Wedding days can be a bit hectic. You’ve got a ton of people that you have to control and get into certain places, you have a time frame, and emotions are high. We always get awesome photos, but sometimes I wish we could do more. We decided to do a styled shoot to give us that opportunity. With a styled shoot, you don’t have to worry about hundreds of people getting in your way, you have all day to do a shoot, and it’s not a real wedding so the couple isn’t stressed. Lucky for us, The Ravington, an amazing new venue, was just opening and was looking for photo opportunities. The Ravington styled shoot was a brand new experience for us.
The Ravington Styled Shoot
Honestly, I didn’t really know what I was doing when I started this whole styled shoot. I knew what I wanted to do as far as photos, but I really didn’t know how to put the whole thing together. I basically just started going to different vendors and asking them to be involved. I didn’t have much of a plan beyond that. It was a little stressful at times. We had one of our models drop out about two weeks before the shoot, so I was in a rush to find someone. Lucky for me, someone suggested the amazing Megan Gage to us. I actually was on vacation the week before the shoot and would get back the day before the shoot. As life always goes, something went wrong, and I didn’t get home until 10:30 the night before instead of the planned 3:00.
Once we got to the Ravington things went pretty smoothly. We tried to cover as much of The Ravington as possible and to do as many setups as we could. We did a combination of shots of each model individually, together, and then the details. Some of the shots were normal portraits, but then for a few shots, we did some complicated lighting, using up to four lights, something I could never do on a wedding day.
Dress and accessories: Tesori
Models: Megan Gage and Darby
Hair and Makeup: Emily Ross from Studio 8 Salon
Venue: The Ravington
Photographer: Striegler Photography
Tux: Mr. Tux
Coordinator: Angela Clark Events
Cake: Rick’s Bakery
Flowers: Zuzu’s Petals
In the future, we will be doing more styled shoots. My goal is to do 2-3 a year. This first one was a bit stressful, but I imagine they will get easier with more experience. One thing we will be improving on our next shoot is having more of a theme for our shoot. This time I didn’t really have a plan, but next time we will be creating something very different and creative. For our first styled shoot, I think The Ravington styled shoot was a success.