My favorite shoots + a free checklist!

styled shoot checklist

Did you know that helping out a styled shoot was the catalyst that started my business?

I provided some hand-dyed napkins and helped set up for my friend Naseem at a shoot in Santa Cruz. When I got the images back from the shoot, I was so inspired by the beautiful photos. I felt this instant urge to paint what I was looking at. After a few months of trial and error, I came up with my first prototypes of the abstract painting from a photo.

...And the rest is history! Because of this, styled shoots will always hold a special place in my heart. I've had the privilege of hosting my own shoot - as well as providing art and details for a number of others.

I want to use this post to outline two of my VERY favorite shoots, to date.

I also want to help you along your styled shoot journey by giving you this FREE Styled Shoot Master Checklist! 


And now for my favorite shoots! (So far) :)

SHOOT 1: The Lush Conservatory

Where: Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle, Michigan

Planned by: Olivia Nawrot of Copper & Sage Collective + Christina of To The Nines Events

Photographers: Chettera T Photography +
Lume Photography

Stationery: Veraly & Co

These gorgeous photos are by Lume Photo.

I mean, come on!! A shoot inside an amazingly lush conservatory? Sign me up any day for that. I loved that this shoot utilized a mix of dark and harsh lighting.

Many photographers and planners are afraid that this type of lighting might have an ill-effect on their photos, but this shoot is proof that it can be done in a seriously stunning way.


Olivia asked me to provide some art inspired by their vision for the shoot. I was SO thrilled to see my plant-inspired paintings in this beautiful conservatory!

I also included some paintings that they styled with the invitation suite, rings, etc. I love that they included my art in this context.  

Photos by Chetarra T. Photography

Want some custom art like this for your next shoot? Check out The Fine Art Package in my Shop!

SHOOT 2: Modern Colorblock Editorial

Planned by: Drops of Honey Designs

Photographer: Sarah Windecker Photography

Stationery: Kelly Design Co.

Florals: Emlily Florals

This shoot stole my heart with the color scheme, florals, and the amazing light/shadow photography. (Another example showing an amazing use of harsh lighting!)

I got to provide custom art for this shoot as well - and I just love how it all came together!


I look forward to being a part of many more styled shoots. I truly love seeing peoples' visions come to life!


Planning a shoot yourself? Remember to grab my FREE checklist!

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