Love never dies.
Not even after you do.
As you may or may not know, in addition to being a photographer, I am also a paranormal investigator (aka “ghost hunter”) with the New York Paranormal Society. I’ve been doing this as part of a group since 2006, and have had some crazy experiences as a result!
With that in mind, and in the spirit of Halloween, I wanted to see if I could merge the two interests in a concept shoot. Months ago I had thought of doing a “sass the dress” in a cemetery, and it gradually evolved into something like an engagement shoot, but with the couple as wandering ghosts. Separated by death, they need to find each other before they can move on. I based the couple in the general time period of 1900-1920 and chose a cemetery on Staten Island that I knew was the perfect setting – overgrown and seemingly forgotten to time. I wanted to evoke darkness, sadness, eventually ending with not even joy so much as simple contentment, all while maintaining a sense of creepiness.
My models were the AMAZING Brian Solomon and Cruella Moxham. Brian is the creator of the popular horror blog The Vault of Horror, and Cruella runs Cruella’s Crypt. This is a couple devoted to each other and to the ghoulish side of life – they were the perfect choice for this shoot and it was so much fun to work with them!