Styled Shoots - What they're all about

Many of you have been following me for some time now, but there are quite a few new people here. Either way, I thought I should get deeper into what exactly a styled shoot is. Y’all have seen me participate and organize two and I have two more planned for this year, so stay tuned for all of that information coming your way!

Ottawa Wedding Photographer - Pine Lodge Resort

First thing’s first: a styled shoot is, at its core, a way for wedding vendors to get together and expand on their portfolios. From florists, to calligraphers to videographers, we all need content to showcase our talents and that can become difficult if you’re not a photographer. Vendors need beautiful imagery to display their work on their websites, social media, newsletters, etc and photographers need pretty accessories and details to shoot!

In comes a Styled Shoot. They can be elaborate and feature many vendors (our last one had 17 (!) vendors and two couples). Or they can be simple and only feature a few. Either way, these shoots are a way to expand on our portfolios and find creative ways to build it. They allow us to hand pick vendors, choose the look we’re going for and have fun without the pressure of “getting the shot”. This allows us to try new techniques, poses and editing.

Styled shoots are a quick pro quo contract. this is why you will see vendors tag each other and give out recommendations when you’re scrolling through isnta. All vendors get tagged and mentioned, plus we all get to hang out together. We don’t get to spend all that much time together, our jobs very rarely cross on the wedding day; so this is an opportunity to meet each other and create relationships between entrepreneurs.

The way I like to run my business is this : community over competition. I strongly believe there are enough weddings and clients out there for everyone so we shouldn’t be fighting each other for the spots! Those who book us wholeheartedly believe in our brand and I believe that’s true for all other vendors.

No that we’ve got that out of the way, we wanted to announce our two other styled shoots this year! The first actually just happened last week, at the Herb Garden and we are so excited! We’ve got an amazing list of vendors participating and we can’t wait to share it all. Head over to our Pinterest to see the inspiration for this shoot.

The second has yet to be determined on location and date, but we know we wanted to have it in the fall with an elopement feel with minimal vendors. We wanted to show that no matter what your budget is, you can get a beautiful day filled with love, so stay tuned for those details! Of course, we already have a Pinterest board for that one too!

Ottawa Wedding Photographer - Bean Town Ranch
Ottawa Wedding Photographer - Bean Town Ranch
Ottawa Wedding Photographer - Pine Lodge Resort
Sophie Fortier