Brooklyn photographer Chellise Michael, who, with her husband Mike Busse, was one of our 30 Rising Stars in 2015, knows a thing or two about making unique wedding imagery. After all, she told us all about her nighttime ambient light techniques for engagement sessions, plus she’s the co-founder of Camp Go Away, a three-day retreat for up to 25 photographers and filmmakers that, according to the website, has the purpose of “reconnecting with our cameras and…experimenting with the unknown.”
So perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that her favorite images are taken when her clients allow her complete creative freedom, like in these photos she took for wedding dress designer Rebecca Schoneveld. “I’m not a ‘lookbook’ photographer, and [Rebecca] knows this,” Michael says. “I need lots of space, movement and spontaneity to feel good about the images I’m taking.”
For this shoot in Fort Tilden Beach, New York, Michael’s goal was to “bring back memories of three girls on a beach having a great time. No big production, no big team, just freedom to experiment and create some magic for Rebecca’s line, and to give me something to be proud of.” (Images were shot using a Canon Mark III and Sigma 3mm lens.)
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