Website Photoshoot: Behind The Scenes
So... I'd had a whirlwind couple of years. I'd left my previous job to follow my passion. I had set up my new business making bridal accessories, built a studio, developed my collections, found stockists for my accessories, created an Etsy shop, was selling to wonderful brides, I'd branded and rebranded, met so many wonderful wedding suppliers, built a network of friends in the wedding industry, and even won an award for my creations. And all alongside having my first baby!
However... there was a but... and it was a big one... I still hadn't got round to building my own website!
So in June 2018 I met with one of my favourite photographers, Arianna Fenton, and asked if she wouldn't mind working with me to create the content for my new website. I already had lots of images from numerous photoshoots, however I was after a stock of pictures that captured my brand. I love Arianna's work, it's always so natural yet atmospheric and she's amazing to work with on shoots. I was thrilled when she said yes and very quickly a plan was formed about the look we were after and the suppliers we'd love to have on board.
Being an accessories designer, the hairstyles were really important to me and I wanted them to look minimal and timeless with a contemporary feel. As soon as I'd starting planning the shoot I knew there was only one person who I wanted to style the hair and that was Hairbyemmac. Emma and I have worked together from the very beginning of both of our businesses and we did our first ever photoshoot together. It's great when you meet someone on the same creative page as you and I knew that, whilst I couldn't describe EXACTLY what I wanted, she'd design the perfect styles for my website.
Amy Potter is a genius with makeup and so much fun to work with. I asked Amy for a subtle look that would accentuate our models' natural beauty and pick up the colours in the flowers and I love the looks she created. Our two beautiful models were Emily Hardisty (who we've worked with many times before and it's always a pleasure) and Sasha Ingham (who travelled a very long way to work with a completely new team and we're so grateful as she was awesome).
When I was putting together a mood board for the shoot I kept being drawn to the idea of a warehouse type setting with textured walls with peeling plaster contrasting with all the beauty of a bridal shoot. I knew I wanted a beautiful contemporary flower arch and Lin from Sweet Pea Floral Studio didn't disappoint. She used the most gorgeous flowers that complimented my brand colours and provided us with the perfect focal point for the shoot. She even put a bit of greenery on the stunning and gigantic helium balloon provided by Snazzy Balloons (literally the biggest balloon I've ever seen!)
The beautiful gowns for the shoot were provided by The Bridal Studio. Tara has an exquisite selection of dresses including two of my all time favourite Wendy Makin gowns, the Suzanne and the Toulouse. Each so different, one being a heavily embellished, fishtailed number and the other a very simple and flowing dress, yet both equally stunning.
When it came to shoot day it was a loooooong one! It was an 8am start for me and Lin and we didn't finish until around 5pm. I had checklist after checklist of all my accessories and who was wearing what, to make sure that none were left out. Yet everyone was so patient with me and it was so much fun that I can honestly say it was my favourite shoot to date. I'm completely in love with the images and I think it just goes to show what you can achieve when you love what you do and you work with an amazing team of creatives.
So go... look through the website.. and enjoy looking at the images now that you know a little about what went into capturing them!