I’ve been tossing around the idea of doing a stylized shoot for a few months now, and I’m just starting to really consider doing one. For those that may not know what I am talking about, stylized shoots are planned and organized shoots that are meant to capture a certain look or create some kind of art. Unlike most sessions, where you’re trying to please the subject, stylized shoots are more for the photographer and other people. It’s a time to play. Today, I’ll be looking at stylized shoots for wedding photographers, mainly what I think I need to do to make it happen.
Stylized shoots for Wedding Photographers
I guess the first thing I would consider is whether a stylized shoot is something I really want to pursue. It doesn’t seem like it would be too overwhelming or too much work. There would be some time involved in the organization and planning of the whole event, but with some help, I think it could be put together in ten to twenty hours. The actual shoot might last two to three hours, so that’s not much of a commitment. The benefits should easily outweigh the effort. The way I look at it, it would be a great marketing tool that will benefit my business. I would end up with some amazing photos for my portfolio. In these stylized shoots, you work with models, high-end outfits and accessories, and a great location. It should be much easier than a shoot with a real bride, and it would give me a chance to experiment with some more creative shots. I would also make some stronger connections with other vendors that could lead to referrals.
The next step would be creating a theme or idea. There are a few ways I’ll probably go about this. The easiest one would be to look for stylized shoots on the Internet and try to do something similar. I wouldn’t want it to be exactly the same, but I could get some general ideas. Another easy option would be to reach out to some vendors and see if they had any ideas. A lot of them have probably been involved in a stylized shoot before or they might just have some great ideas.
Once I knew what I wanted to pursue or create, I would reach out to vendors to help create and collect everything. The amount of vendors involved would vary from shoot to shoot, but stylized shoots for wedding photographers would probably always involve getting a wedding dress, makeup and hair, and other accessories. I doubt it would be hard to find vendors. Most vendors are looking for exposure, and this way, they would get shots or their product and exposure through social media sharing of each vendor.
Stylized shoots for wedding photographers sound like a great idea. It wouldn’t involve too much time, effort, or money, but the end results could bring it thousands of dollars in business. I guess now I just need to actually start pursing all of this. Hopefully I will, and then I’ll update the blog with my opinion on the whole process.