I came across this shoot online recently and I just about died and went to Bali… I mean heaven. Truth – I spent way too much time looking at someone else’s honeymoon photos; but how could I not?!?! Julian Wainwright was asked by the darling Texas couple, Danna & Brian, to accompany them for a day of the honeymoon in Bali. Tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Danna and Brian were wed at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas and selected a spot close to home so they could take an extended three-week honeymoon, just the two of them.
Julian toured the region with the newlyweds and captured some amazing images of not only bride and groom, but the culture they got to experience along the way. This stop was a visit to the morning market in Ubud. 6:30am call time to capture this gorgeous light! Julian described this shoot as “an experiential, or activity-based shoot, rather than the traditional posed photo shoot.” And that it was! The couple even partook in a holy water purification ceremony at Tampak Siring Temple. Wow. And wow. What an experience! Probably not a traditional honeymoon activity, but likely that much more special for the two.Then it was off to a traditional Balinese healer called a Dukun, on the outskirts of Ubud. The bride tells us, ” We had been looking forward to our honeymoon in Bali as much as the wedding its self – and just about the same amount of planning had been put in to it. It was an opportunity of a lifetime and we wanted someone who understood the significance to be there to capture the “moments” of the two of us experiencing this together. It was so unbelievably fun. I wouldn’t change the experience for anything and recommend it as a “must-do” for anyone going on their honeymoon. “ The colors are absolutely delicious! And this adventuresome pair even found some friends to monkey around with in the Monkey Forest!
We asked Julian about this shoot, and others like it – since the idea is fairly new in the wedding scene. Here’s what Julian had to say, “Couples are in that relaxed post-wedding mode, which is a great frame of mind to be in to make memorable pictures. It’s also a great opportunity for couples to create images in an exotic location that also will have meaning for them down the road. Why not book a day with a photographer while you’re food tasting in Italy, zip-lining in Laos, jungle trekking in Costa Rica or on safari in Kenya? I think activity-based or “experiential” photo shoots are a great alternative to traditional portrait shoots (though I like to mix the two). I’ve got a photojournalism background, so my preference is for documentary photography, with a touch of creativity. I would love to see honeymoon photo shoots pickup in popularity.”
Looks like they had a fantastic honeymoon (and the photos to prove it)! Congratulations Danna & Brian!
Destination Wedding Photographer: Julian Abram Wainwright Wedding Photography