Styled shoots can get a bad rap, but I’ll give you several reasons why I think they are a good idea:
- Make your creative dreams become reality and give couples ideas for their wedding.
- Collaboration and reciprocity builds trusted referral networks to share with your couples.
- Explore new venues or locations and be inspired.
- Opportunities to think outside the box and flex your creative muscles.
- Experiment with photography tricks and posing ideas.
- Photograph what you love often and strengthen your talents.
- Creative freedom and a little bit more time than on a regular wedding day.
I’ve been doing conceptual styled shoots long before I began photographing weddings. I’ve had Pinterest since the beginning and it’s a wonderful tool to build my mood boards and share with the team or my couples. You might say my love for creating artful stories has brought amazing couples my way. They were intrigued by my photography style and vision and it has led me in the direction of my dreams. Like this monochrome shoot I had planned for a few years until I found just the right location for the shoot on Long Island.
Days Like These
Styled shoots are not easy to plan, it takes a lot of time, work and money. Coordinating schedules, dealing with the weather and what goes into a shoot before and after the day is done is an investment. Here’s where reciprocity comes in. Everyone that contributed their hard work and talents has equal skin in the game. For everyone to be successful, we must share the love and support one another. It’s as easy as commenting on their posts, sharing their work, tagging and mentioning all the team members when they post photos to social media. As they say, it takes a village and each person plays an integral role in the success of the shoot.
Patience and persistence is key in submitting to blogs. I’ve learned how to write content, and photograph weddings and styled shoots to get published. I have learned what blogs are looking for and try to stay up to date on the latest styles and forge my own trends. It’s not a guarantee I will get every styled shoot published. I submitted this one to four different publications and finally decided it was time to let this one be seen instead of waiting another month to get word back from a publication. Some things just can’t wait any longer.
I’m looking forward to offering workshops to teach photographers how to come up with a vision, plan and create their own styled shoot. I look forward to coming up with a unique vision and bringing a talented team together for this workshop. Photographers will take away knowledge for posing, shooting details, flat lays and artful storytelling. Classes will be very small and intimate so everyone has the opportunity to shoot 1 x 1 and take away beautiful imagery, learn new skills and knowledge for submitting to blogs. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops the end of 2019 and early 2020 by signing up for my e-mail newsletter.
Thank you to this Incredible Dream Team
Photographer + Creative Direction – Corey Lynn Tucker Photography
Video – JF3 Productions
Venue – The Lin Beach House
Hair – Upstyle Hair + Makeup
Make-up – Erica T. Martell, Makeup Artist
Jumpsuit – Ines Di Santo
Wardrobe Styling – Beth Lindsay Chapman
Bridal Boutique- The White Dress by the Shore
Suit – Vera Wang
Suit Shop – Jos. A. Bank
Florist – Flowers by Justine
Calligrapher – Black Tulip Calligraphy
Rentals – Together LLC.
Couple – Katie Shanley + Ben Willis