Wildwood – Behind the Scenes
A few months ago, I had the absolute pleasure of shooting an editorial with some amazing Canberra talents. It was one of my most favourite styled photoshoots to date and I am so honored to have worked with such an amazing bunch of people! I’ve mentioned in blogs before how this wonderful shoot Wildwood was featured with White Magazine and just recently Truly and Madly (a New Zealand wedding blog). As I have just kicked off the #PrettyWedProject, I often get questions surrounding how these shoots happen and what goes into them. So I thought I’d answer a few below!
How are styled shoots created?
They form in many different ways, but usually a designer or creative directory will assemble a team of businesses and vendors to produce a shoot that will hopefully find its way to a bride or groom’s eyes and give them inspiration for their wedding. Usually if I am the creative director (dreaming of different styled shoots ideas nearly every night), I will hand-pick a team based on the style of the shoot and how the team can bring their strengths and artistic vision to create some magic! Generally in my initial contact of the team, I send them a mood board of inspiration and a plan for the shoot including listing the vendors needed, who it is aimed at, the style of shoot and the timeline of events leading up to the shoot so we are all on the same page of ideas! One strong note I made in the initial email is I had a colour theme I wanted to stick to, which was the 2015 Pantone Colour of the Year, Marsala.
The Team included various Australian designers Beska Bridal and Made with Love. I loved the very bohemian look to the gowns and thought they would be perfect. The theme originated with a quick chat I had to Loulou from Moxom and Whitney, to create headpieces that were unique and different to the usual flower crown. These ladies did such a fantastic job supplying additional floral details to cover the table with. Style My Aisle (Tess) provided the table, chairs and cake stand/box with Lauren from Shakespears Cakesphere creating the epic 10 layer 2 tier naked cake.
We also had the talented Kirstin Pierpoint on hair and makeup touchups for the model Eleanor Eve. A special thanks to Meekz Contemporary Jewellery and Bridget Bunchy (who I found online simply) for supplying the jewellery.
What happened on the day…
After months of planning, the day had finally arrived to bring together all the meticulous planning by each talented wedding vendor. With a forecast of only 30% chance of rain, I was hopeful for a fairly sunny day for the outside photo shoot in the National Arboretum. Little did that happen, as from about 6am until about 2pm, it rained cats and dogs! It was a tense morning of deciding whether to turn the shoot into my backup plan of an inside styled session – but at 1pm I made the decision that we must push ahead with the original plan. Luckily, by 3pm when we arrived at the Cork Oak forest to set up, only light showers were passing on. By the time it came to start shooting the table styling and Eleanor in the beautiful gowns, the clouds were passing and even the sun broke through the clouds to sprinkle beautiful natural afternoon light on the dewy leaves of the forest – making it even more magical!
A piece of advice if your planning a styled shoot
Make sure you’re idea is conveyed well to all involved in the shoot and make it unique. Copying someone’s idea will not stand out to an editor of a magazine or wedding blog. A unique theme doesn’t mean making it ‘retro’ or ‘vintage’ – be very specific to what you want. If your not sure how to describe your style when your first cooking up the ideas, start with a colour theme of maybe 1-3 colours and go from there. For this shoot as I mentioned previously, Marsala was the colour I wanted to focus on. This makes your editing much easier knowing the colours you need to bring out and enhance. Find inspiration and share it with the group, so they have continual visual representations to work with. And finally enjoy it! Working with such a talented team made the day so much more enjoyable and fun!