Winter Wonderland: January Styled Shoot

Happy New Year to all of you! It has been a while since I've written a blog post, but this year I plan to change that and post more frequently. Every month, if my schedule allows I will do creative shoots, pushing myself a little harder for the sake of creative growth, but also to achieve absolute consistency in my work. With two different camera bodies and different lenses, the main objective is to match editing seamlessly, and be 110% ready for wedding season, because anything less would just be unacceptable.

What can I tell you about this lovely styled shoot, I messaged Lyssa earlier in the week with some ideas and we made a plan to meet. We dressed her up in this beautiful combination of lace and tulle dress that she absolutely rocked, and just went outside of my house, because with the snow as the backdrop, we didn't need to venture far. Everywhere looked beautiful.

If you love snow, I have to say, photos in the snow, with an overcast, I think they are some of my favourite kind of photos. If you're looking for that dreamy softness, snow is a magical. The only challenge in the South Shore Nova Scotia is to catch snow in time, because with a day like today, all the snow is unfortunately melting away.

Flat lays: That's another form of art that I'm constantly working to perfect, and what I love about them is that you can absolutely do anything with them. I think they are an important part of planning, and so worth documenting during weddings. This wasn't a thing when I got married, but I wish it had been, because what a beautiful memory it is to have of all the little details tied together into a photo. After all the planning you put into a wedding, a decade later, you'll have a very vague recollection of what your invitations looked like, you may lose your shoes somewhere deep in the closet, like I had... until my husband dug them out a month ago. As you can see in the above image, (yes that's them, when you wear something once, you have to at least have a photograph for memory) I opted for comfortable ones--Ros Hommerson--two inch heels, and I truly stand by that decision to this day. Worth the price ticket for the sake of comfort.

The Dress: This beautiful dress I bought on sale online for around $30. For photoshoots, it's absolutely perfect and stunning. If you're planning to hire a photographer for a shoot and want a lovely dress like this, online is an amazing resource, between Amazon, Ali Express, CiChic (there's a ton similar to CiChic), just bear in mind that you may have to wait a month or two for the dress to arrive, so plan ahead, buy two sizes just in case, I'll buy the one off of you that doesn't fit and I'm not kidding. I've been finding myself buying dresses now and again, just in case, having a collection for photography is wonderful! You can never have enough dresses.

The Girl: Lyssa was amazing to work with. She is beautiful, she's wonderful, she's incredibly patient and kind. Thank you Lyssa for being a part of this!!!

And a little off topic, but Lyssa is also extremely creative with that Elf on the Shelf, I may have snagged a few of her ideas in December, because otherwise my elf would just literally sit on the shelf. I had to answer so many questions all the time on why that guy wouldn't move.. it's unreal. I'd just answer the question with a question, like a politician.

If you've made it this far into the post, thank you for reading. I look forward to a new year of many more creative shoots to come, they are invigorating.

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"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." -- Mary Lou Cook

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