I've been wanting to do a styled shoot for a while, but between one thing and the other, I hadn't gotten around to it yet. So when I heard about one being planned by some other vendors at The Mohicans, just a little over an hour away, I was so excited to be able to take part. I've been so ready for spring, basically since New Years, and it was so fun to get outside, shoot, and meet some other fantastic photographers and vendors in the process.
I had never done a full styled shoot before, and I had never been to The Mohicans, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But we all quickly got into the swing of things with our fantastic models Michelle & Brandon, Samantha & Cody, and LaAnn. The styled shoot was woodland and Viking inspired, and The Mohicans' many cabins and treehouses, right in the middle of the forest, made for the perfect backdrop. I would love to go back there for a weekend trip and/or wedding now- it might be my new favorite venue!
I went into the shoot hoping for a few gorgeous photographs, but I came out with so much more: new ideas, new friends, and above all, a new appreciation for staying true to my own aesthetic style. Because I strive for photojournalistic, natural images- not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a styled shoot with models. Michelle & Brandon and Samantha & Cody are real couples though with real chemistry, and by far my favorite images from the day are those in which they are just being themselves, laughing, and loving on each other. They were all so fun and easy to work with, and I found myself continually drawn to the authentic moments they had with each other.
Below are a few favorite images, and many thanks to all of the amazing vendors who made this possible!
Venue: The Mohicans
Makeup: La Prima Beauty
Hair: Kaila Sarene Photography
Flowers: Granville Flower Company
Jewelry: Worthington Jewelers
Quartz Necklaces: Rocks with Sass
Wedding Dress: Perry Rose Media
Green Dress: Gilded Social: The Fancy Occasion Shop
Rentals: Something Old Dayton
Donuts: Duck Donuts
Invitation Suites: Birdhaus Co.
Styled Shoot/Coordinator: Nicole Marie Photography