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When the couple told me their venue was El Hogar, I felt a little daunted.  I’ve been to the crumbly old building before…it’s dusty, musty, abandoned and smelled like neglect.  I styled a shoot for a jeans brand there a few months prior and the photos were fabulous and the whole place is utterly photogenic–I’ll give it that.  But I worked with people who were being paid to not mind the mess, the dirt and the sweat that comes with the whole shebang and just come up with commercial worthy pictures.  But for a prenup shoot?  I wasn’t so sure.

Luckily, Gert and Kerwin were good sports.  I was also working with the usual team–Rae with the makeup and Noel (Quirky Creatives) as the photographer.  Rae had the brilliant idea of bringing an electric fan so we didn’t die from heat, dust and exhaustion.  Props to the couple, especially–because prenup shoots are exhausting, and if you’re not used to them, they can take a LOT out of you, physically and mentally.  Gert bravely strutted out in heels and Kerwin survived layers of clothing.  But look–it all paid off!  El Hogar, despite its faults, is an AMAZING backdrop.  This is probably one of the most visually stunning engagement shoots I’ve done so far.

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

 

Gert and Kerwin requested a 20s-30ss inspired look, and I couldn’t be happier to oblige.  That particular era has always been my favorite style.  So in these photos you’ll see that we had casual to dressy ensembles, just to have all our bases covered.  I also love that Gert’s striking hair color added a lot of character to the photos, and I enjoyed using hair accessories for her.

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

It’s always tricky to do vintage styles, especially when it comes to hair and accessories.  While we love looking at authentic vintage photographs, when you attempt to emulate that style today, it can make you look older and manang if you’re not careful (unless you’re a teenager).  I always tell my clients this, because vintage is the most requested style for engagement shoots.  I don’t always go fully vintage; there’s always a touch of contemporary to the looks I style just to keep things fresh.  Pearls and retro curls are looks we tread on with much care–so use colors and patterns that look young and vibrant.

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

We didn’t do any set design nor bring props. El Hogar is just that photo-ready.
(Also check out Gert’s awesome rosary ankle tattoo in this photo.)

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

So yeah, for this last set below, we went a little more contemporary, but still with touches of classic.
The violet skies?  Perfect backdrop. Sunset to twilight usually is.

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

Gert and Kerwin Engagement shoot at El Hogar with Alex Lapa, Rae and Noel Salazar

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