HOW TO START A STYLED SHOOT | PART 1: INSPIRATION

Here we go! Part 1 out of 5 of HTSASS (How To Start A Styled Shoot) Series! Now, before I get into about how to connect with local vendors in your area, we have to chat about inspiration. What look are you trying to achieve? Is there a theme? What's your color palette? There are many questions when it comes to hosting a styled shoot but fear not my friends; there's this magical search engine called, Pinterest. Yes, Pinterest is my favorite place to find different images of styles and ideas on what I'm looking for when it comes to designing a shoot. 

Whenever I'm planning for my next shoot, I always ask myself these few questions:

1. What is the theme?

2. What is the color palette?

3. What do I need to pull the look together? Meaning, do I need a naked cake vs. a frosted cake or white chairs vs. wooden?

4. What kind of vendors am I seeking to collaborate?

Once you answered those few questions, you'll have created a mood board! A mood board is an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept. 

To give you an example what those questions look like from my experience here is a draft on a past styled shoot.

1. What is the theme?
Boho Tea Garden - open field, lots of warm light. Actual mood board that I made for this shoot My favorite platform to make these are Picmonkey and Canva. 

2. What is the color palette?
Greens, Pinks, Gold, Ivory

3. What do I need to pull the look together?
Rose cupcakes, a wooden pallet, vintage glassware (pink & clear), plate settings, boho dress, boho decor, invitation suite. 

4. What kind of vendors am I seeking to collaborate?
Florists, makeup artist, hair stylist, 2 models, baker, calligraphist. 

Having a mood board is an awesome tool to have when you're planning a styled shoot, wedding, or redecorating a house. It keeps your eyes in check on what you're looking for rather than going crazy at Home Goods. It will help you keep your theme together and stops you from buying unnecessary items. Trust me, I've done a styled shoot without one once, and I'll never do it again cause once you're in front of all those lovely little things your mind just wonders off.

Once you have a vision of what your styled shoot would potentially look like, then you're off to step 2, finding models. Which I will cover next week from where to find models to an actual email message of how I contacted them. 

If you're planning a styled shoot, what are your main sturggles? Finding vendors? Venue location? Comment down below! I would love to hear from you and answer some of your quetions!

HOW TO START A STYLED SHOOT SERIES

Hi, Everyone! 

I'm so excited about today's blog post! Some of you may know that I host monthly, yes, that's right, MONTHLY styled shoots for aspiring and experienced photographers who are looking to build their portfolios. It's a great opportunity for local businesses to showcase their products to receive high-quality photos for their business! 

First off, what is a styled shoot?  A styled shoot is a collective, group effort between a variety of vendors coming together to produce a BEAUTIFUL mock wedding or other grand events. Or what I like to say, "true elements of a wedding." It's a perfect way to connect with other creatives while networking within the industry. 

Tell me if this sounds familiar to you, you realize that you want to become a wedding photographer, but you have no idea where or how to start. You try to reach out to more established photographers for an opportunity to second shoot, but after days of waiting it's either a, no response or they're not interested. Trust me; I was there, I know how it feels to write those awkward emails about how you're just starting and wanting to learn. But let me tell one thing, do not stop! Someone will give you a chance to second shoot and experience the day of a wedding photographer. Super brownie points if the lead shooter lets you use the photos from the wedding!

Let's just say you were in my position where second shooting opportunities were months away. I have a little bug that our family likes to call, "IGS" which stands for "Instant Gratification Syndrome." I didn't want to wait until my second shooting gig to build my portfolio, so I decided to do a small styled shoot in a park, with a friend, in an Amazon dress that I ordered online. I contacted a florist, hair stylist, and makeup artist, to see if they were interested in collaborating, and they were! I even posted in a Facebook group to see if any other photographers were interested in meeting up. Sharing is caring, right? Long story short, that's how I started ME X YOU

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I see so many questions on what and how to do a styled shoot. That's why I'm so excited to share with you on what I've learned! I'll be posting every week on different subjects like, how to find models, and how to send those darn emails to potential vendors. If you want to be up to date please 'follow' my instagram page for any blogging updates! 

Stay tuned everyone this is something you do not want to miss! 

Style On,

Christine