Behind the Scenes of a Harvest Bliss Styled Shoot
A styled shoot is when a group of creatives come together to stage an event to obtain photos for advertising purposes or to build their portfolio. It gives each creative vendor a chance to try something new. It also provides the possibility to work with local vendors they’ve never worked with before. Usually the result is magic, and in this case, the result of that magic is true wedding harvest bliss!
Each styled shoot needs to start with some inspiration so that there is a clear vision. For this shoot, the focus was on combining traditional fall items with something bold. You’ll notice lots of pumpkins and dainty accents pieces side by side with black and white buffalo plaid linens. The main focal point; a bride with long blonde hair in a tulle dress wearing an eye-catching mustard cardigan. So how do we get the above vision to play out in real life?
You Need a Great Location
You can have an amazing vision in your mind but without the right location, it can be hard to pull off. Lucky for us we were able to use the beautiful cabin at Cove Pastures. This place is truly a gem, secluded in the woods of Garrett County, MD. It is a converted hunting cabin and there is a wood burning fireplace for heat.
Since there is currently no running water, our only option was an outhouse. In all honesty, nobody used the outhouse, even though we were out there for over 4 hours. Hmm, I guess nobody was brave enough? That or we all have healthy bladders, LOL. But all joking aside, there really is something truly magical being that close to nature.
Collaborate with Local Businesses
After you find a great location, you need to connect with local vendors. For a bare-bones shoot you need at a minimum a model, a photographer, and custom items. So what kind of items? In this case, we had vintage furniture, handmade items, wine, specialty cheeses, desserts, stationery items, a bouquet, a wedding dress, and homemade turkey harvest bisque soup. (yum!)
Be Ready for Moving Pieces, Literally
So now that you have your players and items, everyone pitches in to help move things around. It is quite literally a lot of heavy lifting. In the case of this shoot, certain furniture pieces were used in more than one setup. The more hands that get in there and help the better. Speaking of hands…
Give Each Other a Helping Hand
Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes to get the shot. Those of us behind the scenes were wearing whatever kept us warm, including proper footwear for a day in the woods. Our photographer Jessica had on an amazing pair of red rain boots, and then she didn’t. Because as you can see, the shot she wanted to get required her to stand on a log. For safety reasons, off came the boots, and in came the helping hands.
Embrace the Downtime
When there is downtime, you will often see people taking pictures on their cell phone of their products. It can take a few weeks, or more, to get back the professional pictures. Each person collaborating has an opportunity to use this shoot to create their own stock photos featuring their items. This is great for posting sneak peaks on social media.
For this shoot, it was amazing to have the wine because at the end of the day what are we going to do? You guessed it, drink it! We had delicious cheeses, homemade turkey harvest bisque, apple pie cake pops, pumpkin pie, and wine. We went from starving to stuffed within 30 minutes of the shoot being finished.
I hope you enjoyed learning about what goes on behind the scenes of a styled shoot. This was my first time at a shoot outdoors and it was so much fun. Check out part 2 of this shoot featuring all the gorgeous professional photos from that day.
Harvest Bliss Styled Shoot Vendors
Pies and Pops – Mountain Flour Baking Company
Soup & Homemade Artisan Crackers – Meadow Mountain Catering
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