When we arrived in Slovenia the rain was steady and temperature was just plain cold – not exactly ideal conditions for getting a tiny girl outside in a strapless wedding dress!  Mojca was fantastic though and I’m so pleased with the results from this shoot!  She and Riccardo were totally up for anything and did a great job of looking warm and dry! :o)   

A little background on the setting:  Stanjel is a tiny Slovenian town dating back to the 14th century.  It rests on a hilltop with winding narrow streets, castle ruins, and beautiful rustic homes.  Mojca’s family is from Stanjel and many of her relatives still live there.  Her aunt very graciously let us use her house as a dressing room and her grandmother invited us back to her house after the shoot to enjoy homemade bread, prosciutto, and wine – all fresh from their family farm.  Everything was so tasty!  Mojca – please thank your family again for their warm hospitality!

Now for the images…


 They both have the most beautiful eyes!




I love all of the random ruins you can find anywhere in Slovenia and Italy…



This one is my favorite – good job Sean.





For those who have been asking, these images have been processed using both the textures we shot in Europe and Jesh de Rox’s Fine Art Textures.  The majority from this shoot include textures from specifically Stanjel, Slovenia. 

Hope you’ve enjoyed them! :o)

– Mel


  1. Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) on April 2, 2008 at 12:59 am

    What the crap?! Could these be any more amazing!

  2. esm on April 2, 2008 at 7:30 am

    I’m speechless! Breathtaking!

  3. brianne on April 2, 2008 at 8:48 am

    pretty mcpretty!

  4. Jessica on April 2, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I am loving those textures! These photos are stunning!

  5. Mel Watson on April 2, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Stunning work you guys… you make it hard to pick a favorite. What a fantastic place to shoot… and such a gorgeous couple! Love them all! :D

  6. david & kimi baxter on April 2, 2008 at 10:53 am

    ummm…..these are so sexalicious i can’t even stand it! “attention all photographers! sell all your equipment now the mclellan’s are takin over the WORLD!!!”

  7. Ariana on April 2, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I am amazed at what you guys can accomplish. You’ve got gorgeous models, perfect scenery and “the eye” to catch it all perfectly. Love it, love it, love it. Amazing.

  8. Bradford on April 2, 2008 at 11:52 am

    I think I’m with the Baxters on this…

  9. abraham on April 2, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    amazing work! awesome post-processing!… i have a question though….about this trip…how did you arrange all these shoots? these are clients that read ur blog and knew u were heading out there?….just curious….thanks for sharing.

  10. sean on April 2, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Hey Abraham! We shot a combination of couples, bridals, current wedding clients, and models. I’m shooting you an email with more details & links to some modeling websites.

  11. mel on April 2, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Eddie, Elaine, Brianne, Jessica, Mel, David, Ariana, Bradford, and Abraham – thank you guys so much! I know that’s pretty much all I ever post but seriously – we really appreciate it! :o)

  12. serena grace on April 2, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    your posing is so creative!

  13. Lauren Wright on April 2, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Oh my gosh! I love 3, 7 & 10. They’re beautiful :D It looks like the flight/transfer/flight/transfer/flight was worth it!

  14. chris scott on April 2, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    i’m pretty sure my exact reaction was “holy [insert expletive here], seriously???”

  15. mel on April 2, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks Serena! :o) Hey Lauren! Yes! It was definitely worth it! If for nothing else, pizza and gelato are awesome! ;o) Chris – I’m tellin’ you – it’s the pizza over there! haha!

  16. sean on April 2, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    mmm… pizza… gelato… mmm…

  17. shannon steeves on April 3, 2008 at 6:16 am

    love these! wow, simply gorgeous!

  18. DoDaDay on April 3, 2008 at 11:40 am

    FYI…A few short years ago. . .Sean was waiting tables and Mel was babysitting
    for an ungrateful couple. They were NOT born talented and famous ..They had to
    work for it! Anything is possible!!! Now you know the rest of the story!

  19. justin . lyon on April 3, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Unbelievable Pics!!! You are too talented for words. The McLellan’s are definitely taking over!!! Seriously, High Fives!!

