VENDOR OPEN THREAD: We want to see your styled shoots! #Marketing & PR#Wedding industry advice#marketing#photography#wedding industry September 23 2013 | Ariel arielmstallings Alice In Wonderland styled shoot by Jenna Michele Photography I wrote a post today on Offbeat Bride about why we don't publish styled shoots. As I hope I made clear in that post, as a longtime marketing fiend, I personally love seeing styled shoots. I love seeing the kinds of work that offbeat vendors want to be doing — especially vendors who work in more traditional markets, where they just might not have as many opportunities to show off their nontraditional tastes with real clients. So, yeah: styled shoots are totally great marketing materials, and as someone who loves some good marketing, I love 'em in that context. That in mind, I totally want to see your offbeat styled shoots! Leave a comment with a link to your best styled work, and I'll be featuring some of my favorites here in the Offbeat Empire's Wedding Industry post series … Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Author of the Offbeat Bride book, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. You can get to know her better on her Insta stories. PREVIOUS How we do stock photography NEXT XOXO Festival: reconciling my two industries Show/Hide comments [ 34 ] I haven't yet found people in my area who are remotely interested in doing styled shoots. I'm sure they are around. I'm just going to have to to out there more and network. (Milwaukee, WI). 3 agree Tell me more… I currently live in Germantown, WI Hi Amelia! My name is Angela, and I am not too far away (North West side of Milwaukee). How awesome to find another local on OffBeat! I am a stationer- feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Any other locals reading this post? ::pokes the internet:: Ha! I'm in Milwaukee too! Weird to see us repped so heavy right at the top of the comments. 🙂 1 agrees Woot! It's funny, but also, a couple of weeks ago I did run into a Racine photographer in the chatroom of a CreativeLive webinar. I've been rolling around the internet for years without really running into other local vendors… apparently this is the month. Per your request… some styled shoots (I did the cakes)… in many of them, the florist is the "bride" and her husband is the "groom" http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2013/01/elegant-tim-burton-inspired-wedding-inspiration/ http://www.unitedwithlove.com/2011/08/25/dc-wedding-inspiration-alice-in-wonderland-tea-party/ http://greenweddingshoes.com/valentines-day-bridal-shower-punk-marie-antoinette/ 1 agrees Kristin, your cakes are unbelievably frickin' gorgeous! Oh, I've done loads of 'em – they are fun; a great way to get to know other vendors, express a little creativity, and of course create blog fodder. I separate them out in my website galleries so they don't get confused with the real weddings, and have an editorial tag in my blog as well: http://www.bridalbyliz.com/tag/editorial/ Mad skillz, Liz. Holy cow that first before and after! Thank you, Lindsay! Gahhh, I have to append my post because I just got pix back from a recent shoot that was very OBB-ish. I mean, *unicorns and rainbows.* DUDE. We had so damn much fun! http://www.bridalbyliz.com/2013/09/rainbow-unicorn-themed-vt-styled-shoot-featured-on-inspired-by-this/ ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME WITH THIS MAGIC. 2 agree Hi again, here are two styled shoots. The first one is put together by a local planner (http://www.dianamarieevents.com/) who dedicates loads of time towards marriage equality for the LGBTQ community and I would love to get her featured as a reward for all her efforts. The second one is the alice in wonderland shoot from a while back, but it fits offbeat's style imo! Thanks a bunch. 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.572988992724216.1073741842.144214988934954&type=3 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.202681039755015.48505.144214988934954&type=3 Oh the ruffley shoes! The totally glitzed out purple wedding raises my heartrate though. So much hottness. I've had a blast working with a couple different photo groups doing themed and group shoots. Here are a few examples. I love themed weddings and would love to photograph more. I'm especially enamored of all things vintage, steampunk, gothic, and fantasy. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150370694584857.366904.128399049856&type=3 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150855113054857.429225.128399049856&type=3 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150380975459857.369039.128399049856&type=3 Here's an all time favorite session we did with a WWII era biplane. http://www.jcastrophotography.com/events/engagements/luxury-themed-sessions-melanie-matt-wwii-vintage-engagement/ 1 agrees I'm a wedding planner and co-founder of An Awfully Big Adventure: Wedding Planning and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. We specialize in non-traditional weddings and love doing nerdy stylized shoots! Here is one related to our business name: a Peter Pan themed Backyard Wedding shoot!: http://www.bigadventureweddings.com/gallery/stylized-photoshoots/. More photos from the shoot can be found on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.424479987671409.1073741835.400701476715927&type=3. YAY! I'm a wedding filmmaker (Jakfoto Films – transitioning to The Adventures Of) and I've taken part in a number of styled shoots. Here are a couple "Geek Chic" projects that I think Offbeat Brides will appreciate: Doctor Who Wedding Inspiration: http://bit.ly/doctor-who-wedding Game Of Thrones Wedding Inspiration: http://bit.ly/18T1YCR Our videos are based on emotion and STORY, so when I commit to a styled shoot, I know there has to be a story attached to it. That's why I wrote vows for both of these pretend weddings, based on the inspiration material. That's also why I prefer shoots with real couples, not models pretending to be a couple. The best moments are *between* the posed shots! I'd also like to note that for both of these shoots I collaborated with photographer Candice Benjamin and a few other vendor friends and we put our own money into making our geeky vision a reality. It's surprising what we came up with on a small budget. For the Doctor Who wedding especially, almost everything we did could easily be replicated, even on a budget. (and if you want to know more about it, I'm happy to answer questions!) 