If you’re anything like me, you’ve seen your share of engagement photos — since literally every friend you’ve ever had is now married. You’ve marveled at the subtly coordinated outfits and soft focus. You’ve longed to live in these sun-dappled worlds, where the light is always beautiful, peaking through the lush trees. And boy, that couple. They are either really happy or really good at faking it, because your natural impulse when commenting on Instagram is to type, “LOVE THESE! LOVE YOU TWO!”
The problem is, except for a few, far-too-rare cases, the sessions all blur together (except this one, which was an accidental win). (And these hilarious photo-shops!) (And obviously the famous Bill Murray engagement photo-bombs!) Still, those are exceptions — most of the time engagement photos feel like they’re lacking that fresh factor.
Which explains why it made me happy to see Baltimore photographer Nessa Kessinger playing with the form. A recent nostalgia-overloaded session was full of recreations of some of my favorite TV shows and films — October’s favorite family movie The Addams Family Values and the binge-watch-from-the-first-episode-Netflix original, Stranger Things. There were also scenes from, Wet Hot American Summer, Friday the 13th, The Blair Witch Project, and Wes Anderson’s most Wes Anderson-y film, Moonrise Kingdom.
This week, I chatted with Kessinger about her unique photo shoot with a creative pair of theatre-grads (you don’t say?), Nick and Ash.