Has anyone noticed how much styled shoots have exploded in popularity lately? I feel like someone is constantly hosting one in my area but unfortunately not all styled shoots are created equal. Now don't get me wrong, I've been to them, I've hosted one myself, and I'm going to one this weekend. They can be such a fun way to network and let your creativity flow in ways a regular session doesn't always allow for. But unless you want to pay $150+ for what could basically be your own model call, definitely do your research on what is available around you!
Okay, okay, this isn't a lesson on styled shoots, just a rambled intro about how much more I love studio/model calls! This past weekend my great friend Melanie and I did just that! We booked some studio time at the gorgeous Password Please in downtown Cobourg, found our beautiful model Michelle, borrowed a dress from Blush Bridal in Newcastle and originally had a stunning bouquet from Quinn's Blooms in Cobourg. Our first date got snowed out after that insane storm a couple weeks ago, so instead we armed ourselves with some bunches of flowers from Costco and put it all together!
We created absolute magic! I'm still swooning over the images from the day. Having that more dedicated one on one time allowed us to explore our inspiration pictures more thoroughly, and work through any posing or lighting to get things just right. Direct flash is all the rage right now, so of course I wanted to play around a bit. As a 90s kid I remember very well the days of film and disposable cameras and over exposed flashes so I was hesitant to jump into this look too quickly. But I have to say, I think I'm back on board. It lends a certain vibe to the overall image that a fully lit or bounced flash just wouldn't be able to portray! Okay, I feel like I'm rambling again, the last time I had a blog was like 2003 when that was the cool new internet thing to do. With that said, enjoy some of my personal highlights from the day! And to any brides looking for a similar vibe, visit my contact page and let's chat about how to make this a reality for you!