May 14, 2013

Poseidon shoot with Oncewed


This is probably one of my all time favorite editorial shoots I’ve shot. Everything just seemed to have fallen into place. Working with my good friend Joy Thigpen of course was the highlight.. Love her aesthetic, organic touches to all things beautiful, her passion and of course her heart..

Images shot on Fuji 400h in the day and at sunset and sunrise shot on Kodak Portra 800. Processed and scanned at the BEST lab in the world Richard Photo Lab. I mean hello look at the color!!! ack!!!

creative direction + styling: joy thigpen  //  hair + makeup: elle german  //  film processing:richard photo lab  //  1st gown: matthew williamson’s parachute gown  //  2nd gown: claire pettibone’s sparrow  //  3rd gown: samuelle couture’s crystal  //  4th gown and veil: claire pettibone’s crescent and fairy queen veil  //  5th gown: kevan hall designs // wax crown: adorned event design


  1. Juliet Mckee

    So very beautiful Jose, the light is incredible. It’s warmed my soul on this cold wet day in England.

  2. Chad Morgan

    Well, those girls are hard to look at. Jeez. As always, beautiful work.

  3. Jade Sheldon

    Heartbreakingly beautiful, Jose and Joy!

  4. Lindsey Parent

    I love this dress and was wondering the designer?

  5. Naomi {Sweet Violet Bride}

    A perfect moment.

  6. Manel Tamayo

    So cute and romantic pix. Great work!


    I LOVE the dress and the veil. So soft, so romantic, amazing!

  8. Eddie

    I always love your work Jose but this is really breathtaking. You have photographed the beautiful dresses, accessories and details with such soul and beauty.

  9. Pauline

    Breathtaking !

  10. Valentina

    Absolutely breathtaking!

  11. Alexey

    Very wonderful!

  12. joey

    One of your best!!!!! Thanks for sharing it!

  13. Jen Curtis

    I have run out of words to describe how I feel about your images. Just when I think it can’t get any better they do. These are incredible… you are a master at working with light and a master of all things film. Joy’ is equally as amazing on the styling side. Well done team.

  14. Kristyn

    this is absolutely stunning as all get out.

  15. Naomi {Sweet Violet Bride}


  16. Hanneke

    Ohhh my. Stunning!

  17. Merisa McCollum

    Absolutely stunning…

  18. Urška Majer

    These are so stunning! The last one is amazing :)

  19. mrhaack

    Awesome Jose! These are insane.

  20. Martin

    Oh WOW! This is so unbelievable stunning. Every picture is a masterpiece, but I like the second to last the most.

  21. Andrea

    Jose, you are such a visionary. I have a styled beach shoot coming up, and you just schooled me in the art of gorgeousness. You are incredible, your shots are incredible, and everything about this shoot is out of this world gorgeous.

  22. Cathy

    Absolutely gorgeous and inspiring!

  23. Ali Mooney

    I am left in awe after looking at these. Incredible. Thank you for inspiring me!

  24. Veronica Varos

    This set is quite lovely.

  25. Alice Mahran

    I love your work, I love you and I love everything what you photograph…. stunning stunning stunning!!!!

  26. Becky {Smitten Magazine}

    This is utterly devine in styling and shooting – just beautiful

  27. Derek Anson

    Yeah looking good

  28. Lauriana

    Gah! So amazingly stunning. : )

  29. Chase @ The Smell of Summer

    Wow! The lighting is absolutely perfect :)

    Chase Miller
    The Smell of Summer – A Boutique Lifestyle Blog

  30. joy thigpen

    awww…’re so sweet!! thank you. you’re my highlight (always!). just wish we could shoot together more often–its always like magic! your energy and eye and heart feed my soul. this is definitely among my very favorites, too. you killed it! (and this makes me extra excited to see you soon! :)))) )

  31. joe

    Simply stunning and inspiring !!

  32. yan palmer

    wow jose. you truly outdid yourself with these. bravo.

  33. Kina Wicks


  34. Louise

    Such an inspiration!
    Thank you for sharing amazing work ALWAYS Jose!
    Please come to South Africa!!!!

  35. Sonia Jansson

    Oh! José! you’ve outdone yourself! Magnificent!

  36. Lena Larsson

    Breathtakingly beautiful. Awed

  37. Jessica Lund

    Gorgerous! Stunning! Breathtaking!

  38. Visions of Love

    So beautful!

  39. Kaylee Labor

    Jose! Are you serious? These are so beautiful!

  40. Jenna Leigh

    Oh my, WOW. That is simply perfection in every frame… seriously gorgeous work! Keep it coming…

  41. sandra Åberg photography

    Simply just stuvning José… Love it.

  42. Andrew Fleming

    So much here, too many compliments to give. Suffice to say, Jose, this is the reason you are my biggest inspiration in photography. Met you briefly at Lazers and Blazers on the dance floor, my friend grabbed a photo of us on her iPhone. It was a huge moment to meet my photog idol! Hope to meet again in the near future!

  43. Meredith Sledge

    Absolutely breathtaking. You’re amazing, Jose.

  44. Anastasia Marie

    Just gorgeous!

  45. lane dittoe


  46. gina

    good god

  47. Naomi Kenton

    AMAZING!!! x

  48. Jen (NW Wedding Blog)

    So amazing! I love the dresses!

  49. Britty

    Well this is just all kinds of awesome. Seriously, you shot these SO beautifully. And Joy did an amazing job with the styling. Love this shoot.

  50. gabi

    absolutely beautiful!! i can’t stop looking. <3

  51. Louise Bjorling photography

    Really really gorgeous! You’ve managed to get every frame unique but still belonging together – love it! If only UK had that amazing sun…

  52. Helena Amor

    Your work is pure magic…

  53. Oscar Rellan

    I like it, So beautful!

  54. Nicola Thompson

    Utterly breathtaking! Love the styling too – you guys have a serious team going on over there!

  55. Lovella Bridal

    These photos are like a fantasy…

  56. Kate@MagnoliaRouge

    This is utter perfection from both you and Joy!! Love it so much xo

  57. Martin Turner - York Wedding Photography

    These are absolutely beautiful. Love the light.

  58. Andrew Jacona

    Stunning work, your sensibility is gorgeous.

  59. Therese

    this is so beautiful! i love how your images are ethereal and dreamy! and the other talented vendors who were part of this shoot are amazing! love the dresses and accessories ♥♥♥

  60. Michelle

    I literally found my self inhaling because I was stunned by the beauty of these images. Pure magic.

  61. lodiko

    Fantastic shots! I love them!

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    Wow, that is simply stunning. A great body of work x

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    The best. Hands down. You are incredible how you shape light.

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    The tones on this shoot is just absolutely stunning – love it!

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  78. Alice

    I just love these photos, even though they are from a few years ago, and have managed to track down all of the dresses except for one which only appears partially in three shots, its a brown, gold off the shoulder gown. You show the face of the model and her the top of the gown, and then there is a gorgeous shot of the bottom of the gown with the model lifting the hem up while walking on the beach. All you see is her feet and the gown from the thighs down. I love this particular gown, but can find no reference to it on your website, or Once Wed’s site either. Could you possibly point me int he right direction? Many thanks.

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