What makes a photo shoot “stylized”?
To me, it means there is something elevating it beyond a pretty picture of a pretty person. Usually, it means having a theme – complete with a colour palette – and then incorporating a bunch of props to reflect that theme and palette. I do find that props help a child to stay interested in the shoot; it gives them something to hold onto and something to focus on other than me behind the camera!
This photo shoot was inspired by a dress I found at Home Sense in two sizes that would fit my friend’s daughters. It’s a gorgeous blush colour with a lace-covered bodice and a flowy knee-length skirt. There’s nothing super-fancy about it, but I could just picture the pretty colour on the girls, and I knew that if I timed the photo shoot right, golden evening light would make the skirts glow.
Speaking of golden light glowing through fabric, once I had these dresses, I knew the shoot needeed something else: something equally flowy and sheer. Then it came to me: ribbons!I set off for Fabricland with the dress in hand to find ribbons that would coordinate with the dress. I wanted to echo the dress colour but also find a mixture of ribbon materials – some sheer, some more satiny, others more lacy, etc. It may be a subtle thing, but I think the mix of materials adds more dimension and interest to the photos than if the ribbons were all the same sheer fabric.
Then all we had to do was wait for a beautiful night when the girls were free!
The girls were so much fun to photograph. They are always so enthusiastic and this night was no exception. All I had to do was give them simple instructions about where to run, walk or stand (depending on the position of the sun and the background), and away they went.
I did most of the shoot in a large field with newly-leafed out trees in the background. I love the bright green of the new leaves. For some variation, we also went to the nearby riverbank where I did more close-up shots of the girls together and separately.
As the sun got lower, we headed back to the field for a bit more fun and then called it a night.
This was one of the easiest photo shoots to execute. It was simple to prepare, and so pretty. Really, it was just all about capturing these beautiful and fun-loving girls in the gorgeous golden light.
What do you think … would you consider this a “stylized photo shoot”? Or do you think a stylized shoot means a more elaborate set-up?