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A Behind the Scenes Look At a Star Wars Themed Engagement Shoot

By Hanssie on August 15th 2015

We’ve seen some very creative and different engagement sessions through the years – from the funeral directors with a coffin, a session with an extensive period drama setup, to a Breaking Bad themed shoot and the ever romantic Friday the 13th engagement session. Couples are thinking more and more outside of the box when it comes to their engagement photos and finding something specifically to fit their personalities as a couple, which makes things fun for a photographer.

Screenshot from video

Screenshot from video

Texas-based photographer Daniel Grove dreamt of shooting a Star Wars-themed engagement session and one day, as he was discussing a CGI Light Saber image on his page, he mentioned it to someone on Facebook who jumped on the idea. To put together the caliber of shoot that Daniel was envisioning took a bit of work and quite a bit of planning, but a few months later, Daniel and his clients, some assistants and “bad guys” met for the shoot you see in the video below.  Daniel wanted the couple, not to be fighting each other (as he never thought it made sense that the engaged couple would be battling it out against each other with light sabers), but to fight together against common enemies. The team created a storyboard sequence and made the entire session into a mini comic book.

Watch the behind the scenes video that shows some of the rendering of the light sabers and other special CGI effects.

To see the actual photos from the shoot, check out Daniel’s blog here.

[Via Daniel Grove/ISO1200]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Ralph Hightower

    My first date with the woman that became my wife was a movie date at the first Star Wars movie in 1977. We became fans of Star Wars then.
    This looked to be a fun photo shoot! The hologram which I saw reversed with “?EM YRRAM” was great! Our wedding was low budget, just parents and her surviving grandmother. But CGI in 1977 was in the realm of major movie studios and not common place.

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  2. James O

    I can’t imagine spending so much time on this in post…. this is not something I’d want to take on.

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    • Daniel Grove

      Yes it was a lot of post work probably 10-20 hours worth but it was my first time doing this other than a wedding I did a few CGI saber pics in. I charged my full price which at the time was one of my higher paying shoots but it became a labor of love because I knew I was paving some new ground and making something I’d be proud of and that would get my name out there. And here I am featured on about 5 sites like this one and two local news stations in San Antonio Texas! Since then I’ve done a few more specialty portraits at weddings like this and it’s a hit.

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    • Daniel Grove

      Thanks everyone for the kind words, and SLRLounge for featuring me. I was recently featured on the local news stations for my unique Star Wars work on wedding portraits and this shoot as well. If you want to see more go to my page at where you can also see a new behind the scenes video of a recent wedding.

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  3. Peter Nord

    Getting married ought to be fun. There will be enough real life in the future.

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    the force is strong with these two.

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  5. Lester Terry

    Impressive……..most impressive.

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