Today on the blog, I am sharing a special styled shoot I recently did. This shoot was special because I got to work with some of my all-time favorite vendors and the shoot itself was unlike anything I’ve ever done!
When I was shooting the dresses for the 2020 editorial for Utah Valley Bride, a particular dress that didn’t make the cut really caught my eye. Even with three photographers, there was not enough time in the day to capture all the beautiful dresses the bridal boutiques sent for the shoot! That being said, I reached out to The Bridal Closet to see if they would let me set up a styled shoot with the dress that I loved so much. The girls that work there are simply amazing and were all for me doing this- yay!
I scheduled some time in the studio (it’s currently winter in Utah, so inside it was!) and contacted one of my favorite models, Elizabeth, who I worked with for the UVB dress editorial in 2019. She has beautiful red hair and is just so easy to work with! I also knew she fit into Maggie Sottero gowns like a glove, which came in handy for the shoot! She, too, was all for modeling for the shoot.
The next person I reached out was the florist, Mandy from the Potted Pansy. She and I don’t get to work together very often because her brides have a different aesthetic from what I typically shoot. That being said, I am OBSESSED with her work and knew I wanted to do a little bit something different for the shoot anyway. It should come as no surprise when I tell you I LOVED what she created after sharing my vision with her. The colors, the textures, literally ALL of it. It not only perfectly complemented the wedding dress, but also Elisabeth’s skin tone and hair.
My friend Katie from KL Artistry always does amazing hair and makeup. It had also been a while since I had seen her, so she was my go-to gal for the shoot.
My favorite studio is up in Draper, Utah. It has SO much personality and character to it. However, the afternoon light that is shown in the photos I am sharing today has a ton of sun on the wall. It’s not your average clean, evenly lit background, but I knew this going into it. The truth is, I wanted to do something different outside of my typical bright and airy approach. Thus, I decided to shoot at this time.
I loved working with Elisabeth because I didn’t really have to pose her. I placed her based on the lighting and shadows and let her take care of the rest. She was a true and total natural and gave me one less thing to worry about while I focused on the technical side of things during the shoot.
I am SO in love with how these images came out. They’re not your typical Brooke Bakken Photography images BUT I AM HERE FOR IT!!! In 2020, I am going to challenge myself to get out of the box and work on my artistic poise with each of my sessions. Truth is, I have played it safe in my career- giving clients exactly what they want. But I also know that different is good, so while I am still going to give my amazing clients exactly what they want, I am also going to take a few minutes of each session to do something different and out of the box. And I can’t wait to see what comes from it.
I hope you enjoy these pictures!
If you enjoyed today’s winter styled shoot, be sure to check out Morgan and Skyler’s winter wonderland engagements!