Collaboration & Sharing! | Why I love styled shoots…

The collaborative process that is a styled shoot is something I crave. The excitement when ideas are flowing, the rush to get everything finished, the great energy that wonderful people bring to the table just fuels me! This among a few other key ingredients is why I love styled shoots!

Here are the top 3 reasons I do styled shoots:

1) It’s a chance to collaborate! I love working with people! And working with professionals who are just as passionate as I am about creating wedding-related pretties just puts it over the top for me! From the very first phone call discussing the ideas in my head and hearing their wisdom and contributions, to the last push the day of to get all your ducks in a row, to actually photographing all of the gorgeous details brought together by everyone, collaboration is the top priority for me.

2) Sharing is caring. Second only to collaboration on a styled shoot is sharing. One thing I tell the vendors involved in the shoot is that the images I create are just as much theirs as they are mine. Because they put in so much time and talent into the work (for free!) I make sure the vendors receive all of the images I take free from watermark, so they can use the images however they’d like for marketing purposes. Some argue that the images should have your logo on it, but I’ve taken what I believe to be good advice, from Justin and Mary Marantz, and believe that if vendors are elated with the work we’ve done together, they will happily share my name with people and potential clients. And if you’re not convinced, see point #1 again.

3) To spread the word. Whether the images are used solely for vendor’s marketing purposes, or if they go on to be published on blogs or in magazines, the end goal, for me, is to get the word out about all of our businesses. And going back to reason #2, I believe that sharing the work that I do with others, will get people excited about my business and will talk about it. And, in my opinion, a word-of-mouth referral is by far the best you can get! Of course, having your work published is a wonderful way to spread the word farther and possibly faster, so it’s a goal that stays top of mind throughout the entire process!

Yesterday, I photographed a styled shoot, which I will share with you after it’s published. But, because I just can’t help myself, here’s a little look at our gorgeous bride…

Isn’t the bouquet simply stunning (Patti, your work amazes me every. single. time!)

A very special thank you to my collaborators (and now friends) who made this amazing shoot happen!

Beecher Hill House
Libby Harrison of Sweet Bliss Events
Patti Bosket of Au Naturel
All Seasons Events
Michelle Bainard DesCombaz (hairstylist)
Autumn Miller (makeup)
Bella Sera
Mills Brothers
The NCW Dahlia Society
Anjou Bakery
Mission Street Bistro
Models: Kristen, Erica, Luke and Avery!

p.s. In the coming weeks I will tell you how to put together your own styled shoot (including the number 1 tip that is so simple, you won’t believe it)!