I know, you are a very creative and talented photographer, and you may be thinking, “I’d never hire a photoshoot stylist- I know how to design!” This post may be for you.
Three reasons you really should hire a stylist:
1. Two heads are better than one. A good stylist will listen to your vision and merge them with their own creativity to produce an outstanding shoot. Remember, a stylist’s job is to make the photographer look better! Your ideas are great, I’m sure! Why don’t you combine them with the ideas of other experienced professionals to create a shoot that sets your work apart?
2. Wedding blogs and magazines want to feature photographers who connect with other vendors. They see enough submitted posts by DIY photographers… I suggest you work with and credit a stylist to help you appear even more experienced and legit, and to make your submission stand out.
3. On the photoshoot day, your job should just be taking pictures. Leave setup and staging to a stylist! After shoots I style, I repeatedly hear how stress-free and focused the photographer felt. They were able to focus on the art of photography, imagine that! On the other hand, I also hear many regrets when a stylist isn’t brought on board, including: I thought I had enough product but the scale was off, it looked good in my head but something was missing when I set it all up, or I ran out of time to do all I had envisioned.
These photos are from a shoot I styled a couple years ago that were published in Smitten Magazine, Style Me Pretty and more. Brandi Smyth, photographer, and I worked together planning this, and the results were loved by thousands!
You can find some some great stylists out there. I urge you to connect with one for your next shoot. Curious to see how I can help? Shoot me an email- I’d love to work with you!
Photography: Brandi Smyth
Gold Sheer Dress: Handmade by MDSewingAtelier
Grey Chiffon Dress: Paolo Sebastian from Nearly Newlywed
Hair Piece: Cristina Vine by Jannie Baltzer
Hair & Makeup: Bel Viso Makeup Artisty
Groom’s Attire: Tallia, courtesy of John Pickens
Cakes: Silver Palate Cakery
Rentals: Pursuing Eden Rentals
Floral Design: Mandy Cathey
Paper Goods: Chez Rivage