Entries in photoshoots (3)



Photo by Andrea Dorsey/ Food Stylist Allyson Petty

Ever since I moved to Atlanta 3 years ago I have been working steadfastly toward a career as a photostylist. It's hard to articulate the many reasons why I love what I do, but one of them is that I am constantly learning something new with every shoot I am lucky to be on. I'm also learning from some of the best in the industry. This year I have been expanding my prop+ photo styling portfolio to pursue more experience on food shoots. I've had the privilege of working with one of the best food photographers, who for some reason, has kindly given me a shot when I am woefully green in this area. He and his colleagues have been doing this for 10-20 years. And they're good. I mean really good. Sometimes I find myself feeling discouraged because I don't quite speak their language yet and know all the tricks in the book. And with food photography there are about a million ways you need to be able to problem solve on an 8-10 hour day when you need two shots and you have a limited number of props to work with... trust me, it's amazing the kind of magic tricks food stylists have up their sleeves. I had a shoot this week where we hit a bit of a wall on the second shot, 7 hours after completing the first one. I might have even gone cross-eyed. I was really disappointed in myself because I couldn't come up with the solutions to make it work. I was a problem-solving failure. Thankfully the rest of the team snapped to it and found the right answer after a quick group effort of swapping out every possible moving part in the image. 

I try and channel my mistakes into something positive. I critically evaluate my performance on every shoot and add new tools to my kit (literally and figuratively) and accept the growing pains as part of the process. I also hope that the more seasoned I become that I never lose the sense of wonder I feel toward the world of photostyling. Also, in turn, I promise I will share as many tips + tricks as I learn them. My 3 takeaways from this week's shoot:

1. Know your client's aesthetic and be humble enough to not impose your personal style on them. Deliver the kind of work that represents their brand and not your own. 

2. More is more. You will never regret bringing too many options or too many tools. Also you will always want to present the art director with as many photo options for her to chose from. More is more.

3. Stay hungry in every way possible. Don't allow yourself to hit a wall. Continue to look at a scene with fresh eyes and be ready to offer suggestions of every possible prop you can swap out for another variation whether it be the forks, linens, surface, or stack of plates. Be the bamboo that bends not the oak that resists. Stubborness over a shot is just wasting everyone's precious and expensive time. Also, stay hungry in the sense of always wanting to improve and learn more. Be your own best student and teacher. Work with and for people who are better than you and be grateful for their wisdom and expertise. 




Photos by Elizabeth Messina/ Florals by Amy Osaba/Backdrop by Blue Eyed Yonder

Here is a teeny sneak peek from Elizabeth Messina's A Lovely Workshop botanical shoot. Working with Elizabeth is a true collaboration of minds. She doesn't just show up with a camera and shoots what's presented to her. Instead she pours her heart and creativity into every step of the process, ensuring every detail is thoughtful and consistent. This botanical theme married with her Kissing Tree concept into one romantic and ethereal shoot at The Avenue of the Oaks in Sea Island, GA. 

I am still in awe of this wall that Krista built, from a combination of botanical prints collaged with worn paper, and charming little hand drawn bits of flora and fauna. We thought it would be a fun inspiration for a photo booth backdrop or even would be gorgeous accent wall in a powder room! You can see some of her behind-the-scenes process on her Instagram she shared back in March.

Stay tuned for more from this dreamy day and here is a moodboard that was inspired the shoot. 




Yesterday I woke up to find one of our shoots from Elizabeth Messina's A Lovely Workshop in Sea Island, GA had been featured on Martha Stewart Weddings The Bride's Guide. This genuinely was such a fun surprise and I couldn't be more proud of what the team created together. What I love most about being a stylist is the collaboration on photo shoots + events. Behind every image is a team that contributes their own unique voice and talent to make the photo come alive. I can't even express how much I respect each and every woman on our crew and what they bring to the table. As a collective we all speak the same language and are definitely from the same tribe. I'm so grateful Elizabeth brought us all on to be her creative team for this workshop and it is amazing looking at the images through her beautiful lens. The first image is from my new tumblr site, the middle is the moodboard that inspired the shoot, and the last image is a collection of proof prints I received in the mail from Elizabeth which contain a sneak peek of a bonus shoot from the week. 

Prop and Fashion Styling: Ginny Branch
Floral Designs: Amy Osaba
Vintage Rentals and Set Design: Krista Janos of Blue Eyed Yonder
Printed Collateral: Wiley Valentine
Hair and Makeup: Erin Skipley & Claudia Mejerle

Calligraphy: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

Custom Spoons: Monkeys Always Look
Champagne: Cupcake Vineyards
Ivy & Aster dress and bolero, Claire Pettibone floral clip; Jessica Fontaine dress,Chelsea Rose Bridal bolero, Construct Jewelry necklace; Billy Reid suit, shirt, and bowtie; Sarah Seven dress; Myra Callan dress, Claire Pettibone headpiece; Claire Pettibone gown, robe, and cap; Carol Hannah Whitfield dress, Twigs & Honeyhairpiece.

Big love to the team members/assistants/cheerleaders/heroes: Shanna Skidmore, Meredith Mejerle, Katy Dennison