Monday, 30 May 2011

Styled Shoots

I think I mentioned the styled shoots that I am arranging. Vaguely. I definitely shared some of my inspiration for them. But I definitely didn't explain them.

As plans are progressing for them, I thought I would explain....

At the beginning of May I sent out an email on Network Cornwall asking if anyone would be interested in putting together a few photo shoots. My aim, I explained, was that I wanted us to work together, to collaborate on ideas and help each other out. I wanted to build my portfolio by helping others build theirs. I offered them images that they could use for advertising and promotional purposes, along with exposure on a UK fashion or wedding blog. In return they would only have to lend me their products, and a small amount of their time.

What I had hoped for was exceeded within an hour. In 15 minutes I had had two enthusiastic responses. By the end of the day I had 10 interested vendors, and by the end of that weekend I had nearly 20! Now, at date, despite having had two participants drop out,  I have 23 vendors involved! What was plans for one shoot, quickly became plans for 5!

So let me share the plans so far, in no particular order:

#1.  50's All out vintage bridal shoot featuring a bespoke gown by Anna D'Souza and two cute vintage dresses from Two Little Birds Boutique

Image by Emma Case

#2. A 70's inspired gypsy shoot, featuring vintage clothes and accessories from Shabby Tiger Vintage.

Image from unknown; not mine

Image from unknown; not mine

#3. A 90's grunge inspired shoot with Pink Peppercorn Vintage

Image from unknown; not mine

#4. Classically themed bridal shoot with gowns from Bride! and Anna D'Souza

Image from unknown; not mine

#5. A retro shoot showcasing products and clothes from KIT's Boutique, with styling from KIT herself. This shoot has now become a competition for a couple planning a wedding.

Image from unknown; not mine

The couple that wins will receive their engagement photos fully styled, for free! KIT will style the couple, while Neila from Weddings by Neila will do their hair and make up for the day, and I will create their beautiful engagement photos! This will also give them the chance to meet some great wedding vendors, who they could then go on to use on their wedding day at a discounted price if they chose to do so.

(If you know of an engaged couple then please let them know about this competition! To enter they just need to send me an email to with a photo of them and the story of their engagement.)

Plus we also have the following other vendors involved:

Just Bunting
Lilac and Cream
Vintage Road Classics
Clare Webb Cornish Cultivation
Tracy Q Flowers
Big Fat Cake Company
Hayley's Cupcake bouquets
Shady Candle
Very Vintage Tea Time
Sarah Drew
Holly Young Hats
Pie Bird


Weddings by Neila
Jodie Hanson Hair
Julie Wieczorek Make Up
Denise Andrews from Ritzy Loxp
The Hair and Nail Studio

I am so excited about these shoots, but am also so exhausted by all the planning and co-ordinating that is now required! I am also really starting to feel the pressure, and hope to god that all of my planning pays off, and that the images turn out how I want them to! I will be completely devastated and quite frankly highly embarrassed if they don't!!

So- what do you think!? know of anyone else who would like to be involved?

Abiento x

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