Couple Impersonates Bears During Engagement Shoot; Survives To Tell Story. | By The Bird & The Bear

Happy Thursday afternoon, yous guys.  First, I feel like it would be rude of me to just start blogging without thanking you for all the really kind words about that whole lady parts post I shared this week.  Means a lot, soo…. thanks.  Really.  You’re all officially number one on my speed dial.

Besos to your facos. B)

Okie dokie.  Here’s what’s going down rizzight nizzow (FYI: I’m currently wrapping up my Bachelorette recap so I’m super into giving away at the beginning EXACTLY what’s going to transpire during the episode by teasing it before it unfolds, and therefore ruining it): I’m gonna address a burning Bambino question (talk about a poor choice of words but a fully legit alliteration), and then we’re going to address one of the raddest shoots ever, submitted by The Bird & The Bear.  We’re also going to address why it’s so rad, imho.

Somebody asked me recently what Bambino does during those times I catch him staring at himself in the mirror.  I think they asked, ” does he sit and admire his handsome self?”

I’ve been meaning to answer that question and what better time than now.  So… no, he doesn’t.  He does the opposite– he stays perfectly silent, stares deep into his own eyes, and then, when his reflection is least expecting it, he yells at himself to scare his own likeness off… and then proceeds to condense his entire body into a thick, round, densely gathered mass of fear and agility which he then uses to run the f**k away from his own image.

… This is my dog.  There are many like it, but this one is mine.  *wipes away tears of pride*

Ok.  Here we go, you guys.  I’m so excited.  What’s about to unfold is pretty much an adult version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, except Goldilocks IS one of the bears, and there are only two bears and actually “Adult” version doesn’t sound very tasteful so you know what scratch all of that.  Here’s a good idea! ==> I’mma stop talking.

Here’s the background on why and how this shoot came to be — and the reason I find it to be so rad — from their stellar photog Caryn of The Bird & The Bear:

This engagement session has been one of my favorites this year. Megan and Brian are such a fun loving couple who were slightly nervous about their session. The solution we came up with was to play around with a couple of bear mascot heads to loosen them up! We also chose a very familiar park in the neighborhood where Brian grew up to create a more comfortable environment. The result? A hilarious video, a fun day, and photos that portray how they are when they’re alone – relaxed, happy, and oh so in love. Their wedding will be this June in Houston, Texas, and we can’t wait to capture it!

i seriously love this.  everything about it.

Ok let’s chat.  Things I’m interested in talking about…

1) Do you and your honey have a certain animal or something that you guys identify with?  Bears happen to be our thing, so I have a special place in my heart for those bear helmets Megan and Brian wore (helmets? caps? I would call them ‘bear heads’ but that sounds to me like they decapitated bears and then put the gutted skins over their faces so it’s DEFINITELY not ‘bear heads’).

2) Are you shy about getting photographed?  Do you worry about it at all, with regard to getting photographed on the day of your engagement shoot or wedding?  How would you/did you deal with it?  What helps YOU kick the shyness?  Or are you FULL THROTTLE when it comes to being comfortable in your own skin. :)

3) Are you planning on reading my Bachelorette recap which I’m furiously finishing right now so that I can post it ASAP?  Be advised; I ask you that for good reason… because your encouragement is the only thing that gets me through this goshforsaken process.

xoxo!  - Alison

Photography: The Bird & The Bear / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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  1. Meghan on June 14, 2012


    Adorable shoot, love the bear -er- hats?

    Alas, I am yet to do any engagement/wedding photos but I know I will be scared s**tless because I absolutely hate having my picture taken. The mask thing sounds like a great idea!! Think I could just keep it on the whole time?

    Oh and, as always, thanks for including a Bam shot – he is such a glamour model ;)

  2. Alison on June 14, 2012

    Meghan – totes feel you on that; if I could wear adorable oversized head containment devices (what I’m calling it) I’d willingly participate in every photo shoot thrown my way. So much fun, so little self-conscious worry.

    And I’m glad you’re psyched about the bachelorette recap! That makes one of us. ;) xx!

  3. Mindy on June 14, 2012

    Gotta admit, I’m not feeling this animal masks trend, AT ALL. (sorry, world!)

