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BTS: An Incredible Period Drama Engagement Session Shot With $100k Worth of Gear

By Hanssie on September 24th 2014

We’ve seen some pretty creative engagement photo shoots around here. From Friday the 13th themed to Breaking Bad to helicopter video save-the-date shoots, couples are wanting something different than the matching white t-shirt and blue jeans on the beach engagement sessions (and thank goodness!)

One of my favorite things as a photographer is to have my clients want to take their engagement session to the next level creatively. It pushes me to think outside of the box as a photographer and come up with new ideas. Getting out of the typical shooting norm is always a good idea, so that’s why the following engagement session caught my eye.


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This engagement session had a cast of 20, used $100k worth of gear, full costuming and props in the middle of historic London. Cue the BBC music, please. Shot by photographer Simeon Quarrie, this was one of his largest endeavors yet. Reminiscent of a movie set, this period drama photoshoot was something that Simon had wanted to do for a long time. His couple, Jags and Kiran had mentioned that they wanted something different and Simeon understood that what the couple wanted was an experience. So, Simeon pitched a time travel themed shoot for their engagement photos and the couple loved the idea.

The video below is a behind the scenes look at the making of this period drama photo shoot. I love watching other photographers work and watching Simeon and his attention to detail is pretty inspiring. From the planning of the entire shoot to the directing of the models, the steps of the process is fascinating to see. The 13 minute video will whet your appetite to go out and create something unique. Check it out!

*A highlight of the video for me is at the 8:00 minute mark, where Simeon is explaining how his 1-Dx fires off at 12fps and starts firing off. It made me laugh. *

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It definitely looks like an experience that his clients will never forget! To read more about Simeon’s thoughts behind the concept, check out the description on the vimeo page. To see more of Simeon Quarrie’s work, check out his website.

[Via Picture Correct/Simeon Quarrie/Vimeo]

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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. Scott Pacaldo

    Awesome article and bts video. It’s always nice to see a photographer doing his work. You will really learn a lot just by watching. Also,(unrelated) he sounded like Giovanni Giorgio in that DaftPunk track “Giorgio by Moroder”

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  2. Dre Rolle

    L’est incroyable. From concept to final product these guys had it down packed. It’s things like this that show that there are only limitations to what you can do if you set them. Granted he had 100k, but he probably could have done it with any budget if he wanted to. Loved the bts.

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  3. Anthony McFarlane

    What a great shoot! That 1dx cracked me up also!

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  4. Anders Madsen

    This is why no amounts of online tutorial will make you a professional photographer. No matter how technically good you are with your gear, the logistics and financial aspects of a shoot like that can make or break you, and need to be experienced, not taught.

    Mad props to Simon, this must definitely have been a beast to wrestle. :)

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