Jewels Gray: Rock Your Styled Shoots!
- on August 24, 2020
- Categories: Ambassador Blog
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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] Jewels Gray is a Spider Ambassador. Learn more about her, and see a behind-the-scenes video here.
Getting startedWhen I first started out on my own, I didn’t have a full wedding to show. I had always been a Second Shooter, so I only had a lot of detail shots or candids. I didn’t have the wide “money” shots and portraiture to complete the collection. Styled shoots helped me have something to show potential clients of what a full wedding collection might look like. I still use the first one I ever did as an album Studio Sample. Putting them together can be a daunting task all on its own. It can take months to put one together, but they’re totally worth it! The pros definitely out-weigh the cons (I can’t really think of any to be honest), from building relationships with vendors, to getting those photos published!
What’s your concept?First you need to come up with a concept. What inspires you? Is there something or somewhere you have always wanted to shoot? Perhaps you’d like a good excuse to get on a Venue’s Preferred List? Or maybe you just want to do something crazy and different? I am inspired by unique locations, fashion, and movies.
Making it happenOne of my most favorite Styled Shoots to date is “Gold Rush Glam”. The Planner I worked with and I met over coffee to get to know each other and we got to talking about doing a styled shoot. She had always wanted to do this theme, so we brainstormed some ideas for props, locations, etc. It wasn’t long before we were giggling and totally nerd-ing out on the details! We worked together for at least 4 months to find the perfect location and get all the details together. It started with the story of “Jenna & Noah”, traveling by train across country during the Gold Rush. We brought a modern twist to it with adding a little “Glam” (aka gold glitter). That’s our concept. Imagine all the little details you could incorporate from that? It makes me think of gold nuggets, wood & cast iron textures, a gold pan, oil lamps, pick ax, luggage, cow skulls and outlaws… From there we needed a venue. We wanted a little chapel that had some exposed brick. Those are harder to find that you think. So we did all the inside shots at an urban and industrial Venue in downtown Denver, and threw an outside shot of a chapel into the collection to instill the idea of it (you would never know if I didn’t tell you!). After that, it wasn’t hard “selling” our concept to get other Vendors on board. Just like a wedding, once you get the venue and a date, all the other elements can come together.
Benefits for vendors too!The benefit for Vendors is that they get to also show off their work, gain exposure for their business, and get professional portfolio shots of their product. We had some ideas of what we wanted, and gave those to each vendor as a guideline, but ultimately we let them do it their way. You have to be a little flexible and let each element do it the way they want to be presented. The perfect example of this is the flowers – we met with our Florist and gave them some color and texture ideas, but it was their gorgeous design skills that made it happen and tied the other elements together. We also tried to consider current trends happening in the wedding market, both in Colorado and Nationally. That way it would have relevance and current potential Brides would be interested in seeing it. We had multiple vendors involved (basically almost everything you might see on an actual wedding day): [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_column_text]
- Models (x2)
- Furniture rentals
- Groom’s Formalwear
- Printer (invitations, etc.)
- 2nd Venue
- Wedding Dress
- Hair & Makeup