Getting my first published photoshoot.

The value of a stylised photoshoot.

As a wedding photographer there is nothing as fantastic as someone choosing you to document their wedding. You’re invited to share a significant part of their lives together with the trust and freedom to capture those moments with your individual eye and creative flair.

But there is a lot of other work that goes into being a photographer, and being a creative at heart, in order to keep developing and building that client base and demonstrating why you are worth considering and that you can be given that trust.

Collaborative work with other industry suppliers is a big part of that for me. It’s not a formal networking activity or a sterile business meeting by any means. Instead it’s an experience of working with people who fiercely love what they do, genuinely care about their craft and who want to produce ideas that push the best practise of the industry. Above all, they want to excel their own work to continually offer exciting services to their clients.

 
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Being part of that process of displaying originality and best practise across the industry with passionate suppliers is inspiring. But it’s not without its challenges. The industry is understandably saturated with images, case studies, style guides and testimonials displaying the work of local and national professionals of all levels.

So investing the time and resources to achieve images that offer something new and refreshing is no easy task and as suppliers we have to put our own trust in each other to bring those ideas into realisation. But when things come together and a collaboration gets into full swing, well, the results can be incredible.

Producing a unique and stylistically focused shoot is an absolute delight and sharing that process with local suppliers is deeply rewarding.

For my first published shoot I had the privilege of being part of a fantastic team of local suppliers from the West Midlands working on a photoshoot at The Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham. The shoot was uniquely styled under a minimal and textural theme to create a contemporary collection of images centred around a custom made wedding arch commissioned by talented florist Pollen Floral Joy.

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The full details of the creative process of the shoot will follow in a behind the scenes blog but the experience of sharing that process with local suppliers was an absolute delight and deeply rewarding. The attention to detail, the creative direction and the energy on the day was superb. The final images from the shoot were a testament to the work involved across the whole team.

Following the shoot the images were selected by Your West Midlands Wedding Magazine’s for their February/March issue as a stylised feature. I provided a selection of 30 images showcasing every element from the shoot and each supplier. Surprisingly they included pretty much every image and presented the project as a three page feature which was fantastic to find out as the images say everything for the shoot!

It’s a humble pat on the back for how my practise and my style is refining.

As a relatively early career wedding photographer having this added exposure for the shoot was incredibly fortunate. I’ve given a lot of attention to my craft and how I shoot in a number of ways. Now, both the maturity of the concepts I’m developing has grown massively and the projects i’m invited onto are also increasingly ambitious. On a personal level this printed feature was a note to stop and take a humble pat on the back for those changes and how my style is refining. Of course, it also gave the satisfaction of having given a greater purpose to the images and more importantly recognition to the work of everyone involved.

 
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This is by no means the pinnacle of things to come. The hard work, the crafting of new ideas and the collaborations will undoubtedly continue and I hope to be able to blog again in the future about other features and showcased images.

This blog is simply a reflection on the experience of taking something from concept to being published. An experience which has only reiterated the importance of trust within our industry. The trust amongst fellow suppliers, the trust of clients and also our own sense of certainty and ambition - our inner-trust to pursue our journey and to project our ideas into the world.

For me, the achievement of seeing those images in print is a small nod to the enjoyment I have for making images being something that people can invest in and trust. And that feels awesome!

If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of the magazine it is on sale until April at several high street stores and also available online as an e-magazine via www.yourwestmidlands.wedding

Full list of suppliers: Pollen Floral Joy, Helena Shakespeare MUA, Nicola Honey Artistry, Emilia’s Cakes Coventry, TDR Bridal Halesowen, Louise Blakemore.