I have always been secretly curious as to just what exactly goes on behind a styled shoot. It looks like it would be such a fun and creative outlet, but all I have ever seen is the finished product. Well, luckily, I can put to rest that curiosity because I recently got to join Blushington Blooms to help prepare the florals that they were donating to a styled shoot located in McKinney, Texas.
One early Thursday morning I joined Jayla and Brandi at the studio (where we arrange all the floral designs) to get to work on creating the designs that were going to be used. The people in charge of the styled shoot (Sisters Estate) wanted Blushington to create a bridal bouquet, a dinner table center piece, a small bar arrangement and a boutonniere.
Basically, what I learned is that usually styled shoots are unpaid, volunteered time and resources that you can give to participate in advertising your skill set. Now, in larger businesses who have more followers, they may have the ability to compensate their workers. However, in this instance it was not. So, when one is asked to donate flowers (in our case) you would first consider if the photographer, event planner, make-up artists and models are people you would want to network with. Questions to ask yourself are, would it promote my business well? Is it worth my time? Does it have good networking potential? Is it possible with my budget? If the answer to these is yes, than a styled shoot is a great investment to become apart of, namely for the marketing benefit of your business through the photos that will be posted to social media.
The styled shoot had a theme of southern country charm while keeping it classy. The colors were countless shades of cream and a nice crisp black.
For the flower arrangements we used a mix of the following:
Duchesse De Nemours Peonies
Playa Blanca Roses
White Majolica Spray Roses
Freesia - Double
Definitely the more I get to see Jayla and Brandi arrange flowers, the more I learn tips on shapes, color placement, texture and how to do away with obvious lines in bouquets and center pieces.
Below are some BTS of the floral arrangements we took.
We headed out to The Rosemary Barn venue in MicKinney, Texas around 3:00pm to get there early to set up for the start time of the shoot at 5:30pm. I loved meeting everyone there and getting to help set up the decorations and furniture for the shoot was fun. The venue was truly beautiful and the venue owner, Marcy Benson, was the sweetest lady who I dearly enjoyed conversing with.
The models they used for the shoot were discovered through a modeling agency and were only in high school! They were the cutest things and such good models (and at such a long age, they're gonna be pros one day ;) )
Here are some photos of the BTS at the styled shoot!
Overall, it was a perfect day for this lovely, southern shoot and I enjoyed being apart of it so much! The Photographer, Elle Boone, was such a sweet heart and a beautiful photographer! Here are a two shots of hers from the finished product!