him we needed it for our Engagement shoot, and he smiled and said, “Ah! You would be needing a lot of colors then!”. We got a total of 4 colors (the best we could source!) – Red, Hot Pink, Orange and Sky Blue.
We wore white shirts during the shoot so the Holi Powder would totally stand out. As soon as Nez Cruz, our photographer par excellence, shouted “Game!”, we were happily throwing Holi Powder at each other. The shoot was carefree and fun, authentic and raw – we didn’t have a stylist, we didn’t have to be all prim and proper, plus we can wear our good ol’ jeans and favorite sneakers (I was totally happy to wear my favorite red Converse – on an engagement shoot, at that!). The mess and grime didn’t bother us either. I tell you, there were traces of Holi powder on my face 3 days after the shoot (yes, I did go out of the house, went to the office with traces of hot pink Holi powder on the sides of my face!) and I don’t care just because we were so happy with what we did.
Here are some of the best, craziest shots that came about that one sunny afternoon. Enjoy!
Photography by: Nez Cruz