December 2020 // The How-to Edition

I OBSESS ABOUT MY CONCEPTS

Coming up with a concept is half the battle. Where do you find inspiration or what inspires you? I love doing things that haven’t been done before, or doing a theme that is played out but doing it in a totally different way. I find inspiration from movies mostly. I can’t help but see it on the screen and think, “This would make a great wedding shoot!” Once I come up with a concept, they live in my head for a while, sometimes years (some are still up there waiting for their turn in front of my camera). I lay in bed at night thinking about all the details… I call it “marinating.” What kind of setting do I need? What would the flowers, cake, invitations, etc. look like? What about the models, the hair and makeup, lighting—I visualize the entire thing, top to bottom. Once you have an idea, it is time to make it visual. A great resource is Pinterest, of course. Make an inspo board. I can easily spend hours getting lost in there—be warned, it’s dangerous. It’s a great way to get your ideas out of your head and into a place where you can share your vision. You may not see exactly what you want on there, but you can get a good idea down and you will need these images when talking to other vendors you want to work with.

Maybe you’re not a creative person but you want to involve yourself in one of these? Reach out to venues or planners and let them know you are available and happy to help! Look up vendor groups in your area on Facebook and keep your eyes peeled for others looking for a photographer. This is also a great way to get your feet wet so you can see first-hand how they’re done (or even what not to do).

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