High End Styled Wedding Shoot // Portland, Oregon
I finally shot a styled wedding session! Photography aside, I was always into editorial photos. Whether it was in magazines, the web or social media, editorials have always caught my eye. Why do I like them so much? It’s the creativity I see that makes it so great. One person has a vision for the shoot and puts everything into place. However, like most creative processes, this requires a team of creatives with good chemistry.
When I first started thinking about what I wanted to do, I must admit, it was pretty intimidating. It was a big, blank canvas, and I didn’t want to mess it up! So to calm myself down, I went to my inspo board. This includes checking out my favorite photographers on Instagram, notably Jeremy Chou, and also Pinterest. I want to add that Pinterest was SUPER helpful finding images that match my vision. My inspiration for the styled session was high end with a hint of boho, or ruins. Why this? I feel like this has good contrast and resembles me. One side of me loves the high end film, classy look, but at the same time, I like a hint of “bad”. These elements were achieved by collaborating with an AMAZING team!
First off, this would not be possible without the help of mentors. Naba and Kilen, a wedding photography and videography team, from Oregon and Washington helped me put everything together. They took my inspo board and put the team and location together. With their amazing help, I was able to see how the whole process works, from renting the dress to choosing the right models and vendors. Through them I was able to meet the amazing Suzanne Florals and model couple, Keri and Nick!
The “hard” part was putting everything together. I picture the process as a mountain. The haul going up the mountain is the creative process and getting people together, and the fun part, coasting down the mountain, is the day of shooting! That’s exactly how it went. When I was shooting, I felt so free. I had all the time in the world to be creative while Nick and Keri knew exactly what to do with the directions they were given. It was an amazing day.