Sweet Stop Motion Engagement Shoot : Julie & Josh

Julie and Josh are seriously the sweetest people… and couple. They just adore each other and I just love that! For their engagement – we teamed up with Stephanie Collins Photography to create the engagement announce of a lifetime! A stop-motion video! These things are SO COOL people. Like, probably my new all time favorite. I’ve styled many things: weddings, events, dinner parties, maternity shoots, editorial spreads – you name it. I’ve never worked on a stop motion video and let me tell you – it is a lot of work! I could take hours to shoot something that will only be 15 seconds on film – which is crazy to me haha – but it was such a rewarding experience and a huge shoutout to Stephanie for putting everything together so flawlessly!

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So, for their shoot – Julie and I talked about re-creating their love story, with some modifications. We wanted to tell a story that most people could identify with – meeting your first crush on the swings at recess, or passing a note in class, to maybe your first date in high school. Our goal was to use these general settings, but incorporate little details that reflect Julie & Josh and their story.

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I made giant paper airplanes and attached them to long sticks with a string so we could try and capture the motion of it flying. We put outfits together that show age and time – and a little of their own style too! Julie rocks a flower crown better than most =) And that killer banner at the end? Ya, Josh made that for when he actually proposed to Julie at the Golden Gate Bridge – adorable, right?! With a theme of “signs” we wanted to use as many letters, questions, paper in as many details as we could. Since after all, he did ask her the biggest question of her life with a paper note, essentially.

Below is their finished video and I may or may not have watched it about a dozen times already =) What can I say? I’m a sucker for love. Can’t wait to be apart of their wedding this summer!

JULIE AND JOSH – ENGAGEMENT IN STOP MOTION from Stephanie Collins on Vimeo.


  1. Julie Beatty says

    It all turned out so much more amazing that I could have ever expected!! I will forever cherish this video and all the memories that come along with it! :) Couldn’t have done it without you, Emilee, so THANK YOU! And Stephanie- she is incredible. To put all of those photos together to get to THIS, she’s an absolute genius with a huge talent.

  2. L.O.V.E. this!!!!!!!

  3. Beautiful, Emilee! It was so sweet and everything you said you set out to do, you DID!

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