What is a Styled Shoot?
In short – a styled shoot occurs when creatives and vendors come together to produce beautiful pictures showcasing an event, venue, items and overall – their individual chosen “craft”.
How To Styled Photo Shoot in Arizona
The example we are going to use today is from a Styled Shoot I participated in – in Scottsdale, AZ
There are MANY different people involved in making a Styled Shoot happen:
ORGANIZER : Every Styled Shoot has an organizer or 2 !! The organizer pulls together individuals, creatives and vendors from their own network and creates a unique opportunity for them to work together and become associated with each other! Then come away with photos they can all share and blast across social media – which then enables exposure to multiple individual’s networks.
Dana & Jo are Wedding Photographers – you can find them HERE @ Buchanan Photography.
They are VERY resourceful and absolutely amazing photographers as you can see from these pictures. Make sure you book early as their dates fill fast.
PHOTOGRAPHER : Our Organizer was also our photographer – so this was EASY!
MOST of the photographs in this article came directly from Dana & Jo!
VENUE : The place where you gather to pull together the styled shoot can be as simple as a backyard or as frivolous as a very expensive Wedding Venue. Often, for a styled shoot, the venue fee may be waived esp if the photographer is willing to provide some un-watermarked pictures for the venue to use. However, if this is the case, expect for the date/time to be somewhat last minute – most likely based on when they have a cancellation.
We were blessed to use The Clayton House as our venue for this styled shoot. We were also blessed to utilize The Airstream Photo Booth AZ which is an incredible mobile photo booth unlike any other. The Photo Booth can fit up to 14 people INSIDE it – which makes for some really fun wedding party pics.
STYLIST : Your Stylist can make or break the shoot – they help pull the wardrobe of all those involved together to look cohesive and GOOD! They add little pops of color and know what color to use the most and where. Stylists are BORN with this innate knowledge of what goes well together. They have a knack for making the right things pop and others fade into the background. A GOOD shoot should NOT be without one.
Those 3 are the TOP 3 creatives/vendors you need for a how to styled photo shoot in arizona. Once you have secured those three – you can start working on planning the details.
MAKEUP ARTIST : A Makeup Artist is essential for ANY styled shoot. No matter HOW gorgeous your models are – having a makeup artist on hand for touch-ups is KEY! Makeup has great power and with the right makeup artist – your models will look EVEN more amazing!!
For our event – NONE of the creatives/vendors were paid. I was blessed to be the makeup artist for this event and I had a BLAST getting these gorgeous models ready for this styled shoot. We went with soft eyes, lips and an overall barely-there makeup look.
HAIR : For styled shoots, a hairstylist isn’t a necessity – but their insight is always soooo valuable – I highly encourage you to seek one out! Hairstylists see the little things that’ll pull the entire group/shoot all together.
All the girls arrived with hair beautifully done – and I watched in amazement as our talented Hairstylist added little touches here and there that MADE our shoot! They truly were the perfect additions. @beautybybobby – you were amazing!!! A braid here – a bobby pin there . . .
VIDEOGRAPHER : This is an extra – but in our day/age of everything video – it’s a wonderful thing to include if you can. VIDEO is life, right?
All the Details and MANY more . . .
ATTENTION TO DETAILS : Depending on the type of shoot – the details you’ll need to cover will vary. Our particular shoot was a wedding styled shoot – so our details will surround that.
FLOWERS: A Wedding Bouquet, a Boutineer for the groom and flowers throughout the venue are ESSENTIAL for a wedding styled shoot.
Our florist chose to use succulents in the wedding bouquet and it was THE PERFECT touch. @azflorations was great to work with & added little floral touches throughout the Airstream. The flowers are the ONLY thing on our shoot that were paid for – all the time was donated.
FOOD : Every Event utilizes food – using it in a styled shoot helps the shoot seem MORE realistic. Food can be beautiful and beautiful food is enticing – so do not forget to add this element into your styled shoot.
Not Your Mommas Apples was the food vendor utilized for this styled shoot. @yo.apples Who knew that Caramel Apples could be so elegant. PERFECT for every wedding. I mean all you have to do is EYE this set up and you KNOW you want one . . . The photographers even had the wedding party open a bottle of bubbly. SO much fun to shoot.
MODELS : No Styled Shoot would work without models willing to dress up & play their part! I would highly encourage you to “BOOK” a few extra models for your event – as we did have a few that were sick as well as had other things come up that prevented them from attending. It’s always better to have too many than too few!!
Thanks to our models: @Leah_darling, @seventhavebeauty, @ccbeannnnn, @ezekialgrado, @cedric_cullin, @Thedavidjohn, @Basacket and ANY others we may have missed. You were so much fun to work with!!!
And a few more of my favorites just because :
WHY do people do Styled Shoots?
There are multiple reasons why vendors and creatives might choose to participate.
- Pad their Portfolio – No matter your specialty, it’s always great to have examples of your work to show potential clients.
- Exposure – plain and simple – when pictures of your “craft” are shared by multiple people ALL over the web – the exposure is GREAT. Usually this exposure gets leads and customers for all involved in the styled shoot.
- Connections – Networking is a HUGE part of any business. When a customer is asking for a photographer you love, or a florist you enjoy working with – THESE type of events allow for great networking and help you to see who YOU’d choose to have on hand to work with at events.
The MOST Important Question is WHEN are YOU going to do one?
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**You can find ALL vendors/creatives (those who participated in this how to Styled photo Shoot in arizona) below: @theclayton_house – venue, @theairstreamphotoboothaz – venue, @buchananphoto – photographers, ME @singoutintherain – Makeup, @theeventcoaz, @azflorations – flowers, @beautybybobby – hair, @arrayofstyle, @yo.apples – Gorgeous, yummy caramel apples, @joyfilmz – videographer, @rosetuxedo, @luvbridal, @bellabridesmaids #bellascottsdale