Let’s talk about styled shoots and why I do them! Ready?! This may be long winded.
Styled shoots get a bad rap. Why? Maybe it’s because they’ve become so abundant in the wedding industry. Everyone seems to be doing them. And, you know what!? I think that’s actually really awesome. And here’s why. 🤷🏻♀️
Pretend like we’re going into one of those tv dreams where the music gets all funky and dreamy and the screen has a weird filter on it! Imagine me, 15 years old, playing the violin in the concert orchestra at my high school. At this point in my life, I was taking all pre-AP classes, dancing 6 days a week, and barely practicing my violin. End of the year auditions come, I don’t practice for them thinking that I’ll just wing it and get into the philharmonic orchestra (the next level up) and be content there. I don’t make it. But something of a miracle happens. It’s also probably the scariest thing I could imagine. My schedule is so rigid for my sophomore year that I either have to be placed in the symphonic orchestra (the highest our school had) or quit. And since my director believes in all her students, she takes a chance on me under the stipulation that I practice with her supervision (I can’t be trusted, you see) every morning. I agree. I start last chair of the second violins that fall, and I truly believe that’s where I’ll stay. Every morning I practice, and the more I practice, the more addicted to my violin I become. Not only am I technically getting better, but I am also able to practice my artistry. I am feeling the music. I am on a high seeing and hearing my fingers move the way they do, hitting all the notes in tune and on the beat. And then I move up to 5th chair and then again to 2nd. Of course, we have performances throughout the year, but performances move so quickly, they’re almost over before they start. Before I finally have to quit the orchestra (with so much sobbing and stress and trying so hard to rearrange the most miserably difficult schedule to make my academics and performance arts work together and failing) I am told I would have been first chair. Now come back to the present. (To be continued in the comments...) - 3 days ago