Hey Folks! This blog post is for wedding industry folks and brides alike! I have been really pushing and challenging myself to grow in my design skills over the last year, even more so over the last 6 months, and I have learned a ton and have simultaneously watched the quality of my work grow. I have watched videos, read articles, and found inspiration from others (although I am a big proponent of not following too many people on social media as to avoid the "comparison black hole" as I like to call it; however, the most beneficial and and impactful education I have received is from good-ole-fashioned trial-and-error. Yep. Making mistakes is a great way to learn. I have learned a great deal about colors, lighting, textures, creating depth and dimension, continuity, voice, and much more. Today, I would like to share with you just a few of the tips I have learned for styling an event, wedding, photo shoot, or anything involving creating art with objects.
Tip # 1: Tell A Story
In an effort to educate and train myself, I watched several of Joy Thigpen's, (owner of Once Wed) videos on wedding + photo shoot styling. One of the things that really stood out to me is how much she emphasized that each photo, both individually, and synergistically should tell a story. This realization caused me to think deeper into all the elements involved in every single aspect of my work. If we are not telling a story with our work, then we are not capturing our audience for the long-term. Our work, whether photography, graphic design, styling, painting, writing, or more should both captivate and engage our audience in an authentic and mindful way.
The photographer, Taylor Bates Photography, does a great job here of telling the funny story of my husband and I goofing around on our wedding day through these photos.
Tip # 2: Be Authentic
I know I have mentioned this in previous posts, but I would like to emphasize and stress the importance, again, of staying true to yourself. Granted, my style has changed and evolved as I have learned and grown (you should always be growing or something is vitally wrong) but even with this growth, I have allowed myself to stay true to my authentic style. That doesn't mean you can't find inspiration from others' work who you share a similar style with, but you should always be looking for a way to let your true voice (or the voice of your team) shine through in all of your work. If you are bubbly, be bubbly in your work. If you are thoughtful, be thoughtful in your work. If you are wild and daring, be wild and daring in your work. There are 7 billion people on this planet, so style and art is often going to blend over from one person to the next, and we are all influenced by someone, however, the one thing that makes you unique is YOU. You have thoughts, ideas, dreams, life experiences and visions that make you unlike any one else walking on this planet. Trends can be good for breaking the monotony of the current sensation, and they can give creatives fresh, new ideas. However, there are some trends I will never ever adhere to simply because they in no way convey the style or personality of the Maggie's Misc brand. Plus, I figure if I wait it out long enough another one will come along shortly. Couples: when thinking through your wedding day, think about what makes you and your fiance unique, both individually and together as a couple.
Each of these photos are different, yet each convey the Maggie's Misc, style, voice, and brand.
Tip # 3: Create Continuity
All works of art should convey both depth and continuity. This same concept applies to styled photo shoots or weddings. I have seen people get lost in Pinterest land and pin anything that looks pretty and then when you look at their inspiration board there are no elements of cohesiveness or style. When planning your wedding (or photo shoot) stick very close to the theme you have decided on, not straying very far off course. There have been times that I have changed the entire theme altogether because I was being drawn to images that were very far from my original vision. If you are doing, classic, do classic. If you are doing modern, do modern. Don't combine modern, vintage, hipster, rustic, shabby chic, elegant, and classical elements. You know what this gives you? A hot mess. Just because each of those styles may have something that appeals to you, doesn't mean you need to incorporate each of them into your wedding. Sure some elements of modern and hipster may blend, some elements of classical and vintage may blend, but each of those elements should singularly and cohesively make sense for your overall vision. This means thinking through how that vision is conveyed in each step of the planning process.
Photo by Tiffany Heidenthal Photography from a recent styled shoot we did together called "Our Quirky Love." The photo depicts a sense of continuity in color, theme, and style.
So there you have it. Just a few of the tips I have learned while striving and working to be a better creative. I hope this helps. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for stopping by, friends! Happy Friday!