For a while now, I have been obsessed with everything bohemian and have been wanting to organise a bohemian shoot. My opportunity arose when I joined The Wedding Suppliers group on Facebook and networked with other suppliers in the local area. I saw other suppliers organising their own styled shoots and wanted to be involved in one, however, there were no calls going out in my local area for one. Instead, I decided to take the plunge and organise my very first styled shoot.
I had to research a lot to understand the different components of every styled shoot and the basics I needed to cover, before putting an advert into the wedding supplier group to get a feeler for those who would want to be involved. My advert received a lot of interest and I didn't hesitate in starting to organise the suppliers I wanted to be involved.
I gave myself just three weeks to plan and organise my styled shoot, which is not very long when you have lots to organise. However, after lots of planning, phone calls and messages later, the day of the shoot came and everything was perfect.
I worked with an amazing team of suppliers on the day, and these include:
Organiser & Photographer: Myself
Venue: Tall John's Wedding Barn
Furniture & Prop Hire: Megan & Claude
MUA & Hair Stylist: Afterglow Hair & Makeup
Dress & Suit: Brecon Bridal Boutique
Caterer: Fresh Food Events
Florists: ELYN Boutique Ltd & Forever To Hold Ltd
Bridal Veil: Rebecca Anne Designs
Cake: Cakes Especially For You
Celebrant: Your Special Celebration
Models: Eloise Wheeler & Jack Filer
Videographer: When Charlie Met Hannah
As we had all been in lockdown for months, my creative juices were flowing and I wanted to do a shoot that incorporated the feeling of summer, as Autumn was fast approaching. I went with the theme of Colourful Bohemian as I love colour and this reflects in my photography and editing style, as well as the bohemian look overall. I wanted to go with a bright and colourful theme for my shoot as something fun to end the summer with.
It was important to find the right couple to model for my shoot, as I needed people who were also colourful and fun to embody the feeling I wanted. I met Eloise once before when we met up for a bohemian portrait shoot in Bristol and we both hit it off really well; I knew that she would be perfect and she dragged her boyfriend, Jack, along.
Throughout the shoot, we laughed, cracked jokes and had a fun time and you can see that in the image I took. Eloise and Jack listened to my posing prompts and what I wanted to capture, and put their own spin on it, which I loved. They are definitely not two of the most serious people on earth and we got on like a house on fire.
The shoot was fun, upbeat, colourful and floral; just what I wanted. The shoot was set in the beautiful location of the Brecon Beacons and we had the stunning barn of Tall John's to show off.
Tall John's Wedding Barn was originally a Welsh long house and has been shaped by British naval history. Admiral Hamilton used his prize money to create a wonderful Georgian manor house in the late 19th century and Admiral Watson bought the house, which is still in the family's possession today. Now, it has been newly refurbished to reflect modern times, and is a dearly loved wedding venue.
It was a shame that the weather poured down all day as it meant that all settings and photography had to be done inside. However, this didn't put a damper on the day and encouraged us to think outside the box to achieve what we set out to do.
Our videographer, Hannah, assisted in capturing the atmosphere and theme of the shoot, as well as providing advice on positioning of the models and working around me to get the results we wanted. Everyone got involved with the set up of the shoot and offered their advice on what would look best, which was a massive help to newbie me.
All of our team of suppliers got on really well and I am so proud of what we accomplished, I could never have done it without them.