Five Things I Learned From My First Styled Shoot

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I must say, I was a bit nervous doing my first styled shoot. I mustered up enough courage to post that I was interested in doing a styled shoot in one of our local wedding vendor groups and boom, a few photographers reached out to me. I was floored. I thought to myself...okay, this is actually going to happen. I reached out to the first photographer who expressed interest in working with me and we met for coffee to discuss our ideas. We hit it off right away and knew that we wanted to work together. Faria Munmun was a joy to work with. We gave ourselves plenty of time to get everything together, which was key. The next step was finding a venue and a date. I started searching online and stumbled upon Rancho Las Lomas. This place was dreamy, romantic and perfect for the shoot. Oh, and did I mention the venue is also a zoo?! I sent an email to the venue manager, and she replied that same day! I was so amazed & excited. I couldn't believe that the first venue I ever contacted said yes, immediately. This definitely got the ball rolling for us as we started to scout out all of the vendors for the shoot. Before you knew it, we had our whole team with much time left. I was so grateful that other vendors wanted to come along side of us and provide their services for our shoot. The day finally arrived, and it was flawless. It was such an honor to be surrounded by so many talented people and to see everything come together was truly magical. At the end of the shoot, we all hung out in the bridal suite, listened to music and ate the wedding cake and desserts! Huge shout out to Batter Up Bakery for doing a phenomenal job on the cakes and mini desserts. As the day came to an end, I realized that I learned so much and wanted to share my knowledge with you. Here are 5 things I learned:

1. The WHY & HOW Factor

Figure out why you want to do a styled photo shoot. Maybe you are new to the industry and you are trying to build your portfolio. Perhaps, you decide that you want to get published in a blog or a magazine. These are the two main reasons I've seen vendors collaborate on a styled shoot. The other important this I learned is to figure out if the shoot is paid or non-paid? Some vendors pay for Ford models while other vendors use real couples. The most popular way is to have a non-paid shoot, but all participating vendors will receive high resolution images and if there is a videographer, then a video as well. I have also seen some vendors help pay for the flowers, because that is an out-of-pocket expense. Which ever way you decide, make it clear to all participating vendors. 

2. Vendor Scouting

Finding vendors that match your brand is very important. These images will most likely end up on your website, social media outlets, portfolio or marketing materials so you want to make sure they accurately reflect your company. You can look at their portfolio or most times instagram is a great indicator of one's style. 

3. Marketing

By doing a styled shoot, it is a great way for other vendors to see you in action. It's basically free marketing for your company. So always make a good impression!

4. Relationship Building

During the span of organizing and getting ready for the styled shoot, I met some amazing people. After sending out so many emails, it was refreshing to meet them all in person. That day was the start of many friendships. We now follow each other on social media and some even refer clients to one another. This was my favorite about the styled shoot, meeting the person behind the company. 

5. Creativity

Styled shoots are great for trying new things.  You can take one idea and run with it :) In the end, you want to have fun while working hard!

Here's the video of my very first styled shoot, I hope you love it: 

Participating Vendors:

Photographer | Faria Munmun |

2nd Photographer | Kenny Gulley |  facebook:

Wedding Planner/Coordinator | Chante Gulley |

Venue| Rancho Las Lomas |

Stationery | Emma Bauso |

Calligrapher | Jessica Smith |

Florist | Kat Castagnoli |

Vintage Rentals-Furniture | Vintage Owl Rentals |

Bridal Jewerly | Everistta Bridal |

Tableware & Dessert Stands | Cherished Rentals |

Bridal Accessories | The Blushing Bird |

Bakery | Batter up Bakery |

Gift Basket| Salt and Pepper Co |

Hair and Make Up | Cheek to Cheek Artistry |

Models | Lyndi & Joesph Loomis | facebook:

Groom's Attire | The Black Tux |

Bridal Attire Designer | Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner |

Videographer | Jennifer Demo Photography |

As always, I would like to leave you with a quote:

"Individually we are one drop, but together we're an ocean" - Author Unknown


XOXO, Chante Gulley, Chief Executive Planner of Forever Taeken Wedding & Events

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