Last November, we had the privilege of traveling to Zanzibar, a beautiful island off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa, to photograph local designer Doreen Mashika‘s new line. Since 95% of what we shoot is wedding-related, fashion was something new and exciting for us and we did not hesitate to take on this challenge.
Doreen uses local fabrics and materials for her clothes and accessories, and her designs are highly inspired by local culture. In keeping with her style, she wanted the shoot to have local flavor, so we divided our time between the Mashariki hotel, the busy local market, the streets of Stone Town, and the beach.
Because we are not fashion photographers, we are used to relying on available light and unpredictable environments to make our photos, so this was actually right up our alley. We are very grateful that Doreen’s vision included us, and we had an absolute blast. Special thanks to her, models Diana and Roweleen, and makeup and hair artist Sebastine Pepler for making a perfect team.
Doreen will be updating her website with all the photos soon, but in the meantime, here is a selection of our favorites.
Laughter. That is Christine and Vik’s 3 day wedding celebration in Mexico summed up in one word. Nothing, not even when a rainy sky pushed their beach reception into one of the resort’s restaurants, could stop these two from having a good time. In fact, after a very wet Indian ceremony, they just took a dip in the pool, with Christine still in her very heavy sari.
The beautiful Dreams Riviera in Cancun played host to the multi-day affair, from the Vatna, where their enthusiastic guests smeared Vik with turmeric paste (mustard also found it’s way in there), to the Baraat, where Vik made his grand entrance on a horse. From start to finish, this wedding was an absolutely joy. We broke our record for the most photos we’ve ever taken and had the time of our lives.
The day after their wedding day (after Christine and Vik generously sent us to the spa for massages), we took a rocky ferry ride to Isla Mujeres for some portraits. We had suggested this location for its local Mexican feel, rocky cliffs, and proximity to Cancun, but having never been there ourselves, we were crossing our fingers that this location would be worth the trip… and it most certainly was!
Christine and Vik, we are so happy to have had the pleasure of documenting your epic wedding. We look forward to travelling to India with you sometime in the next few years!
As always, you can browse through our favorites above, and we invite you to take a look at their full slideshow by clicking HERE.
We are excited to announce our only group workshop of 2012, in the very cool city of Austin, Texas. Come hang out with us for two full days; it’s going to be intense, but it’s going to be a lot of fun! We’re covering everything from composition, lighting, creative shooting… to pricing, marketing, and even portfolio critiques.
Hope to see you there!
Click HERE for more information and/or to sign up.