It takes a small army to pull together a Styled Shoot. And truth be told, it really stretches me as an artist. After almost eighteen years in this business I know the technical side of photography and can light and pose a bride and groom all day long, BUT – I am at my BEST when capturing the emotions of a wedding day. I love the look on a groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time. The tears that fall during the first dance and the look of challenge in the bride’s eyes when it’s time for the cake smash. There isn’t any of that with a styled shoot. It’s just me, my camera a few lights and a team of vendors with high expectations of the outcome. I’m not shooting a love story anymore, I’m shooting for my peers. And I don’t take that lightly. I have to look at each piece of the puzzle and think “How can I highlight this bouquet (centerpiece, glass, tablecloth) and not only make it look pretty, but how can I highlight it so a bride will see it and say, ‘I want THAT vendor.’” Talk about pressure!
In addition to the pressure, I’m a bit of a control freak. I like things “my way.” In the past I’ve always been invited to participate in a styled shoot that was already put together – for THIS shoot I came up with the idea and started the creation process. I handpicked a team of vendors and then stepped out of the way and said, “Do your thing.” Whew! That took some courage on my behalf! (Okay, not really, because the team I picked is the best of the BEST and if I was getting married every one of them would be on my vendor team!) Once you take a peek I think you’ll see why!