In August I took a leap out of my comfort zone and attended my very first styled shoot hosted by Styled Stories.

Yep, you heard that right – nerves and excitement in equal measure! Putting myself out there to meet new photographers was nerve-wracking, to say the least. It's like the first day at school all over again, but with cameras and creativity in the mix. The fear of not fitting in or feeling like a fish out of water was real.

But guess what? Life has a funny way of surprising you. I ended up being grouped with two sweet photographers who, like me, were styled-shoot newbies. We bonded instantly, and let me tell you, having the support of these two amazing souls made all the difference. We bounced ideas off each other, navigated the intricacies of poses, and hyped one another up whenever someone had an absolute slay of an idea. It was like being part of a creative brainstorm that never ran out of sparks.

The models were not just models; they were friendly faces who made the entire experience feel like a collaborative effort. It wasn't just about capturing images; it was about creating moments that told a story – a story of style, creativity, and a dash of adventure. And let's not forget the vendors. From florists to makeup artists, the Styled Stories shoot was a melting pot of talent. Networking became as easy as striking up a conversation over a shared appreciation for the perfect lighting or the struggle of finding the right angle.

In the end, my first styled shoot turned out to be an incredible experience. The nerves faded into the background, replaced by a newfound confidence and a camera roll full of stunning shots. The connections I made, the ideas I gathered, and the sheer fun of it all – it was worth every bit of hesitation I felt at the start.

So, would I sign up for another one? Absolutely! Styled Stories, you've got a repeat customer in me. Here's to more styled shoots, more creative collaborations, and more moments that make this photography journey one for the books.

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Host: Styled Stories

Pergola Design: Darling Dray Designs

Models: @maegankathrynlee @jessetwade @annadannunziomodeling @its.kirrraaaa @allisoncoyne_ @lamarandstephanie

Tux: @champagnetastebridal

Champagne Tower: @darlingdraydesigns

Floral Arch Rentals: @dreamybloomrentals

Dresses: @thedressrentalco @champagnetastebridal @indycouturegowns @lieselpatteephotography

Florists: @fullbloom_aesthetics @fernfloristandflower

Hair Stylist: @shybeautyllc

Jewelry: @ivorieandblu

Ground Floral Arrangement: @dreamybloomrentals

Signage: @ivoryrosevintage

MUA: @naturallooksbyvictoria


Jewelry: @sweetcarolineadornments @ivorieandblu

Bouquet: @fullbloom_aesthetics

Venue: @runningharevineyard