What I love about styled shoots is that it’s a way to express so much creativity, and to try new things, without the pressure and time constraints of a wedding day. And the most obvious reason: everything is set up to seem like a fantasy…
In a world that has tragedy and terror groups, workaholics and broken relationships, and sleepless nights and heartache, pretty photos provide a break from real life; a daydream; the hope that a fairy tale could be possible.
Perhaps that’s why Pinterest is so popular. Photos tell us stories, and we all love a good story with a happy ending. Photographers are writers, but instead of a pen, we write with light.
And these stories we create allow us to step into a wooded storybook land and find a perfectly put together table with a delicious cake ready to eat, with magical floating books, princess gowns, roses in bloom, and flowers in our hair. It might not be something we see in our everyday real lives, but our imagination can take us there, and these images can provide a safe haven from the realities of the real world.
So perhaps…a pretty picture can be more than just a pretty picture. Perhaps, a pretty picture is the inspiration for a real life fairy tale, or at least, the hope of one; to see the world like a child, with wonder and imagination; to live a life full of adventure, beauty, and vision. To me, this is the purpose of styled shoots; the purpose of pretty pictures.
This incredible boho styled shoot was part of the Style Shoot Share photography workshop I attended a few months ago, that took place at The Oakley House in New Jersey, hosted by Kay English Photography and Vanessa Joy.
This shoot was styled by the creative and lovely Reverie Events. I adored the vintage Volkswagen van, the naked cake, provided by The Hudson Cakery, the gorgeous models from the Wilhelmina Model Agency, makeup done by Jeanine Mangan Designs and bohemian wedding hair styles by Anchor Salon. The gown designers used in this shoot included Claire Pettibone, Ines di Santo, and Yumi Katsura.
And the books, the gorgeous hand made book props, which were my favorite part of this shoot, were provided by Green Lace Lion.