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Last year was such a huge one for us. We met some amazing people, tackled some tough challenges, and grew closer together through all of it.

When we think about 2013, this shoot is one of the milestones that stands out.

When Patricia Hoffman, the editor of the German fine art wedding book Hochzeitswahn, contacted us and asked us to shoot this project, we were honored but a little overwhelmed.

We knew to get the right look we’d have to leave our digital cameras behind and shoot exclusively on film.

The concept for our shoot was a bride getting ready for her big day with a bridal boudoir session mixed in.

We have nothing against boudoir but wanted to make sure it fit our “style.” We wanted to keep it elegant & timeless.

With the help of an absolutely amazing team, we were able to do just that.  We can’t say thank you enough to the selfless people that helped make our vision a reality. Their credits are listed at the end of this blog.

It’s a testament to the beautiful power of film, to our lovely model, and our hair and makeup team that we can say these required no retouching.

Thank you again to Patricia Hoffman for inviting us to take part.

We’re so happy to be able to finally share, having photographed this back in August 2013. You can purchase Hochzeitswahn here.

“Getting Ready für den Großen Tag: Ein Moment der Ruhe”

Hochzeitswahn Bridal Boudoir 2014 Michael and Carina Photography




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Hochzeitswahn Editorial “Getting Ready für den Großen Tag: Ein Moment der Ruhe”

Location: Bay Tree Manor

Styling, dress & lingerie: Shop Gossamer

Hair: Hair by Alice

Makeup: Theresa Little Makeup Artistry

Floral: Storybook Events

Vintage Rentals: Shelley’s Shabby Shack | Meghan Blair Vintage

Film developed by Richard Photo Lab

Assisted by: Jonas Mueller & Meagan Abell

Best bridal boudoir photographers in Virginia in Hampton Roads and Williamsburg. 


  • What a gorgeous session!ReplyCancel

  • Holy moly, these are out of control perfection- love!ReplyCancel

  • So incredibly beautiful! Well done xReplyCancel

  • Everything about this is perfection! Breathtaking!ReplyCancel

  • I’m speechless. These are beyond incredible. Amazing amazing work…you guys make me want to learn film- putting it on my goal list.ReplyCancel

  • Stunning work. This is amazing, you guys have a lot to be proud of here!ReplyCancel

  • Simply amazing..each and every image just oozes light and those gorgeous film tones. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • YOU GUYS! THIS IS INCREDIBLE! By far, my favorite thing you have ever created. So proud of y’all! xoxo!ReplyCancel

  • Stunning!! I adore these photos, you were absolutely correct! Film is the only thing that can do this justice! Beautiful job!ReplyCancel

  • THESE ARE AMAZING. So, so, so good! Wow!ReplyCancel

  • Perfection, hands down best styled shoot I have ever seen! I especially love the one with the glove and the outdoor blue dresser!ReplyCancel

  • Simply Gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • These are SO SO amazing you guys! I’ve loved following your work and this is my favorite hands down! Absolutely perfect!ReplyCancel

    • michaelandcarina

      Thank you so MUCH Chris!!! Means a lot coming from you!!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely gorgeous! So well done! You managed to make boudoir look so classy in every shot.ReplyCancel

  • what an incredibly beautiful shoot!ReplyCancel

  • absolutely stunning!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • This is insanely stunning! Amazing work!!ReplyCancel

    • michaelandcarina

      Your feedback has officially made our day! Thank you so much, Josh! <3ReplyCancel

  • […] in August when we photographed our first all-film, Hochzeitswahn bridal boudoir editorial (link), Carina’s brother was visiting from Munich. He came along on the shoot and helped document […]ReplyCancel

  • Janelle – Hi There!I was so excited to see a freind of mine share ths contest on her wall. I’ve been pretty interested in a Boudoir session for awhile, and your pictures are beautiful!I have liked your FB page, and have shared the contest on my FB page. *Fingers Crossed*ReplyCancel

  • Hello :)

    I’ve been taking photos for years now and I’ve always been trying to get this look. These creamy colors, crisp and bright, and etheral look. I’m starting to get frustrated not being able to figure this out. Is this only possible through a film camera? I googled Contax 645 (no idea what that is by the way) and similar photos seem to pop up. Is this effect specific to this camera?

    These photos are absolutely breathtaking and inspiring :)

    <3 Lorina DaianaReplyCancel

    • michaelandcarina

      Hi Lorina, I think the quickest and best way to achieve this look is definitely with a film camera, and one of the best is the Contax 645.

      Metering consistently & overexposing your film is the easiest way to achieve this.

      If you’d like an online mentoring session via Skype, write us at! :) Good luck LorinaReplyCancel

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