The image above is from my very first inspirational shoot. It was with Carly from Flour LA and Just Maggie Photography. It was a fun vintage California shoot that was inspired by bright colors and the Ocean life. It was a small scale shoot. Just us 3 and some things we gathered off of etsy and others we crafted. It was easy. It is still one of my favorite shoots. Flash forward a few years to last month when I completed the Goth Beach shoot. It was not so easy. Concepting alone took over 2 months. But… It was one of the most exciting things I have been a part of.
In the end, we had over 12 vendors involved and 3 models. I really wanted to make this one happen because I was inspired by gothic looks for years and I wanted to be challenged. I hadn’t seen it done often for wedding inspiration recently and never in what I would consider a romantic and approachable way. Oh ! And another thing – I wanted to mix it with the beach. We are in California after all and the beach is the last thing you think of when you think of goth. I am all about the unexpected. The team that began joining the shoot also gravitated towards trying something new and discovering that adding gothic touches to a wedding on the beach could A)work and B) be awesome. We really gathered a rockstar group of creatives.
When you are going to start your own inspirational shoot, there is something you should know. Working with a lot of talented creatives means you do need to give up some of your own vision. It’s ok. Letting everyone see it in their own light allows each talent to bring their best and most passionate work to the table. It is what collaboration is all about. Is it the same vision of Goth Beach I had in my mind when I first started? No. But it many ways it is so much better. If I was left to my own devises the models would have probably looked like pirates on the beach…
Shoots are fun but SO so so much work. So much so that it took me a few weeks event to write this post because I needed a break from even thinking about it. The last shoot I did was over 2 years ago for Green Wedding Shoes. You can check it out here! You shouldn’t do them unless the concept really inspires you and will allow you to showcase something unique. Although they are tons of work, I promise I won’t wait another 2 years for the next one. (I may already have something up my sleeve..) If you are just starting out, you should take part in shoots or even plan your own. They don’t have to be big, but it is the best way to showcase your talents and a great way to meet other people in the industry. You can start to see who works well (and frankly, who doesn’t) so you can have strong recommendations for future clients. With real events, we are often executing other people’s visions. Being a designer for an inspirational shoot keeps you in control and builds your portfolio so the events you book end up fitting the brand you have worked so hard to build.
Stay tuned for more information on our Gothic Beach Shoot and where it will be featured !! (Sorry I can’t share any images yet…)