  4. Alison on June 14, 2012

    Mindy – That’s alright, Mindy, it’s not for everyone! But I think we can agree that it really loosened them up, amirite?! That was the point of it, and I believe it did the trick! :) xx!

  5. Jennifer on June 14, 2012

    LoL this shoot is fantastic! Such a funny idea! We would so do something like this

  6. April on June 14, 2012

    Facking awesome. I want to put us with tigers on our invitations now!

  7. Casey on June 14, 2012

    HELLS YES BACH RECAP! Definitely gives me something to look forward to! And the bear shoot is cute, maybe not for me? Reminds me too much of the freaky furry sex in the Shining. I need to get that image out of my head now!!

  8. bridal girl on June 14, 2012

    I thought I wouldn’t be able to see their faces. Good that they took off the bear! Cute idea, but not for me. Lol. Although, there were pretty nice shots with them wearing the bear costume.

  9. Honeymoon Giveaway on June 15, 2012

    Fun and whimsical, absolutely adorable!

  10. Shannon on June 15, 2012

    Great shoot! Love the video too!

  11. Colleen on June 16, 2012

    Hahahaha I love this so much! I was half hoping there would ONLY be bear-faced shots until I saw how adorable the “real” shots were. :)

  12. Fotograf on June 17, 2012

    I love your photo.!

  13. Lmvisual Wedding Studio on June 19, 2012

    What a wonderful idea !

  14. Danielle on June 19, 2012

    The photos without the bear masks look great!

  15. Sugel on June 21, 2012

    Sung to: “Mary Had a Little Lamb” Lots of bears are hibernating, Hibernating, hibernating, Lots of bears are hibernating, sleeping in their dens.

  16. Jeanette on June 25, 2012

    I’m dyyyying to read the Bachelorette recap! I’m nowhere near having a wedding, but I went through a phase last summer where I followed a dozen wedding blogs because I went a little bride crazy… yours is the only one that made the cut once my brain got back in check because you’re so hilarious and I like to think have a sense of humor akin to mine. :)

  17. dustin prickett on July 5, 2012

    that just made my day, awesome!

  18. Tim Duncan on July 9, 2012

    Still not sure how I feel about this idea.. but it’s definitely interesting and eye catching! :p

  19. Veronica Varos on July 9, 2012

    haha, aww, how awesome!

  20. Louise on August 12, 2012

    Looks like a really fun idea. Not to my taste personally, but the couple are relaxed and are having a great time which is what its all about :)

  21. Cindy on August 18, 2012

    this is awesome! great idea! congratulations

  22. Hawaii Wedding Planner on October 2, 2012

    interesting shoot. props for thinking outside of the box, not sure i have seen this done before- nor would i have thought about it!
    very unique!

  23. supriya on November 20, 2012

    I am writing to you from India. I am very interested in buying these bear head costumes for my wedding. Can I please request you to let me know from where one can buy it?
    Supriya Dravid

  24. Phoenix Wedding Photography on December 13, 2012

    Great idea! Wondered what made them think of it.

  25. on March 31, 2013

    You have a really interesting blog. As well numerous blogs that I see now dont truly supply anything that Im enthusiastic about, but Im definately interested in this one. Just imagined that Id pass that message on.

  26. on March 31, 2013

    From what source do veterans discover online desires?

  27. going to show my boyfriend this later :)

  28. Malaya on May 2, 2013

    I’m not sure we really have an animal we identify with most, but those bear hats{?} are AWESOME! I’m definitely not shy in front of the camera and don’t mind smiling, but my better half is the opposite for sure! Where can I find HIM a bear hat? As for a Bachelorette Party Recap — YES PLEASE!

  29. Voyteck on May 14, 2013

    what a great idea for the e-shoot! very creative!

  30. Fotograf ślubny on July 8, 2013

    good and very cheerful material:). good job:)

  31. Ryszard on October 20, 2014

    nic dodać nic ująć pozdrawiam

  32. Fotograf Piekary Śląskie on October 20, 2014

    coś innego super

  33. Mark Byron on April 22, 2016

    These photographs have made me laugh. Its great to see that some people are still willing to be original and fun, when it comes to photo shoots.

  34. Gosia on December 12, 2016

    Original idea for sure…:)


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