THE BIRD & THE BEAR | This Is How You Rock a Field Shoot, SON. | By Feather & Twine Photography

(little intro addendum before I get into it…) it happened.  Again.  I can hardly believe it.  In just over a year of living here, we’ve now had four couples break up on the sidewalk under our window sill.  I don’t know why this is happening, but I’m going to assume it has less to do with some kind of bad luck we may be spraying onto pedestrians from our window, and more to do, possibly, with the safety our block offers people who might feel a need to go insane and run around and yell and scream and cry and collapse and run around and yell again.  We have a pretty safe block, car-wise.  But anyway, it breaks my heart when couples come to verbal fisticuffs, it really does.  But one request of the next couple who decides to have it out on our avenue… can you please NOT do it between 12 and 3am?  The yelling, you guys.  I mean.  It’s like– do you HAVE to yell at one another, and for a full two hours?  Especially when it’s this?–

“NO don’t tell me I’m a f**king child and that I should go home!!  I’ll be 18 in TWO DAYS!!!!  Don’t tell me I’m a f**king CHILD!!!!”

That quote from the girlfriend outside would be hilarious if it wasn’t so darn stupid and sad.  Also, I yell for one minute and I completely lose my voice; I don’t get how you keep going, but I do know enough to know that yelling is the last thing that’s going to help your relationship.  Sigh.  Whatever, I’m just super tired from not sleeping last night as a result.  Plus, I’m one of those people who feels other people’s energies, so I’m flatlining a little today.  It is what it is I guess.  Aright sorries, back to your regularly scheduled blogramming….

Hey guyyyyys :)  Wussup, how’s it hangin.  Having a good day?  I hope so, I truly do.

Ok now that I’ve buttered you up… I’ve been thinking recently that I could use some new songs in my line up– I’m wondering if you might have any suggestions for artists, songs or albums that you think I should give a try?  (Even if you think I might have heard them already ’cause who knows.  I could be like, Adele who?)  So hit me with your best shots, thanks.  So that I can NOT go and obtain them illegally.  (In all seriousness though I really do pay top dollar for every song I download, partially because I have a relative in the music business tryina make a dolla, but more partially because I honestly have NFI how to get it any other way than through iTunes.

Aright, so.  As you probably know, it’s Wednesday afternoon.  And the mood, I think it feels pretty right… for an outdoor pillow fight <== RHYMING WIN.  Do you agree?  So I would like to proceed with hitting you with my best shot, to repay the favor.  So, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, a romantic outdoor pillow fight in bed.  NO NO NO, not like that.

I’m assuming you were thinking girl-on-girl seksuelle pillow fighting action with tube socks and lip gloss**.  Which means I generally err on the side of believing all of you are deeply perverted, clearly.  Or I’m deeply perverted, and I’m just projecting it onto and shaming you for what is in fact my own major malfunction.  NONE OF THAT MATTERS, what I’ve got here is a thousand times better than anything you (I) could possibly be imagining.

Oh, and by the way, Feather & Twine Photography‘s  Kelsey Newkham is the responsible party for sending over this shoot and I believe my precise reaction to it was: *JAW DROPS* * pushes jaw up with finger to close mouth*

Sooooo, yeah.  They’re that awesome.  They’re better than anything I’ve seen today and I see a lotta great s**t.  I mean, I DO have a Pinterest account, so you understand, that that’s saying something.

Here’s a little backstory, and some helpful insight into how they put together this shoot!  All from Kelsey herself…

Caryn & Bryan are a kind and incredibly adventurous couple. They live in Austin and love hiking (Bryan actually proposed to Caryn on a hiking excursion)! Bryan is a videographer and Caryn is a photographer, so when they met they joined forces for Love Caryn Photography. With all of that adventuring, they also love to spend all day in bed watching movies and relaxing, which was perfect for their styled engagement session!! In addition to all of that cuteness, Bryan calls Caryn “his bird” and Caryn calls Bryan “her bear”, so they brought their favorite bird and bear themed coffee table books from their home so we could add it in to the shoot. As the photographer, I was inspired to keep the session light and airy, as well as full of laughter and romance. We pulled the bed in the middle of the field to create a whimsical stage. Caryn and Bryan also LOVE vintage washes so the whole session has a streamlined edit that is light and pastel. Their wedding colors are blush and champagne, mixed with pastels, so we kept the colors soft and added classic novels (since they also plan to incorporate vintage books at the wedding)! Caryn and Bryan will be tying the knot in March at a Mayfield Park in Austin, TX.

I had the idea of putting the bed in the middle of a field with feathers for over a year, but didn’t ever have the resources available to me, so I just decided to go for it! Luckily, my cousin donated an old bed she had (which was the only thing missing), I used bedding from my house and bought some feathers to throw around! We kept the shoot light and fun, we brought music and let Caryn and Bryan pretty much go crazy hitting each other with the pillows! While shooting, I had my assistant throw feathers at them off in the corner to show the movement of the wind. They really like Tilt Shift photography, so I shot with a 45mm tilt shift (and threw in some film frames) which gave everything the blurry, whimsical feel that I wanted. I wanted the vibe to be really relaxed and carefree with a lot of movement, because that’s the feeling I got from Caryn and Bryan’s relationship!


1) Do you love?  And…

2) … might you have any song suggestions for me?  I would be oh so grateful!  I’ve been absorbing an IV drip of Rihanna, John Mayer and Jason Mraz recently and I don’t want anything to lose its value to me.  I tend to listen to songs on repeat.  Like, 4 times in a row if I’m really liking it.  This always screws me in the end because I end up positively hating the song within a week.  But I seem to have zero ability to delay satisfaction.  IT IS TERRIBLAY.

