1945 Pinup and Sailor Themed Engagement Portrait Session

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits train stop

I’m a fan of incorporating my clients’ ideas into their photo sessions. The more excited about your photos and involved in the creative process you are, the more my energy behind the camera is fueled back into your photos. One of my favorite conversations about a customized engagement session turned out to be a time warp to 1945 to spin a classy take on the famous “Kissing the War Goodbye” sailor and nurse photograph. Victory curls, polka dots, and a (modern day) US Navy dress blue uniform were all upstaged by smiles and laughs throughout these themed engagement portraits.

I put together the vintage Guest Book post and Facebook samples -both a hit- while the rest went into the album, Save the Date cards, and print samples without sneaking online since! Here are more of my favorites from this shoot in classy black and white.

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits bench

1945 Pinup Sailor Engagement Portraits stairway


1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits passing train

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits Old Glory


1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits dip kiss

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits lighthouse pier

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits lakeside pause

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits pier silhousette

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits beach walk

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits pinup with sailor cap

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits beach at dusk

Kiss ordinary photo shoots goodbye and drop me a line here to see your ideas turn into the images you’ve always wanted.

Custom Wedding Guest Book Design from 1945 Engagement Portraits

I was pretty excited when this Wedding Guest Book arrived so I grabbed the video camera and started rambling recording. Here’s a preview of the Custom Guest Books included in our Memoirs Photography Package and available for all weddings!

I’ve got to brag on the couple, the idea for the themed shoot was totally theirs. At our first meeting, the bride Caroline mentioned her fiance Josh was in the Navy and she wanted to shoot a 1945 themed engagement session in tribute to the famous photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square. (Note for couples looking for photographers – throwing creative, fun ideas at us will really make the brainstorms take off!) It was all downhill from there.

Update – see more of the session’s photos here.

custom 1945 engagement session wedding guestbook 1

I’m thrilled with the hinged paper construction that lets guests write right up to the middle of the book, no bending down the pages to add your wishes near the middle of the book!

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Closeup of the hinged paper wedding guest book design

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Another added bonus was the thicker paper used for this design. One concern was that a pen would make indentations on the next page’s photos, but the thicker paper and using fine tipped Sharpie markers did more than enough to prevent this concern.

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Tips on Guest Books from photographer and designer Eric Bucholtz –

  • – Personalize! Anything personalized to your clients’ engagement and wedding story will always be a hit! The engagement session is entirely about the Soonlyweds to have a relaxing shoot away from wedding planning while getting a preview of your work to let them know they’ve made a great choice including your photography in their upcoming wedding day.
  • – Album Design: Backgrounds. Unless your design concept is for an all white, black or solid page background, personalize your photography even further in the design process by including complimenting colors and textures on album backgrounds. For this vintage book light paper, sand, and other complimenting textures were used to give a freshly printed book a little age to match the feel of the session.
  • – Sunset shooting. Especially out on the beach, stick around after sunset. Dusk is a colorful time full of sunset colors without fighting with the sun at the horizon. This means fewer silhouettes against the sun, less high power fill flash, and more available light photos with that great dusk coloring. Aside from the photographic technicalities, especially when the subjects are having fun, there’s no need to hurry and pack up as soon as the sun sets below the horizon.

Specs & Links

This 10×10″ book features photography and design by Eric Bucholtz, 1945 hairstyling by Genna Bucholtz. White House Custom Color printed the hinged paper / lay flat construction.

Vintage 1945 Themed Wedding Guestbook

Just a warning – you may find yourself saying “Oh I wish I’d thought to do that for my engagement!” – I have numerous times already. We’ll still gladly help put together a creative shoot for you – drop us a line! Ok end of disclaimer. -eB

I’m pretty stoked to present one of the many creative things we’ve helped put together with photos from Caroline & Josh’s 1945 themed engagement session last summer.

This shoot was my photographic equivalent of a kid in a candy store. When the couple mentioned the idea for a vintage engagement shoot you could almost hear the wheels spinning in my head. I always liked studying history, and talking to my 96 year old Grandmother is always a history lesson worth hearing. Her eyes light up talking about my late Grandfather, their wedding day, and the love between them. I couldn’t help but think of their love story and the stories she shared about waiting months to hear from him as he served in the US Navy during World War II. With that in mind we went to town recreating the feel of some of those favorite lovebird photos from way back when…

Click an images above or click here to see the book designs in a full browser window, – iPhone and smartphone friendly slide show!