Up in a dreamy forest, a styled shoot was born

My friend Rachel hosted a gorgeous styled shoot up in Alger & there was no way I was missing it. I love supporting my photographer friends when I can, and I am so lucky to have her be my friend in this industry.

There were 3 concepts to this shoot: an engagement session, a wedding couple, & a solo bride

Styled shoots are a great place for you to practice & try new things. To be honest, I don't try new things on a wedding day because I don't want to mess up something. Maybe I should break out of that a little bit, but for the most part with camera settings & poses I stick to what works for me. One area I really pushed myself in for this shoot was the engagement portion & flat lay details. My first year of weddings was a success, but I didn't really do engagement shoots for those couples. I shot a lot of second weddings so it wasn't a priority for my couples- which is absolutely fine but I knew I wanted to push myself to get more creative in engagement sessions.

After we were done, we sat inside, giggled, & ate that gorgeous wedding cake. A photography workshop at its finest.

Kelly & Aaron

Kelly & Aaron were so much fun to work with & were quite adventurous! When a couple is down to try anything, you can get so much more creative. They brought their fur baby, Rory, who is super cute!

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Solo Bride Kristin

Kristin was gorgeous! Her dress was perfect for her personality & she was a saint for running through the woods multiple times for us all. We got so many shots of her laughing because behind the scenes her boyfriend kept catcalling her.

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Rachele & Austin

Ok so this was one of my favorite parts of the shoot. Rachele & Austin eloped a while ago and never did the big white wedding thing. Rachele also never got an official wedding band. I captured their first look & it was so special. Also, Austin surprised her later in the day with a wedding band while we were shooting & it was so adorable. I didn't capture any of that (I was elsewhere) but I've seen the other girls' work and it's cry-worthy.

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