Editor’s Note: Digging into the archives to share one of my favorite love shoots today!
I discovered photographer Leslee Mitchell‘s fabulous work one night when I was searching for 30A weddings. I’ve been obsessed with this little slice of Floridian paradise since I was six and my dad had a work conference in Seaside. And yes, that’s where J&I honeymooned, too. Leslee has captured some beyond gorge weddings in the 30A but when I laid eyes on her Harvard Love Shoot, it was just too much – I immediately tracked down her e-mail and may or may not have begged and pleaded with her to share this delicious shoot. Luckily, she obliged! 😉
And what’s even cooler about this gorgeous love shoot is the story behind it that shows just how fantastic the web is at intertwining creative ideas + lives. I just love it! Leslee says, “The short of it is, my French BFF (Elodie) was in the States and we were hanging out in Boston for a few days and we got the idea to put this shoot together. We decided to split the shoot 50/50. Elodie picked out her cool spot in Boston for her leg of the shoot and I picked out mine, which was Harvard University. Next came finding some people to photograph. Neither one of us knew a soul in Boston, so I said, ‘hey it’s worth a shot….how about I post a casting call on my fan page and maybe we’ll get lucky … surely there’s some people on my page from Boston or who know people here.’ With nothing to lose, we did just that. And, that’s how we found Addie + Ricky. Turns out, Addie, a girl from Alabama, and already a fan on [my] fan page, happened to be visiting her boyfriend, Ricky, who was home in Boston on break. The pictures tell the rest of the story better than I could so I’ll leave it there. The web is what you make of it.”