As a photographer you strive to be creative all the time. You find inspiration in the most wonderful and weird places. We love weddings but sometimes you need to do something, you know. Different.

We are massive fans of anything urban, industrial, old. We love cars, films and light.

Back in early 2013 we discovered a film on Netflix called Drive. It stars Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan and has the best soundtrack accompanying it, ever!! It became our favourite film of 2013. If you have sat and watched that film you will know its pretty messed up and gruesome but underlying all that is a love story between Driver and Irene. We have seen so many styled wedding shoots arranged around pretty flowers, a big grand venue or dress so we thought we would give something else a bash. We wanted to create something unusual. Something not the wedding norm and something that we could put our stamp on. We called in crack team of wedding supplier epicness and asked them all to create something ace.


We had some cool places to do the shoot but disaster struck on the day. We were originally going to shoot in Chris’s working garage for some of the shoot and we had an awesome huge warehouse space in Leeds for the wedding shoot for the rest of the shoot where we could drive the 1965 black Mustang into and shoot inside. Unfortunately, the warehouse wedding space cancelled on us on the day due to flooding. The day we did the shoot it rained non stop. We nearly had to cancel altogether as most of the team were struggling to get through the bad weather. Thankfully all came good in the end.

We had to think fast and Chris let us make use of his amazing workshop. After the shoot we headed into Leeds to get some shots on the street around some cool warehouse/industrial areas. It was FREEZING but our models Grant + Rebecca of Maverick Models were the upmost professionals.

For weeks before the shoot we collected loads of car parts, signs, industrial lights, made some chairs out of oil drums and from there we got the very talented Lynnie from Stems Designs to work her magic with wire and flowers to create an awesome tablescape.

We needed some muscle for the shoot and although we had Grant and his muscles we needed some proper American muscle in the form of a 1965 Ford Mustang supplied by Superior Wedding Cars. The shoot simply wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Chris and his hospitality at his workshop so we are very grateful for him letting us use his space and his car for the shoot.

Hair and Make Up skills were entrusted to our good friend Victoria Farr. She knows her shit when it comes to lippy and curls and we couldn’t have thought of anyone better to work alongside to get the right outcome from the shoot.

We had to have the original Drive scorpion jacket for the shoot but we also wanted a smarter alternative too so we asked Jill from Jack Et if she would come up with something for us. What she produced was killer and one day I will own my own custom jacket made by her fair hands.

The dresses in the shoot were a mixture of off the peg and custom made. The short dress from the shoot was from H&M and the long dress was made by Julia from Dresses by Julia. We gave Julia a small brief to work with and left her to do her thing and she came up double trumps for us.

Shoes were again a mixture of off the peg and custom made. With the custom shoes we had Jenny from Revivemeboutique create us some black wedge shoes with sequin detailing and some added ‘drive’ inspired detailing.

The Jewellery for the shoot was mainly supplied by our friend Kath Libbert Jewellery in Salts Mill. Kath stocks jewellery handmade by independent artists and silversmiths and she very kindly loaned us some stunning pieces. Jane from HF Couture also provided us we some bespoke jewellery pieces made especially for us to go with the industrial feel.

The cake was made by the awesome Little Cherry Cake Company, if you haven’t already seen her work then you need to check it out because she rocks the cake world in the UK. For us she created a car inspired cake with a layer of car parts, a layer of a tyre and the top layer representing the quilted jacket with scorpion blazoned across the top. Sweet!!!

The awesome Jamball created us two crackin’ buttonholes. One was the scorpion from the jacket and the other was an incredible piece made using a speedo, leather, wire and a bullet. Yes a bullet and it was brilliant!!!

Veronica Dearly was brought onto the team for her stationery expertise! What she creates with her skills is top drawer (sorry for the office pun) she created us some neon place settings, table plan cards and awesome invites which as you can see where detailed especially for Driver and Irene.

Finally a massive thank you must go to the two gorgeous people Rebecca and Grant. They took on this shoot with us and made the process super easy for us. Ultimate professionals throughout and up for getting involved with all our crazy shenanigans along the way. Thanks guys.

These are our favourites from the shoot…

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  1. Laura Babb

    October 8th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Smoking hot.

  2. pauljos1

    October 8th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks Babbster.

  3. shelly

    October 8th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    ARGHGHGGH bout bloody time too! So many great epic fucking shots. Wish I’d shot it. Absolutely awesome stuff kids. Fantastic styling too. LOVE!

  4. pauljos1

    October 8th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks Shell Suit 😉

  5. Genevieve ( Miss Gen )

    October 8th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Love this shoot! great styling.

  6. pauljos1

    October 8th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you hun. It was ace!

  7. kelly @ Boho Weddings

    October 8th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Absolutely brilliant, great to see something differnt on the styled shoot front! Great work guys xx

  8. Paul Rogers

    October 13th, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Superb location, and some fantastically well lit portraits here. Really nice work!

  9. Photostories - Martina

    October 13th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    This is really gorgeous, well done!

  10. pauljos1

    October 13th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you Martina xx

  11. Katharine Peachey

    October 13th, 2014 at 12:11 pm


  12. pauljos1

    October 13th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks K

  13. John Hope

    October 13th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Well this is just plain fuckin’ sexy

  14. pauljos1

    October 13th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks John. Nice to do something a bit edgy

  15. Rachael ~Marry Me Ink~

    October 13th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Gorgeous! Love this idea and love the styling! Her elbow tattoo is beautiful! And love the hanging light bulbs.

  16. pauljos1

    October 13th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks Rach xx

  17. Hannah Webster

    October 13th, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Bloody brilliant shoot, dudes. Great setting. Love the lighting. So good! x

  18. pauljos1

    October 13th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks Han xxxx

  19. Pami D

    October 30th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Oh my days – this is good …

  20. pauljos1

    October 30th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks Pam xx

  21. Igor Demba

    October 30th, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    This is special, like, big time special.

  22. pauljos1

    October 31st, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Thanks Igor.

  23. Toni Darcy

    October 31st, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Gorgeous work guys! Right up your street – I love it! xx

  24. pauljos1

    October 31st, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Thanks Toni, it was totally up our street.

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