Floral Couture with Abby Chick + Harrisonburg Harlots

Disclaimer: There's nipples in this post.

Since I've started dipping my toes into the world of fine art wedding photography, I've been head-over-heels in love with this idea of collaborating with other vendors in the industry, and nothing short of impressed every single time. I think it's safe to say that I haven't worked with a single vendor who wasn't completely dedicated to their craft of delivering the best product or service that they can to their clients every single time.

That product or service always involves something very beautiful, and that leaves me a very happy photographer.

However, every once in a blue moon, I come across another creative who isn't satisfied with creating something that is simply very beautiful, and on those rare occasions my artistic heart just melts into a sappy puddle and an instant bond is formed.

“Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

This collaboration is a love story between Abby Chick (who runs Blakemore's Flowers), the Harrisonburg Harlots (a burlesque group run by Sindi Ray Boustier), and me. Obvi.

Abby and I both work best without a lot of restrictions or parameters, so our planning for this shoot pretty much consisted of us giving a vague description of what we had in mind, and then instantly being like "SAY NO MORE, I GOT YOU GIRL". And then we kind of just left it at that for a few months until I drove into town for the shoot, at which point I was like "Oh yeah, should we discuss the details a little more? no? Okay, let's shoot"

I'm sure the Harrisonburg Harlots were just like .. wtf are these girls going to do to us... but they were amazing sports about the entire thing, and I can't imagine a more perfect set of women to model for us and bring this vision to life!

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Our instructions were vague because we really couldn't them much guidance beforehand. Basically, Abby came up with a few general ideas and made a few structures out of wire, but she couldn't assemble anything until she met the girls, so she could fit each piece specifically to their bodies. [And in retrospect, these wire cages could have been fitted ahead of time, but I live 4 hours away and we've got all shit to do, so we didn't]

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