One of my goals this year with going full-time into photography after 8 years part-time is to finally crawl out of my hermit shell and to really start NETWORKING within the wedding community. There are so many amazingly talented creatives in the industry, and yet I feel like I barely know any of them and I decided that needs to change. I've often heard that a great way to network is to participate in a styled wedding shoot! So I teamed up with Shannon from SD Beauty and some other amazing vendors! I'm so excited to finally share with you the results of our efforts from our styled shoot at Stonefields Estate.
We were given the opportunity to use Stonefields' brand new ceremony house and Shannon and I were just SO giddy with excitement to hear that we would be one of the first vendors to be able to work in their new space. When we set foot inside, it STILL had that fresh and new building smell! Before our shoot, there had only been half a dozen weddings inside Stonefields' new building. Wow... What a dream!!!
In case you're reading this and you're not in the wedding industry, a styled shoot is when a team of wedding professionals team up and plan and execute a stylized wedding photoshoot. So it's not a 'real' wedding, but everyone involved teams up with the common goal of awesome photos and video to use for promotional material. The organizers recruit models, gowns, a venue, and so many other wedding profesionnals! I guess you could say we're "doing it for the 'gram!" ;)
The photo of Lexine below is the new cover to my Bridal Guide! To every wedding couple that books me to photograph their wedding, they receive a 70 page printed magazine that includes all kinds of tips and tricks that are helpful to plan a wedding (even the non-photography related stuff!)
Styled Shoot Dream Team:
Organizer / Hair & Makeup: SD Beauty
Co-Organizer / Photography: Valerie Miles Photography
Models: Lexine, Kyrillos & Gloria
Videographer: Red Dog Digital
Venue: Stonefields Estate
Florist: The Planted Arrow
Gowns: Fairy Dreams Bridal
Dress designer: Alexandra Grecco
Hair accessories: Sugarcane & Co.
Behind the scenes photographer for Shannon: Star Brand Photography