Every zombiephile worth their monogrammed crowbar knows that the family who slays together, stays together. That was the central tenet behind Jesse Petersen’s touching zom-rom-com Married With Zombies, and we saw it again with the engagement photos of Juliana Park and Benjamin Lee, the couple who fought the undead to celebrate their impending nuptials.
Now we’d like to introduce you to the Owens, a family who has truly embraced the philosophy that a living family is a happy, healthy, (and especially) not undead family.
Jen Owen told her husband Ivan Owen that all she wanted for her birthday this year was a family portrait in which the couple and their three children donned post-apocalyptic armor and fought some zombies. That’s not so much to ask, is it? Apparently not to Ivan Owen, who is a master armor craftsman (check out his chainmail creations, ChainCrafts).
The result was a zombie apocalypse-themed family photo shoot, complete with armor and a zombie.
Using hubcaps, soda tabs, a railroad crossing sign, strips of stainless steel, jump rings, various bits of armored sporting equipment, aluminum from duct parts, and even a teddy bear, Owen outfitted their family for the zombie apocalypse. In the end the Martins looked like they could take on anything, especially a few measley zombies.
Then it was time for the photo shoot that would define the Owens forever as the coolest, most bad-ass family you’ve ever met. Think your family’s cool because your kids have black belts in karate, were scouted by the CIA at the age of ten, and can play “Yankee Doodle” on the flute whilst balancing on a circus ball surrounded by a mote of hyper-intelligent crocodiles? Nope. You’re still not as awesome as the Owens.
Bakan Photography shot the family’s portraits in their zombie apocalypse armor, using a variety of settings that could easily be imagined as the end of the world. The family’s friend Langley West donned zombie makeup and plenty of blood splatter to act as the Owens’ undead foe during the photo shoot. The result is a series of photographs of the whole Owen family dressed in creative, hand-crafted zombie apocalypse armor, fighting off a pernicious zombie.
Check out the slide show to see the Owen family’s zombie apocalypse photo shoot.
With the Owens’ armored family portrait, and Juliana Park and Benjamin Lee’s zombie-slaying engagement photos, we’re seeing a very encouraging trend in creative zombie photography. Could this be the beginning of a fad for using zombies to commemorate the special moments in our lives? Is it only a matter of time before we see photos of a limousine full of zombies on their way to senior prom? A zombie-themed toddler’s birthday party? A bride and groom armed to the teeth and armored in post-apocalyptic sheet metal to get married in front of a congregation of zombies? We sure hope so!
On behalf of zombiephiles everywhere, I salute the Owen family. Thank you, and keep being awesome.
Stay informed, stay alive: You too can have awesome post-apocalyptic zombie armor! Visit the ChainCrafts Etsy page. Ivan Owen will also work with you to make customized armor for all occasions. So if you’ve always wanted to graduate from high school in a full chainmail hauberk with a complete retinue of zombie slaying devices, now’s your chance.
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