Hi guys! I did it! I shot something new! Look guys, look! I’m really back!
Hehehe…! Oh, and it feels so good.
One of my best buddies, Linden Valentine (who you see plastered all over this blog) asked me to shoot his engagement shoot to the loveliest person ever, Katie Avalanche. Knowing Linden, I knew there was a curve ball. Wait for it….
COSPLAY ENGAGEMENT. YUSSSSSSS. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate engagement shoot for Linden and Kate. I love shooting cosplay, so of course, I was PUMPED. Weeee!~
Because Linden & Kate live in New York, scheduling shoots with them is always tricky. We scheduled the shoot for earrrrlyyy on MLK because they were driving from Charlotte, NC to New York (shewww~ no thank you!) and could take a pit stop to see me and shoot in Raleigh along the way.
Of course, I responsibly got a ton of sleep and was super rested when Kate and Linden arrived…
Once Linden and Kate arrived, it was time to start getting ready for the shoot! Because they were cosplaying a podcast that I wasn’t familiar with (Welcome to Night Vale), I asked them to tell me the story so I could understand the characters. When shooting cosplay, I try to do my part to bring the characters to life through their posing and photos.
I am not even going to try to explain what the radio show is about, so have this description from their website instead:
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Turn on your radio and hide.
BTW- You can listen to all of the podcasts here.
Kate would be cosplaying Cecil, the Night Vale local and narrator of the show, and Linden would be cosplaying Carlos, a scientist who comes to Night Vale to study all the strange occurrences that happen in the town. In the show, there is a scene where Cecil and Carlos are sitting on the hood of a Prius under an Arby’s sign, which we decided would be a perfect location for this shoot. It is also extremely convenient that I drive a Prius, hehehe ;D
One of my favorite parts of shooting is getting ready before the shoot. I love hanging out with my friends that I don’t see very often and during makeup is one of the best times to chat! Since Carlos is described as a Latino scientist with “dark and delicate skin, black hair with a dignified, if premature, touch of gray at his temples,” Linden needed an insta-tan to get all dark and delicate. Watching Kate smear foundation on him was HIGHLY ENTERTAINING. I do not envy him having to scrub all of that off lolol… Reason #243916 why I don’t cover my tattoos for cosplay.
Time to gather my equipment and head to Arby’s!
I am going to save all of my Behind the Scenes photos for the end, because this series tells a story and I would hate to interrupt it! Here we gooooo~
Cosplayers: Koala and Bear
Cecil: Katie Avalanche
Carlos: Linden Valentine
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
How cuteeeeeeeee are theyyyyyyyyyyy???????
Shooting with Alexa x Linden x Kate does not come without some ridiculous moments and unforgettable laughs. Here are a few of my favorite highlights:
The constant battle against the wind that Linden’s luscious hair was constantly losing. Cue infuriated Linden.
Linden’s very “serious” proposal. I should mention that he was a big cry baby about the concrete + knee situation, so I generously gave him a bag of unpopped popcorn and pajama pants to rest his little princess knees on. I think the fact that I had a bag of popcorn and pajamas laying around in my car probably reveals a bit too much about my lifestyle.
When Linden kissed Kate and his “dark and delicate skin” & facial hair rubbed off on her face, hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
And whatever the hell this is:
I think I should also probably mention that I am 90% sure that we may or may not have caused a minor car accident because we are just a silly looking group of people doing unusual things. Most people aren’t accustomed to seeing a pink-headed Alexa-monster leading a photoshoot in an Arby’s parking lot. PSA: Friends don’t let friends watch photoshoots and drive.
So, I’m sorry if this was you. Keep your eyes on the road next time!
