Sean & Emma | Movie inspired enagagement shoot | In the mood for Love

I received a very odd request from Sean & Emma for their engagement shoot. They told me they didn’t want to smile and they wanted to look moody.

They watched the movie “In the Mood for Love” directed by Wong Kar Wai and they loved the sad, dramatic moody tension between the couple and they wanted to capture this on camera.

The movie itself is based on not having a having a love affair. It’s by far one of the most beautiful cinematic experiences I’ve ever had and there is so much chemistry and romantic tension between the couple though they never express how they feel. There is something dramatically beautiful about a love that cannot be expressed or conceived (yes that’s the feminine gene coming out!).

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A modern love affair

We decided to do a modern take on the movie and explore the emotions that come with having (or almost having) an affairanger, regret, sadness, shame, fear, loneliness. These emotions are the flip side of romantic love and often are the ones that are deeply rooted into our subconscious.

What I love most about this shoot is that Sean & Emma had a love story they wanted tell. It didn’t need to make sense to the world. For whatever reason they felt compelled to tell a story of deep longing love and they did it so beautifully. They were willing to express the emotions other people hide.

As a result the photo shoot turned out to be more like stills from a movie. My only regret is not capturing these scenes on video. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

PUBLISHED: This photographic love story, was featured on ‘OMG I’m Getting Married’ wedding blog.

I had to put a least one smiling photo in so you can see how pretty Emma’s smile is 🙂


ps. If you would like to know about the creative process, please check out the video below 🙂

The inspiration behind Sean & Emma’s Photographic Love Story (engagement shoot) from thaoski on Vimeo.

Photographer: Darren Wong

Art Director: Thao Dang

Location: Guoman Hotel, Marble Arch, London

Special thanks to assistants code named MiniBear & A1.

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10 Responses to “Sean & Emma | Movie inspired enagagement shoot | In the mood for Love”
  1. kristin jade says:

    it’s like a burberry ad!

  2. Kristie West says:

    These pictures are beautiful and heartbreaking. Loving the blog. Keep it up!

  3. glam says:

    Love it! Well done guys!! Very movie like! Although I do like the last pic the best 🙂 the one with the smile

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