The Truth Behind Styled Shoots – Glamour or Gruelling


I have been working in the wedding industry for less than a year. But have had the privilege of being a part of 4 styled shoots. One of which I personally planned, and the other three I have worked on with my team. All with different styles. The first one was a colourful boho shoot with an airstream. Then we did a promo shoot for Tie the Knot Wedding Show with an old VW van. The one I planned was a rustic meets elegant woodland shoot. Then this past weekend in the crazy storm we had here in Ottawa we toughed out the weather for another bohemian shoot “Canadian” style.

img_1402Though the finished product of the shoots is amazing, and they are so fun to be a part of, plan and style. But the things you have to do to make the shoot happen is crazy.

I have trucked a vintage chair through a field of ticks, knelt under a table to hold a table cloth in the wind for a pretty good chunk of time. Ducked, dodged and ran in and out of a shot to fix the dress. The day before the first snow here in Ottawa, we did a crazy detailed shoot in the freezing cold. I knelt behind a couch to hold a frame in the freezing cold. And lastly in the crazy snow storm we all trucked out to the country. But all of these shoots (especially the one in the snow storm) are epic!

img_1253You plan for months, stress, people cancel, change plans, get dates wrong, freeze your butt off, truck things through fields, almost ruin wedding dresses, last minute styling, taking a bunch of pictures then realize a blue camera case is in the background the whole time, driving all over town the morning of to pick up flowers and jewelry and so much more.

But all the stress and the craziness, and miserable heavy lifting turn into something way better then you can ever imagine, every time.


Ever thought look at a photo shoot and think: It would be so glamorous to have that persons job, it looks so fun. Well here’s a snippet into the behind the scenes of a styled shoot and all the gruelling work that goes into it.


Think a wedding planners job is fun and glamorous. Find out the truth behind a styled shoot, and what it really takes.



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