When you decide to organise your own photoshoot, you need like minded suppliers… suppliers that you connect with, who have similar taste, whose clients align with yours but also those who allow you the freedom to create and try new things.
Enter Kat of Captured by Katrina & Laura of Studio 81 Events; both talented in their fields of photography and styling but also the nicest people to work with!
Kat had kindly photographed me earlier in the year and we had discussed to the idea of doing a Winter shoot, so we started to hatch a plan. Early on in our chats, we had ear-marked Bredon Manor as our choice of venue. If you’ve not seen or heard of Bredon then you really should check it out. Peter and Charlie, the owners, have done a beautiful job of renovating and restoring the property and grounds… it also has the perfect backdrop for a contemporary photo shoot; whitewashed walls, natural light and high beams.
Ordinarily I work to my clients briefs, but the beauty of organising your own shoot is that you can dictate the brief. I’ll admit- organising a shoot for mid Summer is just not an option for me as a Wedding florist, so rising to the challenge of a Winter shoot was really appealing.
I suppose, using dried materials was always part of my floral plan too. I had visions of minimal interiors to off set the beautiful tones and textures of the dried materials however (and this is where I needed Laura) I knew Kat & I needed a stylist to help bring our ideas together.
Shoot days for me are exciting but also pressured. Not in a bad way but you are fully aware that your fellow suppliers want some great shots too for their portfolios, so of course you want to do your best to deliver something beautiful. Bringing in Laura on the shoot was a no-brainer… she’s so cool and collected with the sharpest eye for design. It also meant that I could keep creating and tweaking while she curated the table styling which brought the whole shoot together perfectly.