We don’t usually post on Saturdays, but I couldn’t wait another minute to share this couple shoot, which might be one of the most unique I’ve ever seen! For one thing, the couple shot it themselves. Yep, that’s right, you heard me – this is basically the couple shoot equivalent of a selfie, but soooooooo much better. Steph and Elaine are photographers themselves, the powerhouse duo behind Dust and Dreams Photography, and when it came to their eight year anniversary, they wanted to do something a bit different. “We wanted something that wasn’t bought but still tangible – an heirloom,” Elaine says. “And as we have been taking our own pictures long before the word ‘selfie’ even existed (and have an ancient tripod to prove it!) We decided on a couple’s shoot for ourselves instead of the traditional gift of bronze or pottery.” The results are gorgeous, intimate, fun – and completely unique! Plus, who can resist the couple’s sweet pups who make a guest appearance? So enjoy, and here’s hoping your weekend is filled with moments as full of love and laughter as these are.
We wanted to use all the things we love; the little wood next to our house, our favourite colour hues… blues, grey, a touch of sparkle, some sneakers… and of course our two favourite studio assistants, Lola and Hunter.Lola usually just turns out a little black blur or blob as she just cannot sit still but Hunter was truly born for the camera so off to the woods we went. Steph and I also fostered a caracal from a tiny cub until he grew into a gorgeous, giant beast. He was successfully released into the wild but we had to pay homage to our darling Abakki with some sparkling ears! Due to the freezing cold rolling in on our first afternoon, the photo shoot was actually done over two days and even though the locations look like they might differ a lot it was all literally about 20 meters apart, our mystery wood close to our house and in the open veld next to it. All the photos were taken by me.
Photography: Elaine of Dust and Dreams Photography | Styling: Elaine Van der Merwe-Louwrens | Location: Private Farm, South Africa