I think I hold my breath for the full week leading up to each photo shoot day, hoping and praying that we’ll be blessed with beautiful weather. Thankfully, because of our sunny Southern clime, we usually get our wish. But sometimes we don’t — and the result can still be beautiful! Even though the day of our Berry Bliss shoot was gray and chilly, we were still able to make some Southern Weddings magic happen. Big thanks to Graham Terhune for capturing the work that went into making the final images oh-so-lovely!
Most photo shoot days start with many deliveries — flowers and chocolate and paper, oh my!
There’s usually lots of ironing and sorting and unpacking, too. We were thankful to have our spring intern, Jessica, on hand to help with this one! We even did a little repotting of geraniums for our table centerpiece!
My go-to plan is to shoot any still elements (paper suites, bouquets, boutonnieres) inside in the morning while we set larger elements up and models get prepped. That way, we save the best light (afternoon!) for the people and table! And oh yes — you know who’s setting up the table. And hauling the table. And loading and unloading the table (and everything else).
Though we have a general idea of how everything’s going to look, I like to wait until the actual day to make final decisions and consider a few options for things like linens and table settings. Things can definitely look different when they’re next to each other and not just photos or ideas on paper! Happily, we had Whitney’s sweet puppy to distract us from our careful consideration!
We had some pretty cute human models, too, including Mr. Pax and his mama MacKenzie. It was all hands on deck for redheads at this shoot!
Even Miss Grace came to observe!
Did I mention that we do a lot of carrying and holding on shoot days? These next few photos should illustrate that pretty well. Let’s just say my back was a little sore the next day from all that crouching! But we do it all with a smile, because it really is fun :)
Up next: The finished photos, and a SUPER awesome giveaway you won’t want to miss!
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