Styled shooting for inspiration
This was only my second attempt at a styled shoot and there were two things I wanted to get right. One was that I wanted to be able to research a theme as inspiration. Get back to storyboarding, because I love that part of creativity. The second was that I wanted to use suppliers local to Leicester.
I realise that 1920s for wedding inspiration has been covered before, but I felt it was something that many brides had still not come across. There were two local venues that had an Art Deco style and their approach to customer service could not have been more different. One was only interested in if I would pay a complete venue hire fee. The other, saw the benefit in having their venue shown off to potential brides. They helped with getting a date that it was empty to use and went out of their way on the day of the shoot and beyond. I certainly know which venue I would recommend to couples planning their day. The City Rooms in Leicester was perfect and I owe them a huge thanks for letting us take over their beautiful rooms.
I had worked with One Stop Wedding Shop and Uneeq Jewellery before, so I knew they would be supportive and want to get involved. The thing about a styled shoot is that whilst I wanted to do this, expecting people to give up their time and loan of their items for free is a big ask. You don’t know if the images will get featured, or if any potential couples will see them, so I really appreciate those that do get involved. A big thanks therefore goes out to Gertrude’s Attic and Lily in the Looking Glass, who had never worked with me before, but took time out of their own schedules to get the gorgeous feathered headpieces and invitations made just for the shoot.
Working with a stylist was a first for me and when Powder Blue said they wanted to help and let me have access to any of the items in their amazing shop, I was thrilled. The sets looked stunning and if you are ever at Allandale Road shops, you have to visit this shop.
Getting up early on your day off is just one of the things I have to thank the ladies from Boudoir Hair & Beauty, in Syston, for. Not only did they give time in their salon diary for a hair trial, but they appeared smiling on a Sunday morning to make our model look stunning with curls and make-up styled to perfection for the 1920s inspired shoot.
As for our model, this girl is a talent. She is also a wedding singer and even played us a tune on the grand piano at the City Rooms.
Well I am so pleased to be writing this blog, knowing that putting myself out there to ask businesses to get involved has paid out. Not only did we have a great day and we have a set of images to show to brides how creative their styling can be, but I was so excited and grateful to the wonderful Adore by Chloe for featuring the shoot. Your exposure means it is a big thank you to all of the people who were part of the shoot, to have their work out there.
Sometimes doing work for no fee is a great boost and I look forward to many more shoots and collaborations to be able to help myself and other businesses keep moving forward.