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Photoshopped fantasy wedding photos have gotten quite trendy over the past couple of years, and often involve the wedding party running away from large and scary things (e.g. dinosaurs and AT-ATs). Louisville, Kentucky-based wedding photographer Shane Elliott recently took the concept to the next level with a set of wacky groomsman photos.

In addition to standard wedding photos, Joe (the groom) and his groomsmen also had some “fun and silly ideas” in mind: Darth Vader applying his trademark force choke, George Washington crossing the Delaware, and an intense anime-style fight scene.



The shots were captured outside a parking garage across the street from the wedding venue, and a great deal of Photoshop was used to bring the images to life. Elliott writes,

These definitely aren’t your typical groomsman photos and maybe wouldn’t be appropriate for a lot of clients’ tastes. It’s pretty clear that these guys had fun, though [...] Stepping outside of the box for a moment, these are some super fun photos, which definitely illustrate the personalities & interests of Joe and his groomsmen. These are the perfect photos for these clients.

Here are the “before” shots that show what the scene actually looked like before Photoshop did its deed:




You can find more of Elliot’s photography over on his studio website.

Image credits: Photographs by Shane Elliott and used with permission


Over the past week, the #ALSIceBucketChallenge has gone above and beyond viral, bringing people from all over the world together to support and raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

And one of the individuals who has gotten in on the ice-cold action while defending the movement from detractors is photographer Anthony Carbajal, whose tragic story we’ve shared before.

For those who need some catching up, Carbajal’s story is a great deal different and more personal than most participants in the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Six months ago, after spending his entire life in fear of this diagnosis — both his grandmother and mother had the disease — Carbajal was told he, too, had ALS.

In the above video, he takes the challenge, gives us an inside look at his heartfelt story, and shares his thoughts on the realities of this terrible disease.

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As Carbajal himself says, the video is a bit all over the place, contrasting the humor and laughs of the #ALSIceBucketChallenge with the tear-inducing realities of the disease.

But this contrast helps to bring this humorous awareness campaign back to reality in the best of ways. It’s not just about dumping ice water on yourself, the people you’re helping when you donate have real, heartbreaking stories.

In accordance with Carbajal’s wishes, we won’t elaborate much further other than sharing the video and pointing you in the direction of a few resources that he has shared.

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He did an AMA on Reddit just yesterday, which is full of answers, advice, suggestions and more for anyone looking to learn more about Anthony, this horrifying disease, what you can do to help the cause and more. If you’d like to make donations, Carbajal specifically points to ALS Therapy Development Institute, who he feels confident will make the most of the funds.

Be sure to give Anthony’s 4 minute video a watch (have tissues handy) and if you’d like to see the longer, uncensored version, you can do so here.

Thanks for sending in the tip, Ben!


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