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: Chettara 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 Chettara T. Photography

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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