Are you a photographer considering doing a styled shoot, but just don’t know where to start or what to expect? I’ve been there too! It’s no secret how much I absolutely love curating a styled fine art wedding shoot, but today I want to chat about my first ever styled shoot. Back in 2015 I knew I wanted to do a fine-art styled wedding shoot. I knew I wanted to do a very large styled shoot eventually; however, wanted to see what was worked and what didn’t before jumping into a large shoot with a heavy investment. Sooo, I got scrappy.
I’d been a photographer for a number of year, but had only begun to solidify my style and ideal couple just yet. What I did know was that I loved archetecture, I loved rich colors, and a bride that pushed the boundaries beyond all the conventional wedding traditions was definitely MY girl. I recruited a friend of mine with a dress I loved already in her closet, pulled dishes out of my kitchen cabinet, and took her on a tour of Union Station in Washington DC and an old church building in Northern Virginia on an unseasonably warm February day.
I’m still in love with many of these images, but what I mainly got out of that day was a mess of experience in how to set up a styled shoot. If you’re considering setting up a styled shoot of your own here are some of the things you should consider:
1.) Get Organized! Create a shot list and timeline. Time is your friend, so adding a little extra time in your timeline here and there is super helpful.
2.) Recruit some friend-ors to help! I know it’s hard to get a ton of vendors on board for your first styled shoot and I definitely recommend keeping it to a small group of vendors at least the first time around; however, having at least a few people that can help build creative energy with you is SUPER important. I did DIY most of the aspects for this particular shoot, including the flowers; however, after subsequently working with of vendors, I can not tell you enough how valuable it is to have them on your team!
3.) Keep it simple. It’s easy to want to take on EVERYTHING the first time around, but it’s more important to have a small and concise idea for the shoot that you can execute well rather than having so many things going on that you don’t get everything covered well.
Hi I’m Erin and the artist behind Erin Tetterton Photography. Welcome to the photographic THE ARCHIVES.
I believe our lives are divine orchestrations. We each have a story and I believe they are stories that deserve to be told and told well. From Weddings, to Babies, and to celebrate the years we are just glad to have behind us. The photos I take are the images that tell the story. Your own history. Your family’s history. ….and the history of those generations that are to come.
My goal is to create authentic, timeless imagery that accurately depicts each phase of your life. Those phases will be different, unique, and beautiful. Inject humor! Do them in a place you love!