The film Brave, set in the highlands of 10th century Scotland, follows a young princess named Merida who defies an age-old tradition of marriage. A skilled archer, Merida competes in an archery tournament for her own hand in marriage which causes chaos in her kingdom. For this shoot Merida (Jenny) finds her prince, her arrow choosing her future husband (Chris).
Inspired by San Francisco’s reputation as the home port of Eros, or Cupid, the shoot was shot at a small park on the Embarcadero along San Francisco Bay known as Cupid’s Span. A large bowstring drawn back, poised on the feathers of the arrow, points up to the sky behind the couple which ties into the archery theme in the film.
I handmade the archery target necklace, starting with a plain medallion I then added Swarovski crystals to match the targets in the film. I couldn’t find arrows at the craft store (which seems so weird to me how do you not have arrow charms) so I used clock dials to represent the arrows and added red crystals on the ends of them.
The save the date has similar borders to the tapestries seen in the film. Merida’s family crest is set behind the text. The paper that I found at the craft store, is covered in embossed leafs and vines.
The most challenging part of this shoot (other then Chris squinting in all the shots) was waiting for people to move out of the frame. The Giants baseball game had just let out so there were kids climbing all over the bow in the background.
Charlee Chayatanan was the photographer for this shoot, check out his cosplay photography on his blog.