P.S. – you guys.  YOU GUYS.  This shoot is seriously my fave of the month.  How FAB is this???  I no joke want to run into Central Park with a futon mattress, grab some geese and start wailing on Honey with them in a flurry of goose slaps and uppercuts and the like and so on.

P.P.S. – I would never start pummeling Honey with the living body of a goose, you know me better than that.  So NO letters.  (I love saying that; makes me feel like Oprah.)

xoxo  - Alison

Photography: Feather & Twine Photography / Submitted via: Two Bright Lights

**FOOTNOTE: this girl is super rocking this pillow fight better than I ever could.  Because give me ripped-open feather stuffed pillows and lip gloss and I’ll give you allergy eyes and a mouth full of feathers every time.  (… I promise you, it isn’t as sexy as you’re imagining it.  Yes that’s right, it’s even less sexy than “not at all sexy.”)

P.P.P.S. – yes I know that P.S.’s go AFTER you sign off.  But I walk my own path ARIGHT?  Aright.  Also, love you :)

Label(s): Grey, Pink, {Engagement}

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  1. Lena on May 2, 2012

    This shoot makes me all kinds of happy, but my favorite detail–girl’s got a ring from the same wonderful jeweler as me! My heart pitter-pattered at the ring, and then at this ridiculous boudoir meets field business, which is the best of all the worlds, as far as I’m concerned.

    Now just print out a few of these images and let them flutter down when couple No. 5 starts screaming…

  2. Amanda on May 2, 2012

    These photos are AHmazing and I totally love how she keeps the glamour with her hair and lip-gloss, feathers and all because I would be a hot mess. So yes, love love the shoot!

  3. Sara on May 2, 2012

    This photographer did such a wonderful job! Spectacular job capturing the moment and the emotions. Also such exceptional creativity!

  4. Shulie on May 2, 2012

    I kept scrolling and scrolling.. and never wanted this to end! Love this engagement shoot… it’s so … warm. I feel like their love just oozes through the lens… Love it. Thanks again, Alison!

  5. Steph on May 2, 2012

    So out of the music loop too, so I was hoping to grab up some song suggestions, but since no one has had any yet I’ll give you one. “This is the Song (good luck)” by Punch Brothers. Hope you like it, not sure if anyone will, but it reminded me of the couples under your window, while also being a great song.

    Love the bed shoot- wish I had the guts to do something like that, but all I can imagine is explaining to my grandma, “well it’s a bed because…well, grandma us modern couples…” or “pillow fights mean we love each other, really” though more likely, “Just because the bed is in the middle of the field does not make us look homeless, Grandma”

    …still loving the feathers. so pretty.

  6. Ashley Orwitz on May 2, 2012

    So cute!! Disappointed that there aren’t twice as many from this shoot ;).

    But overall, these are amazing. Still can’t get over those feathers…

  7. Casey on May 2, 2012

    I love how sweet this shoot is. And how, somehow, the pics on the bed look so romantic and appropriate and not super sexxxual, like I’m not intruding into a super special time. Music suggestions that you might have already heard of? I really like Sia (her ballads, daaaaaaang!) also Marina and the Diamonds.

  8. Maire on May 3, 2012

    Music for you! I am beyond in love with:
    The Carolina Chocolate Drops
    Mumford and Sons
    Avett Brothers
    Punch Brothers
    Civil Wars
    The Decembrists
    Alison Krauss
    and a little Siouxsie and the Banshees just for good measure.
    That is all.

  9. love flickrs on May 3, 2012

    This is great! The photographer have kept the mood of the photos across every single frame! Good one!

  10. LOVE! This is a brilliant idea! Fabooshness!

  11. Catherine on May 3, 2012

    Firstly, amazing shoot. And I want her hair.

    Secondly, try Gavin Creel. Broadway actor who writes his own stuff and has two albums on iTunes. Goodtimenation is more rock-ish and the equally awesome Quiet is more acoustic. He’s just really good and a super nice guy into the bargain.

  12. Wedding Flowers Co. on May 3, 2012

    amazing pictures, very romantic and personal love her outfit and make up! congrats!

  13. Janna Lee on May 3, 2012

    I love this shoot and it borders on the ideas I have for our own. We spent our vacations together in hotel rooms, ordering food in and for the most part just hanging out watching movies and tv…he was in the military so when we go our time he was tired and I just wanted to see him so we’d meet in Colorado where he was based and just spend a week at a time or long weekend doing this. Now, we do it when life gets too hectic to remind us :-) I like the idea of feathers and jumping on the bed!

  14. Rachel on May 4, 2012

    Love love love this photoshoot. I’m trying to figure out how to convince gian that we need a bed and a pillow fight for our engagement photos!! You should give Jamie Cullum a try. He’s amahzing!

  15. I love everything about this shoot! From the setting to the feathers. Nicely done!

  16. Sarah {A Paper Proposal} on May 9, 2012

    Aw, I love it! The shoot is like a scene from a romantic comedy. LOVE Kelsey’s work; she has such a knack for setting the stage, and capturing the moments in just the right way.

  17. Woa! That’s us! I had no idea we were going to be featured… But quite the aptly named post, lady! We are actually no longer Love Caryn Photography and are, in fact, The Bird & The Bear | Photography & Films!

  18. Cassandra Eldridge on May 31, 2012

    OH MY HOLY HELL.. I am in love with this!!!

  19. Elaine on September 6, 2012

    the best engagement shoot EVER!!

  20. CuriousNoggin on September 18, 2012

    This was a gorgeously fun photo shoot!

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