If you’re a photographer, there are so many great reasons to plan a styled shoot: build your portfolio, network with other professionals in the industry, bring awareness to your company + more! Today we’re sharing 5 tips for photographers to help them plan the perfect styled shoot.
Create a Mood Board
Making sure that all the vendors share your vision is so important! One way to do that is by sharing a mood board with them. Mood boards can include everything from a color palette to description words to design elements. This way, all our wedding elements will flow together + help you achieve your dream look!
A couple years ago, barn weddings were THE trend, and to accompany the venue’s setting, many brides chose rustic themes with burlap, lace and baby’s breath. While these trends have come and gone, the venues are here to stay. We’re now seeing a shift away from these wedding styles as brides are still loving the barn setting, but want to make their wedding more than just a theme – they want to make it personal, sentimental and uniquely “them”.
Playing on our “tattooed on my heart” vision, Confection Perfection Cakes made a fondant replica of the timepiece in our bride’s tattoo and the roses were hand painted in watercolor on the cake, capturing the color and design of the tattooed flowers perfectly.
Have a Target Client in Mind
When planning your styled shoot, make sure you’re planning for your ideal bride! You are trying to show off your portfolio to attract a specific client, so cater your planning towards that. Make sure your model or real couple is a good representation of your ideal clients because they are an important part of bringing the whole vision to life!
Our models, Tyler + Jess, are the most adorable (real) newlyweds and with a shared love for music, art and tattoos. A big portion of this shoot’s design was actually inspired by our boho bride’s half-sleeve vintage tattoo! With our barn as our backdrop for this inspiration shoot, instead of playing on its rustic vibe, we transformed the space into a bohemian lounge atmosphere for a casual mountain wedding.
Research Your Ideal Publication
One great reason for a styled shoot is to get your work published! Every publication is different and has their own guidelines, so make sure you do your research + reading before submitting to have the best possible relationship with the editors. Going into your styled shoot with a specific publication in mind can help you keep a clear vision + plan.
This Boho Inspired Wedding was featured Wedding Chicks!
Have a Rain Plan
After putting in so much time, effort + planning for your styled shoot you don’t want it ruined by bad weather. Make sure you know what you can do as an alternative if the weather is supposed to be bad. Check with your venue to see if they have a go-to rain plan.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Bringing together so many different vendors to create something magical requires good communication! Make sure everyone is aware of when + where they need to be the day of the shoot. If you are planning on having your work published, make sure you communicate this so they don’t overshare photos and can also abide by the publications guidelines. If you are working with fellow photographers there, make sure the vendors are aware of this so they can give proper credit when sharing photos.
Design + Concept: Something New For I Do, Photographers: Horn Photography And Design, Venues & Officiants: The Barn At Tatum Acres, Coordinators & Stylists: Twigs And Lace Event Design, Fashion: Carries Bridal Collection, Flowers: A Delicate Petal By Melissa, Vintage China: The Prissy Plate Company, Cakes & Catering: Confection Perfection Cakes, Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Along The Lines, Health & Beauty: Melissa’s Hair Beauty & Health Salon