Pop Art was an art movement that challenge traditional conventions of what art was. A nice piece of information to know, right? But you might be wondering why you just read this on a wedding blog.
This post was inspire by this photo. The couple featured broke with convention and were actually married in MOMA (Museum of Modern Art in New York City). Both bride and groom are artists; this is a great photo of the couple in front of Andy Warhol’s “Campbell Soup Cans”. It is fresh, fun and perfectly captures their wedding day.
When planning your engagement and wedding day photos we can take a few tips from this example and Pop Art in general. Pop art challenged traditional art by taking images and symbols from Americana and advertising and used them in a new, fresh way.
I challenge you to do the same. Put a little Pop (Art) into your engagement and wedding photos to create a fresh, new take on tradition. You can take a few common images and symbols from your setting or use them as props to fit any style.
Translate this simply with words and symbols.
Use fun props to proclaim your love for one another. Like in this playful engagement photo from 100layercake.com that uses a tissue paper heart held by the groom and a sign he has my heart held by the bride. A different take on your traditional engagement photo that might show the couple holding hands.
Take it a step further with this young love photo. The couple is literally going to do the math for you, using these whimsical plus, equals and heart symbols.
The same concept works well on your wedding day. Forgetmeknotweddings.com featured this photo of the groom shouting out his I love you to his bride via a word bubble sign.
And don’t forget all those thank you notes you’ll be writing after your honeymoon. Personalize thank yous by including a photo from your wedding day, with a handheld message from the newly married couple.
Location, Location, Location.
Find your little slice of Americana.
Like our “Campbell Soup” wedding photo use your location to set the tone for your engagement or wedding photo. A photo can say it all if you take the time to carefully consider both your photo shoot setting and a few fun elements to feature.
This Disneyland engagement photo shoot, featured on junebugweddings.com, captures the fun, playful nature of the couple. They used their location to set the tone of the photo shoot, while picking out a few key elements to feature. You don’t get much more Americana then Disneyland, featuring the enchanted castle and merry go-round.
Not every couple will be able to make it to Disneyland for a photo shoot; but that does not mean you can’t achieve the same type of photos. Get creative and think of what you have available locally? Maybe something you and your partner enjoy doing, a local bowling alley, arcade, fair or amusement park. You can’t help and smile at this couple caught in a kiss at the ice cream drive thru!
Or this photo shoot that captures a fun day at a fair or amusement park. Their love will rock you like a hurricane.
You can get a little Pop no matter what your wedding theme. Check out this newly wed couple posing at the barn doors full of vintage farm and advertising signs.
Mix it up and have fun. Your engagement and wedding photos are keepsakes you’ll always have and look back on. Make it memorable.