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How To Photograph A Styled Shoot

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Styled shoots are an amazing way to build your portfolio as well as building your vendor relationships. You may be wondering the same question I had, “How do I get asked to photograph a styled shoot?”.

One very easy way to get into styled shoots is to befriend your local wedding coordinators. They are usually the ones putting everything together. If they don’t know about you and your business, they aren’t going to reach out. They are not googling for local photographers. They have worked and met so many photographers that when they are planning a styled shoot, they have an idea of which photographers will match their style.

When you are asked to photograph a styled shoot, you need to ask what their end goal is for the photos. Publication? Blog? Magazine? Then look up previous issues or posts from that publication to see what style and feel they have throughout their site. They are going to want something similar for their audience.

During the styled shoot, it is ALL about the details. You need to photograph every single aspect of the styled shoot. From floral arrangements, to silverware, to details in seating, and the venue itself. All of the vendors are coming together to create one fantastic art piece. It’s your job to provide them with photos they can use to showcase their contribution to the group.

Before the session, check in with the planner to see if they or the publication have requested any specific photos. Then make sure to have those on your shot list. Speaking of a shot list, do not rely on your memory during the session. Plan ahead and make a list of important photos you want to get and then reference that list during the shoot. No one if going to think you are any less professional if you pull a list out of your pocket. Many will be impressed with how prepared you are.

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Now that you’ve shot the styled shoot and you edited all the photos. DO NOT post anything on social media yet! You want these photos to be introduced as the publication/feature and not just an Instagram post.

Now submitting the photo will be different for who the publication is. If it’s a local magazine/blog they may allow you to send them a link to an online gallery or just email a few photos. If you are planning to submit to a national/international brand, my opinion would be to submit via a wonderful and super easy service called, Two Bright Lights. (They are not sponsors, although TBL I’m open to it haha)

When submitting your photos, submit a story along with it. Publishers are going to want something to write about. It’s hard to draw a narrative from a photo of a black candle stick on a picnic table. In addition to your story, include ALL the vendors and their social media handles and websites for proper credit.

Oh, and have fun!

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New York City Engagement Photos

We’re celebrating 5 years and 100 weddings at All Heart Photography and I want to gift you some free engagement photos mini sessions!

I live for adventure and my style is just that, adventurous and fun. I know you’re not going to feel comfortable in front of the camera. Nobody really does, that’s why models get paid to do it well. My aim is not to “pose” you, but rather to guide you to get you relaxed and having fun during the session. As soon as you walk up, you are now my friends and I’ll treat you just like that.

I will set up shop on the south side of Central Park, (I’ll email you the exact location once you book your spot) Sunday afternoon from 2:00-6:00pm, September 30th.

You will receive a 30 minute mini session, around 20-30+ photos from the session for free. No catch. No strings. Just photos of you and your beloved. You will also receive a printing release so you can print and post online.

Until We Wed has partnered with me to provide an amazing and unique bouquet for you to use during your session. You really have to check out Laura’s work. She’s makes some incredible pieces.

To RSVP for a timeslot, visit There are only 6 available so contact us before they are all booked!

Can’t wait to see you out there!

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I first met Jessie and Josh one night when my wife and I had gone out for a date night without our son. We went to dinner, then to a coffee shop where we literally bumped into Jessie. Two hours later and we were ending our conversation with our new friends so we could go relieve the babysitter.

It has been amazing getting to watch their relationship grow from dating, to engagement, and now to marriage!  I was beyond excited when they asked me to be their photographer. I try to get to know my couples before their wedding so that I can really capture moments that speak their true personalities. That was not hard with these two since I had known them for a couple years before their wedding.

They met and started dating through working at Chick-Fil-A together. And Chick-Fil-A was present in their decorations and in their cocktail hour appetizers. I had to snag a few nuggets myself.

As we pulled up to the chapel the heavens opened up and all the rain fell so we had to get a fun rain photo later during the reception.