A portrait session in Antarctica?


We’ve been holding off on posting these due to having been required to sign a confidentiality agreement. After a bit of back and forth negotiation, we’ve been allowed to share two of the images under the condition that we’re only allowed to use the couple’s first names, so as to help conceal their identity.

Getting to Antarctica isn’t easy. Nor is it inexpensive. Many of those ways involve being required to secure employment in various science related jobs. Luckily Angelina & Brad are rather well connected and we were able to skip past those methods and we sailed straight down on a boat they were able to borrow from friends. We brought Seven with us, and they also have SIX kids that all came along as well–that might sound crazy; but it was a very large boat and they played well together spending a lot of time entertaining themselves and watching humpback whales… and pieces of ice… and more humpback whales.

Many cruise ships only venture as far as the Antarctic Peninsula; but we were able to sail all the way into the southern Ross Sea.

Map of Antarctica

Ok, enough of that. Let’s get to some images!

There are some images that we’re REALLY excited about; but unfortunately we aren’t allowed to share everything we wanted. Having said that, this is one we were allowed to share because it’s one of our large landscape images where Angelina & Brad are in the distance so you can’t really identify them by their faces.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this shot. Such gorgeous views, we just had to get them out on that ice and get some imagery featuring the location. The lines and curves of the ice were so fantastic–and they look so beautiful together. The weather was very harsh at this point in time, so they had to put on large thick white parkas to keep from freezing.

Angelina & Brad - Antarctica Portrait Session

And here’s one more–the only closeup we were allowed to share. The wind really started blowing right before Mel got this image. The snow is obscuring their faces a bit–which is why we got this one approved–but I think it really adds to the artistic feel, anyway. And the emotion is just so powerful that it cuts through the snow obscured portions. Look at how they are looking into each other’s eyes. I don’t think any words I could write can say it any better than the passion and intensity you can just feel by looking at it.

Brad & Angelina - Portrait Session

So glad we were finally able to post these! Thank you for looking. To you and your family: Have a great April 1st!


  1. Kristine Neeley on April 1, 2011 at 10:15 am


  2. Chooah on April 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I really gotta give it to you guys. Even with all the harsh weather conditions and challenging light, you guys really pulled it off! Wouldn’t expect anything less from the Mclellan’s!

  3. Leeka K. on April 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

    AWESOME!!!! Thanks for the GREAT post!!!!

  4. Erin Browne on April 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Amazing photos!! Must have been a wonderful trip. They picked the right photographers!

  5. Doug Boutwell on April 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Honestly took me a minute or two to get that. I’m not the brightest tool in the shed.

  6. Amy Hutchinson on April 1, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Ha! Genius.

  7. Tim Co. on April 1, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Well played my friend! Well played!

  8. ting on April 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

    You guys are so bad!!!

  9. ilde cook on April 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    It’s funny because I can see these on my home computer but not on my laptop? So strange… :)

    Y’all are hysterical!

  10. Joshua Gull on April 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Well played McLellans. Well played. LOL

  11. Krystal Radlinski on April 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Cheekie monkies!

    P.S. I was hoping to book you for our 10th anniversary photoshoot… on the MOON.

  12. Kate Crafton on April 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I think you might have missed the “blinkies” during the shoot….slightly overexposed, my friends. ;)

  13. cole on April 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Oh my god what an insane coincidence! Last year we had a photo session with Brad Pitt in Vancouver as well! Awesome stuff, but you’re location is way better we’d have to say :)

  14. Robyn on April 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Ooh, that’s just mean.

  15. esm on April 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    You captured the incredible experience of being in a “white out” perfectly. Exceptional photography once again, you are the best!

  16. Jennifer R on April 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    You totally got me! But, why wouldn’t you all be shooting Brad and Angelina??? Totally believeable:)

  17. Grace Lightner on April 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Ahh what a tease! Can’t view the 2 pictures! I can only imagine how amazing they are coming from the McLellan’s…

  18. Emily on April 4, 2011 at 7:42 am

    hahahah you guys are awesome!

  19. Mel on April 5, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Lol! Happy April Fool’s Day everyone! Thanks for playing! :0)

  20. Donna Butler on April 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I can’t see the images…I have tried several different computers and browsers…

  21. Noelle McCoy on April 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    This is, without a doubt, the Single.Best.April.Fools.Joke.Ever. This is WINNING. =)

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