Back to the Future Themed Engagement

“Great Scott!” said Nicole when she first saw him dressed as a scient– I mean, a blacksmith from 1885. This styled shoot began, honestly, because I wanted to see these two climb on the outside of a steam locomotive. And how! Back to the Future is one of my all time favorite science fiction stories. No one’s ever style a photo shoot in this theme quite like this before, so this had to be done. The scientific-romantic relationship between Doc Brown and Clara Clayton is one of my favorite things about the BTTF trilogy, second to challenging myself to think fourth dimensionally. Watching the movie one day, I considered how fantastic it would be to re-create shots and scenes from the movie in which a portrait couple might express themselves and go on their own wild west adventure for an engagement session. Scott and Nicole were amazing and totally into it. We had so much fun, littering the set with movie lines and some pretty fair stunts to boot. I think that hover board shot may be one of my crowning achievements.

If you’re a camera shy nerd, but a fantasy adventure sounds exciting, a styled session like this is for you! My goal with this project is to encourage the authenticity of relationships through adventure, and to promote something different and more fun and expressive in portraiture. As engagement portraits go, no it’s not traditional… it’s epic. And the whole experience sure is much more than just taking photos.

Don’t worry, this train was not on real train tracks, this is a railroad museum. I do not promote photography on real train tracks as train danger is real; I always dissuade my clients and models from uncontrolled train situations. Vendor credits below.

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Venue: Musuem of Transportation, St. Louis, MO

Scott’s attire: The Vintage Haberdashery

Nicole’s attire: Victorian

Hair/Makeup: Elegance Salon, MaRissa Ward

Floral: Flowers and Weeds

Art Direction: Amanda Kar

KC Union Station Retro Train Portrait Typewriter CameraManda Marie Kar

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