As much as they are one of my favorite ways to spend a day, styled shoots aren’t just fun days where we make pretty photographs. I mean, yes, they are that, but I look at them more as personal development shoots. They are days when I can work on my photographic style, when I can practice posing and composition, and when I can sharpen and maintain skills I use on wedding days. Editorial shoots are also amazing ways to create and nurture those wonderful relationships with “friendors” (vendor friends) and they give everyone involved the opportunity to showcase their best talents. We use the images on our websites and social media to show clients what we love to create and it can help brides with inspiration for their own wedding.
Sometimes these shoots are smaller scale and spur of the moment (so fun!) and sometimes they are more involved, requiring detailed planning and coordination. This desert bridal editorial was one of the latter. Even though it’s a lot of work, I absolutely love the process of developing an idea and seeing how each artist involved interprets my vision.
My initial inspiration for this session was the beautiful lace cape from Marisol Aparicio. She had sent it to me to photograph, but it took weeks for me to find the right dress to pair with it. I ended up choosing a reception dress from BHLDN in the color “umber”. From there, I became inspired by the look of a classical Spanish painting… The color palette, the florals, and the overall aesthetic came from this inspiration. For the mood and feel of the shoot, I was inspired by a stanza from a poem by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda titled “Your Feet”:
But I love your feet
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me.
All Images ©2017 As Ever Photography
This editorial was recently featured on the stunningly curated site, Magnolia Rouge. Click here to see the feature!
I am so very grateful to all of the amazing artists who collaborated with me to create these images. Please check out their work via the links below:
Florals: The Potted Pansy
Cape: Marisol Aparicio
Hair and Makeup: Kelli Miller Beauty
Silk: Honey Silks & Co.
Paper: Honey B Paper Co.
Model: Sarah Parry
Second Shooter: D Plus J Photography
Film Scans: The FIND Lab