I recently had the opportunity to attend a Dusty Lavender Styled Engagement in a Murrieta open field, hosted by my dear friend Janita Mestre!
Oftentimes, creatives find ourselves needing to feel inspired. Sometimes we just need to shoot something for us. It’s strange to think that someone photographing beautiful weddings every weekend might begin to “go blind” to the beauty in it, but it happens. To help solve this problem, occasionally, I will attend a “Styled Shoot.” A styled shoot is essentially a “fake” wedding or portrait session, where multiple vendors collaborate in order to plan the perfect, dreamy event. Photographers capture everything we want in a controlled environment (no timeline, no rushing, shooting what we want, how we want, etc.), and everyone gets new photos for marketing and advertising!
The planner and host of this styled shoot, Janita, created the most beautiful color palette for this Dusty Lavender Styled Engagement in a Murrieta open field! I love that she was able to incorporate some of Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, classic blue! I’m so used to shooting ivory and blush, that some different colors felt extremely refreshing!
Shawna with Bleu Dog Floral created the most amazing (and SO heavy) lavender bridal bouquet! The lavender daisies, mauve roses, and light greenery were the perfect compliment to Jesse’s Lulu’s dress! Jonny’s classic navy blue suit was the perfect grounding neutral.
Living in Southern California, I often find myself shooting at the beach… which I love. But I always tell my clients to never underestimate the beauty of an open field! Especially since the focus of your photos should be you, and not the surrounding scenery. I love that this field complimented not only the red in Jesse’s hair, but also the blue hills in the background fit in perfectly with the dusty lavender pallet.
My friend and I left my house to make the hour-long drive to Murrieta at 2:30 pm on a Friday afternoon. We were very quickly reminded of the terrible Friday afternoon traffic on the I-15 North from Southern California to Las Vegas! Our hour-long drive immediately turned into a two and a half-hour-long drive! We decided to continue on, knowing that we would miss most, if not all of our sunlight; and that we would only have about 10-20 minutes to photograph everything!
Once when I was second shooting a wedding, the timeline was completely behind. The couple wanted sunset portraits, but we only had ten minutes to take them. The primary photographer took them to one location and shot them for maybe eight minutes. I could not believe the number of images, the variety of poses, and shots she was able to get in that time! I learned then and there that a good photographer can perform under pressure!
Once we arrived at the Styled Shoot, I immediately grabbed my gear ran to Jesse and Jonny and started posing them and shooting. It was “blue hour,” meaning the sun was behind the hills, and everything felt very “cool.” I clicked anyway! In just under fifteen minutes I was able to capture enough photos to be satisfied with. I delivered 112 images to all vendors! It was a beautiful styled shoot! While I wish we had more time, I realized that I can now perform under pressure, and I’m so thrilled with what I did capture!
Bride | Jesse Robinson
Florist | Bleu Dog Floral
Hair & Makeup | Beauty by Jesse Dean
Dress | Lulu’s
Calligraphy | Write This Way Calligraphy
January 31, 2020