So if you follow me on Twitter and you’ve been on in the past 2 days, you’ve probably seen tons of Retweets from me with the #engage11 hashtag. Long story short, it’s like a conference for luxury wedding professionals. Something that caused a little bit of a ruckus yesterday was regarding “styled” shoots- what I like to refer to as “inspiration” shoots. It was stated that brides are not big fans of “styled shoots”. Let’s just say that the reaction of wedding pros was akin to telling a little kid that Santa doesn’t exist. ;) Okay, okay, not that bad, but it was close.
My personal opinion on these photo shoots? I love them for inspiration- which is why I call them “inspiration shoots”, not “styled shoots”. I strive to feature inspiration shoots that are attainable and actually providing inspiration to all of you brides.
Here’s a little insight into the vendor side of photo shoots:
Wedding pros do photo shoots to show off what they can do and their unique ideas. [Example: Pro has idea they want bride to do. Bride can’t quite understand and imagine what idea will look like because she’s a visual person. Pro does photo shoot to bring idea to life so bride can actually see the awesome idea and have it at her own wedding!] Ideally photo shoots should be done to provide attainable inspiration for brides. This is how they started. But as of late they have gotten a tad bit out of control. In other words, providing inspiration, yes- but attainable for brides, no. Photo shoots have become a sort of competition. Specifically a competition of “what-is-the-biggest-mag-or-blog-that-I-can-get-featured-in”.
As a wedding professional (and blogger) who organized and participated in several photo shoots, I always made sure the designs weren’t too over the top, and that there was always some sort of item that I created that brides could create as well. But not everyone has been doing that, which is what then creates a sort of disappointment among brides- because they love what they see, but they can’t always realistically have it for their own wedding. Let’s face it- 200 vintage, reclaimed chairs most likely isn’t going to happen.
A little insight into the bride’s side of photo shoots:
Honestly, I loved seeing photo shoots when I was bride (and remember I was NOT in the industry at that time). But it could have been because they were still the “new” thing to do, so they were still pretty relevant. But it’s true- some of the things that I saw in photo shoots seemed like I couldn’t have them for my own wedding. There’s just something about seeing what another bride has that makes things seem more “real” I guess.
Now don’t get me wrong. I LOVE inspiration shoots and I will continue to feature them, as long as they’re providing some sort of realistic inspiration for brides and have excellent details. :) I’m actually thinking about doing a new call for “Style Dictionary” inspiration shoots with more of a focus on details- more to come on that another day. Wedding pros, take this as a challenge. If you’re doing an inspiration or “styled” shoot, work to make sure that is REAL and ATTAINABLE by brides!
And brides, now I want to hear from you! What do YOU think of “styled” or “inspiration” shoots? As much as I love them, I don’t want to be posting things that you hate, and I definitely don’t want to be spending my time and money on doing my own shoots! :) So tell me what you think! YAY or NAY on photo shoots??