Excuse me a bit if I go off on a tangent, or start to make no sense... as I sit here writing this post with a terrible migraine. Does anyone else have year round allergies that cause severe sinus inflammation and migraines? Ugh! I really want someone to drill a hole in my head to drain the pressure. LOL...
Why do I do so many styled shoots?
You may ask why I participate in, or plan, so many styled shoots. Well the short version is... I LOVE THEM! I love planning the shoot, designing the concept, and ultimately creating beautiful photos! The long version... Let's dive into that now.
Investing in myself is one of the most important things I can do, as a photographer. From gear to software to my website’s , to training; investing in myself is a continuing process. One of the best investments I can make, as a photographer shooting portraits and weddings, is to participate in or plan styled shoots. The benefit of participating in a styled shoot can reap rewards that are everlasting.
What is a styled shoot?
A styled shoot is created to inspire creativity, create and build networks amongst local vendors, and keep me shooting in the off-season. Several industries come together outside the realm of an actual wedding to create a series of images. Some of these industries include dress designers and retailers, hair and makeup artists, jewelers, bakers, wedding venues, florists, event planners, and of course, photographers.
Collaborating with other industry creatives and planning a styled shoot allows me to keep my feet "wet", allows me time to be creative, try new things, perfect technical aspects I already know, try out new gear, and gives me the time I need to do those things. At an actual wedding, there isn't time to try things you may not have done before, and you certainly don't want to show up to a wedding with new equipment you don't know how to use. A styled shoot is a lot slower paced, and dedicated to give me the time to do exactly that. And the result is what you see following below! Pure gorgeousness!!
A big thank you to all the amazingly creative ladies who continue to support me, as I support them, and collaborate on these beautiful shoots!
Concept Designer // KRISTY HOADLEY PHOTOGRAPHY
Florals // ORNITHEA
Makeup // ADELE ANNETTE MUA
Model // Julia C
And when your model is freezing, because it's 20 degrees out and just snowed... you bundle her up like a bag-lady, and take her picture of course! And, she still looks absolutely adorable!
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