  20. mel on April 3, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks Shannon! :o) For the record, DoDaDay is Sean’s grandfather and he thinks more highly of us than most people – as is evident from his posts! :o) Thank you Jim – happy birthday! Thanks to you too Justin! High Five back at ya!

  21. Mel Watson on April 3, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I heard a rumor that all the BEST photographers were once nannies… I’m pretty sure its true. ;) Sean you’re still great even though you weren’t a nanny once… but thats because you were also born a Ninja. You should have kung fu-ed the wasp into oblivion the other day… but I guess jet lag gets to even the most fierce ninja warriors.

  22. Cliff on April 3, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    I think my jaw had already dropped when I saw this last photo of the bride on the steps…

    It was convenient because that means my mouth was already open when I said out loud, “Oh, ****!”

    You two are so freakin’ talented.

  23. Opal Jones on April 4, 2008 at 9:47 am

    WOW…guys these are amazing…and in itlay…i didn’t know you all were even there…i hope it was as awesome as the images….i miss you guys and hope you are doing great….i would loce to see ya..i’m actaully gonna be in town in about a month for a wedding w/ valeiaha. maybe we can have lunch or something?

  24. david & kimi baxter on April 4, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    still throwin up ova here! have a killer weekend guys!!

  25. AHS Photography on April 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    love it! insane!-Aaron

  26. K. Crafton on April 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I’m just going to throw in a big fat DITTO to everything that’s been posted. I’m digging all of the fun processing and textures. This is definitely my favorite shoot from your entire trip!!!!

    (and, yes, dinner/lunch very soon. Just not next weekend, we’re heading to the beach!)

  27. David Pearce on April 4, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Damn! Now I have to add your BLOG to my “must look at” list! Awesome work guys- really inspiring!

  28. Kelley WC on April 5, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Really gorgeous work guys! I’m subscribing too! :-)

  29. Matt Radlinski on April 7, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Awesome job, guys. These are some STUNNING images!

  30. Mojca on April 7, 2008 at 3:19 am

    Hey guys, I just saw the photos now, waw, I absolutely love them!!!!!!!!! It was definitely worth standing on a rain and cold:) Riccardo and me are really happy to meet you and to work with you! You are amazing and really so fun and easy to work with!!!! Greetings from a not-so-cold-anymore Slovenia:)

  31. mel on April 7, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Wow! Thanks you guys! Your comments mean so much! :) —Mel – I do believe you are right! The best photographers are definitely of the nanny variety! Cliff – your comment made me laugh out loud :o) Thanks! Hey Op! We miss you! Let’s absolutely do lunch when you’re in town! Davo and Kimi – you guys are the best. ;o) Thanks Aaron! Have fun at the beach Kate! We’re going there too! See you when we get back! David P – mwahaha! You have fallen for our evil plot! Thanks for the add! Thanks to you too Kelley! We really appreciate it! :o) Matt – thanks! Hope you and Crystal are doing great! Hey Mojca! We’re so glad you like them – and that it was worth standing in the cold! :o) Thanks for hanging in there with us!

  32. Oana on April 7, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    So beautiful, I especially love the last image.

  33. ricki ford on April 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    These are breath taking!

  34. Meggie Velasco on April 8, 2008 at 7:28 am

    You guys! These are incredible! What a great venue! It doesn’t hurt that your bride and groom are incredibly gorgeous too!

  35. adrian hitt on April 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    mel and sean – you’ve done it. you’ve created your very own style and it sets you worlds apart from everyone else. way to go. these are gorgeous.

  36. Sean on April 10, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Oana, Ricki, Meggie, Adrian, thank you all so much :) It makes us super happy to read wonderful comments like these!

  37. Cameron Ingalls on April 10, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    who are you?
    …i must know

  38. David on April 13, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Really astonishing! Superb!
    (ni kaj, fant je mojster;)

  39. sean on April 18, 2008 at 11:36 am

    cameron – congratulations, you win the “i’m not quite sure what you’re talking about” award! Thanks, David! I’m not quite up to speed on my slavic, so I’ll assume that the second half of your comment was good, and not something about monsters :)

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