A few months ago I got bored sitting around editing and waiting for the busy season to pick up. Since I’ve always been huge on mid-century modern I wanted to do a styled shoot with bold and bright colors and that had a lot of warmth for an Austin feel. I chose the Waller Ballroom downtown for its big windows and it’s up and coming name. This gorgeous space is located next to the Waller Creek and on the newly trendy East 6th (right across from Easy Tiger) and has already hosted SXSW parties, weddings and more.
The idea was to stay away from anything sequined or rustic wood that was so popular in Austin and do a styled shoot that was only bright colors, fun geometric shapes like triangles and hexagons and Topo Chico :).
I pulled together a team of fun vendors *(see list at the end of this post)* who shared my love for this theme and we ran with it. It was a crazy day with lots of last minute time crunches, no table, lots of coffee and laughter as we worked against the parking meter time. :) That was the hard part about working in the city as opposed to a hill country venue with parking but I’m happy we did it there.
-Craft your pitch. Define a style and theme for the shoot, what you’re looking to get and what will the vendors who help get out of it. You’ll have better luck if you already know a few vendors who can vouch for your professionalism and skill if you’re striking out. However, you should check out local Facebook groups and post your idea in there. It’s easier and sometimes better to get with people that way. Being published is great but not always possible so remember that when it all comes together.
-Be organized! Keep a google doc running of information that all your people can access if they have any questions. That way you’re not sifting through email chain after email chain. If you’re crunched for time and feeling overwhelmed with everything you have to photograph make a list and reference it throughout the shoot.
-Don’t be afraid to delegate a task. If someone else can do it – let them! But totally feel free to chime in if the props or decor isn’t coming together the way you had envisioned.
Huge thanks to these vendors I worked with on this shoot!
Styling and decor design (including confetti and tassel banner): Blue Wing Events, Florals: Arthouse Austin, Dresses: Second Summer Bride, Invitation suite and name cards: Scripted Ever After, Venue: Waller Ballroom, Hair & MUA by Katie Astoria at Modern Muse Beauty, Hill Country Cakery, Janelle Whitehead (model)