Cynthia & Michael’s Retro Coney Island Love Session
Today I have a unique and utterly beautiful photo session /day-after shoot to share with you. Cynthia and Michael had just eloped and they wanted portraits to celebrate their marriage, and what STUNNING portraits they are!
This is just a taste of the gorgeousness you’ll find when you scroll down. It’s no secret that I love the artful and cinematic work of Weak at the Knees NYC‘s Sophie and Bobby (who you might remember gave us the retrotastic Mad Men inspired shoot you saw here a few months ago) so I’m thrilled that I can showcase their work again:
Cynthia and Michael are two amazing actors from NYC who have recently eloped, and wanted some hip and memorable portraits to commemorate their marriage, and be able to share the occasion with their family and friends. Coney Island is amazing in the spring, when everything is still closed and deserted, before it opens to its full summertime glory. We love the epic architecture of the old rides, and the cool typography and graphics. When the park is still closed and the boardwalk is empty, like so many of these grand, east coast shore towns of the past, it feels like time has stood still, and you can really imagine what it must have felt like to experience Coney Island in its heyday. We hope that you’ll love the vintage-y feel of this shoot! Cynthia wore a 1940s dress and pumps she found at a consignment shop, and Michael topped off his suit with an old wool fedora. Coney Island, with its many eccentricities, truly matched Cynthia and Michael’s style and personality – fun, energetic, creative, and romantic.
To match the retro Coney Island feel, all of the black and white photos were shot on Ilford XP2 Super 400 in our vintage Olympus RC35, and the silhouettes in the alley and “Wonder Wheel” sign were shot on Fuji NPS 160 color film in our Canon AE-1.
I love the fact that Sophie & Bobby combines the use of real vintage film with high-end digital format in their shoots. The result is striking as you will find out in a bit!
How fortunate to have the place all to themselves! Here’s Michael to tell us the story behind the love session:
Our families are spread over the continental US like a drunk dart player, so as you may imagine it is difficult to get everyone at the same place at the same time. After months of trying to wrangle a time and place from thirty-four (thousand) relatives, Cynthia and I dropped everything and went to the Bronx County Courthouse. Best. Day. Ever.
The photo shoot was a culmination of wanting to symbolize the ceremony, advertising to friends and relatives, and sharing our love with one another by way of more permanent memories. We met with Bobby and Sophie, and instantly knew they would be the perfect choice to make a record of us. We wanted to do something fun yet rustic-looking, and Coney Island was a brilliant choice. I had a suit nearly as old as me, and Cynthia found this great vintage dress at a thrift store. Let the commemorations begin!
Are you loving the imagery as much as I am? The photos have a fantastic, almost surreal quality reminiscent of vintage posters from the rocket age.
In love with this shot. I think it totally defines who they are!
Let’s get to know the ravishing twosome a little better. Michael’s back to share the story of how they met:
Cynthia and I met at Carnegie Hall. She had just moved back to New York City from Los Angeles, and I had newly arrived a few months before. We are both actors, but I mainly work in film and TV; and since she focuses primarily on stage, I asked her to “help me choose monologues” as a sort-of ice breaker. When I arrived, she had prepared no fewer than twelve different pieces for me. The joke was on me! We had a very professional meeting, and at the end I kissed her on the cheek as thanks. Only then did she realize my ulterior motives. After that we had an official first date, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. That was four years ago.
What a spectacular shot! Just add titles and BAM, you’ve got yourself a movie poster.
Love, love, love this shoot. Thank you Sophie and Bobby for sharing your awesome photos with us again, and congratulations Cynthia and Michael! I wish you both a lifetime of married bliss.
Photography: Bobby & Sophie of Weak at the Knees NYC
Location: Coney Island, Brooklyn New York