I’ve now had the honor of completing a few styled shoots with some incredibly gifted and respected fellow San Antonio wedding vendors. This recently caused me to have a revelation. Styled shoots are much harder, both physically and mentally, than actual wedding days.
Theoretically speaking, styled shoots should be much easier since 99.9% of what happens is more or less controlled. However, at the end of the day when one of these shoots are completed and it’s time to pack up and go home, I feel about three times more exhausted than had it been an actual wedding. The answer has eluded me for a few years, but I recently had an epiphany and I think I discovered why this is.
The answer lies in chemistry.
Adrenaline: a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, especially in conditions of stress, increasing rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and preparing muscles for exertion.
During an actual wedding day, I am hyped up on pure adrenaline. I am operating under so much pressure to get things as near perfect as I can because there are absolutely no do-overs. A wedding day is for real for real. I must perform to the best of ability and make the absolute most out of every image I capture with my camera.
On the other hand, while a styled shoot is much more relaxed and there is not nearly as much pressure to “get things right the first time,” I don’t have the luxury of a natural elevating fuel pumping through my system. I’m working on my natural state of chemistry and my astute love for creating things, which is powerful, just not as forceful and effective as a hormone.
Eilan Hotel & Spa Resort Shoot
This shoot was fabulous! Lizzette (from His garden) constructed a perfect team to work with (see below). Everyone was basically a beast on this day including Karissa our beautiful model, Bianca (Olivia Grace Bridal) and Laura (Love Lipstick & Lashes) who all stayed for the entirety of the shoot!
You can see this shoot in printed format in the July/August 2019 issue of San Antonio Weddings Magazine on page 374.
The incredibly talented wedding team that assisted for this styled shoot were as follows:
Venue: Eilan Hotel & Spa Resort
Photographer: Ata-Girl Photography Co.
Planner/Coordinator/Florals: from His garden
Planner/Decor: Events by Touch of Elegance
Gown: Olivia Grace Bridal
Hair: Hair Artistry by Morgan
Makeup: Love Lipstick & Lashes
Caterer/Bar: Eilan Hotel & Spa Resort
Cake: Jenn Riesman Cakes
Invitations/Paper Suite/Signs: Calligraphy by Kim DuQue
Jewelry: Diamonds Direct
Transportation: Elegant Ride
Models: Karissa Uresti (bride) and Rich Action (driver)
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