After we finished shooting, we went inside to see the excited Arby’s employees (they loved watching our shoot!) and to chow down on some delicious fast food. #modeldiet
And finally, a group shot after a job well done! ☺
See more of my shoots with Kate & Linden (aka Koala & Bear Cosplay) here:
From all of us, congratulations Kate and Linden!! We love you and are so excited for your future together!!~ xoxoxoxo
Meet Frances and Joey. They are a seriously awesome couple with a lot of really great and fun ideas. Frances’ sister, Francheska, has been a great friend of mine for many years so it was really cool to finally be able to spend some time with Frances as well. Her fiance, Joey, is hysterical. I had a great time kicking it with these two a few weeks ago.
Their first idea was to do a boxing scene. Joey is a big fan of boxing… here is how it played out.
But he is a great sport 🙂
So off to the park for a picnic! Unfortunately, we got caught in a rainstorm so we took shelter in this covered area, which actually turned out to be really cool. The air was extremely muggy and foggy so while we were waiting for the storm to stop, we snapped off a few other pics that turned out to be some of my favorites from the day. I love the hazy effect at the top of the screen from the weather on my lens.
Teeny and Itsy. Hehe!
Finally! The storm stopped!
The number 1 image of the day… drum roll please!
Haaaahaha Teeny and Itsy! I love this one!
What a perfectly sweet couple. 🙂
Jessica and Joe! Jess is a good friend of mine and when she asked me to shoot her engagement session with Joe, I could not have been happier for an excuse to hang out! She’s such a sweetheart! And while Joe wasn’t a fan of getting his picture taken, I think deep down he had a little bit of fun 🙂
I love Joe’s expression in this one! I have a similar one where he is looking but this just looks so much sweeter and sincere… hehe…
The whole family! Too cute!!! Love all those little feets. Blaze is their pit who is the cutest thing in the world.
And that’s the story of Jess and Joe! They are getting married in Vegas next year… Best of luck you two!!
Meet Katy + Andrew.
Perfect couple, huh?
We had a killer vintage outdoors engagement session the other weekend when I was in Wilmington for Dede + Josh’s wedding. A weekend full of loooove. 😉 Seriously, could they be any more perfect?
We began in Wilmington, NC where we started by doing the downtown photo circle and then went to play in the sunflower fields. I love how these sunflower photos turned out.. Just like I imagined when we were planning this shoot!
Then we headed out to Ft. Fisher, NC! This beautiful location cannot be matched by anywhere in Eastern NC, in my opinion.
Katy + Andrew played off of each other so well. I love when couples interact naturally! They had so much fun and it just shines in their photos.. Look how cute!!!
They were having too much fun! Whoa!
Tug-of-war on the spine. He’s a chiropractor. Just for some backstory on that one haha.. Definitely the most interesting item I have ever had a couple bring to their session!!! How creative!
Then we headed over to the beach to knock out a vintage beach date. Love these, too! I just love this whole session basically. Wrapped up the day with a sweet silhouette….
I enjoyed working with Katy + Andrew so much.. I hope to work with them again soon and of course, I wish them the best of luck!!
Ft. Fisher, NC
Scott & Christina!
A mutual friend, Jim Graziano of snapWerx commercial photography, hooked me up with this perfect little couple! After a day of SNOW (????!) in Davidson, I feared that this engagement session would have to be rescheduled.. On the contrary, we could not have asked for more perfect weather! It was cold, but it is December, so what do you expect?
What charming smiles these two have!!!
^^ This series is too sweet!
We had a gorgeous sunset tonight.. Did anyone else catch it? Wow..! Romantic…
Heyyy guys! I am finally getting back in the swing of things here after my move to Charlotte, NC. I am posting way out of order here by posting Andres and Jessica’s engagement photos from today, but I really love these and wanted to get them up asap! Photos you can look forward to in the future are vacation pics from Niagara Falls (SO FUN!), LaCarter family photos, and beautiful house for sale! BUT for now… Introducing.. Andres and Jessica!!!
I was so thrilled when actor Chance Kelley and his fiancé, Sarah Witt, came to me with ideas for a vintage themed engagement session. Totally digging the aged film look and would love to do more stuff like this!! They are so freaking adorable and perfect for each other, it makes me sick!