1 agrees The Game of Thrones wedding is amazing! Hey vendors who are commenting! As a lowly un-wedding vendor, please mention in your first sentence what role you played in the styled shoots you're linking (example: Kiera's post above ^^^). I would like to know what I'm looking for pre-click. I assume this will also make it easier for your potential clients (should there be any lurking) to find your work. Gracias! 4 agree I love doing styled shots with my dresses and our dedicated team. Whenever we get together it turns in to a mini (working) but fun break for us all. Even our husbands get involved and help too! We once had a model stuck on a train, so we went out in to the streets and found someone, it made her day!!!! http://www.aliceinweddingland.co.uk/wedding-style-victorian-styled-wedding/#more-13533 http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2013/06/whitby-gothic/ oooh! my styled shoot manifesto with a gorgeous plus size bride: http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/lauren-mcglynn-photography/ and I recently did another one for La Belle Epoque that we're having trouble finding a home for… possibly because her work is a tad on the quirky side, I'm not sure but you can see her pictures here: http://www.labelleepoquevintage.co.uk/products 1 agrees Just realized I should be talking her into an OBB vendor listing RIGHT NOW 1 agrees I'm a custom wedding dressmaker and I always do some sort of styled shoot before the dress goes to the wedding. That way, if the wedding photos turn out to be duds I still have some great shots of each unique dress for my own portfolio. I loved the shoot my photographer Kent Corley (www.kentcorley.com) did with my bride Lila Rose! For Lila Rose, I made an 80's inspired hot pink, green, and orange mini dress with a removable train and pleated stand up collar. Oh and a custom veilette. Did I mention the space bustle? Some of the styled studio pics can be seen on my website here: http://www.brooksann.com/the-portfolio Lila Rose is currently gathering her pitch together to have the wedding featured on your blog, so keep an eye out for it! I create custom wedding bouquets and bridal accessories, which I offer on Etsy. I had an alternative bridal photo shoot last year with a few other alternative bridal vendors and a large group of models. The photos turned out great! Some of the photos were included in a blog post… : ) http://wedeclectic.com/2012/05/15/photos-from-a-fun-alternative-bridal-photoshoot/ Like you said we don't often get to choose what we do for clients. Many times their choices are absolutely beautiful, but sometimes it is fun to do our own thing. Here is a link to a bright colored paisley styled shoot we did this April. I think it is a modern way to do pink without being too girly. Hope you like it. http://takethecakeevents.blogspot.com/2013/07/modern-bright-styled-shoot-at-nevada.html We were also featured in a local magazine (Reno Mag) last year with a Great Gatsby styled shoot. Here is that link. http://www.pageturnpro.com/Reno-Gazette-Journal/45594-Reno-Magazine-Party-Issue–2012/index.html#26 We did a bohemian-themed stylized shoot at the venue I work at last year. I really enjoyed it, but some of the set ups are a little unrealistic to what we actually allow couples to do (mostly where the table set up is we don't allow receptions!) That said, it was a really fun project: http://marisataylorphotography.blogspot.com/2012/05/bohemian-styled-wedding-delaware.html This Valentine's blog entry was a sort of love letter/eye candy for my clients. All of the photos came from a styled shoot with a former Offbeat Bride client as the model. I am the photographer, but I also created the headpiece, wristlet and headpiece, as well as styled the wings from a repurposed Victoria's Secret display that I found on eBay, which are atttached by an ostrich feather boa that I found for $15 on craiglist. http://www.milestoneimages.us/blog/?p=7403 Well, Im guessing you just want wedding inspiration shoots, if so, Ill offer up these Marie Antoinette bridals…. http://talleyimages.blogspot.com/2012/08/marie-antoinette-bridals-columbus-ms.html Gothic wedding couple in a cemetery http://www.addietalley.blogspot.com/2011/05/wedding-pics.html But if you are looking for other fun stuff – twisted fairytales, seven deadly sins and the like, then check out my facebook page: Addie Talley, Photographer or the blogs: http://www.addietalley.blogspot.com or http://www.talleyimages.blogspot.com Here's a link to an Alice in Wonderland styled shoot that I put together earlier this year. I designed and made all the gowns, hair pieces and accessories. I love working on styled shoots, but generally don't do weddingy ones. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151845653457222.1073741826.10167442221&type=3 I've also been involved in a vintage high tea shoot and a shoot for a friend who makes amazing cupcakes recently too. I made all the hair pieces and accessories for both of these – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.583581708366587.1073741840.128030190588410&type=1 For the month of October, Sparkle Bridal Couture, a plus size bridal shop in Sacramento, invited me to display a Steampunk themed wedding window showcase. This display features invitations, menus, place cards, a cake, a bridal bouquet and much more! This is the Flickr photo set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/celiaroseinc/sets/72157636408860085/ This is Sparkle's Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/sparklebridal/sparkle-goes-steampunk/ My blog post: http://celiaroseinc.blogspot.com/2013/10/celebrating-steampunk-at-sparkle-bridal.html There will be a video to accompany this. When it is finalized I will link to it as well. The fact that a plus size bridal shop is a thing that exists makes me really happy. Love your window display! Hello hello, I have a fabulous editorial shoot that you might like to see. Definitely offbeat 😉 The making of video: and the smaller part of it on my blog, I have not managed to blog the big part yet. http://www.siegridcainphotography.com/spirit-of-the-forest/ all shot on film btw. I had an idea for a black wedding dress shoot in my head for a while – this whole thing came together in less than a week… http://www.fatchett.com/blog/2013/02/the-big-black-dress-shoot/ 1 agrees Comments are closed.