I don't really do that many styled shoots, for 2 reasons. I like to fill my spare time with precious family and friends time as taking time off from work is unbelievably important to me. Second reason is I don't believe in myself. I just don't think that I'm actually good enough to do a successful editorial.
So I asked T from Campbell's flowers and Jenn and Nat from Jenn Edwards Hair and Makeup if they would help me do a shoot that I have had a Pinterest board for maybe 2 years, but just never had the guts to do it.
My anxiety on the day was overwhelming but Jenn came with me on the shoot and she was just perfect, she encouraged me to do so much more than I would have done without her and the results are so reflective of this. She thought she was being bossy, I saw it as friendly bullying into getting me out of my comfort zone.
I don't know how but I convinced my friend Billie-mo to be a model for me and even though the water was absolutely freezing, she got in it without a fuss, she was just perfect! Couldn't have done it without her.
I haven't used any fancy clothes, as you will see that if I used anyones beautiful creations they would have just got ruined, which no one wants. T made the most beautiful bouquet (which I wanted to keep forever) and she took my idea of a floral head crown and flowers on a veil and made it reality, and made it better than I expected may I add.
This shoot was about creating something beautiful and pushing me to stop being silly and believe in myself. Believe that if I want to do a shoot, I actually can! I think I've proved this, I'm so happy with the results and I'm so lucky to have friends in the industry that can do such a beautiful job with hair, make-up and flowers, but that can actually support me in ways that I need.
My confidence at weddings is exactly where I want it to be but my confidence with editorials needs to improve and this shoot was the best place to start. Hoorah for teamwork and beating anxiety!
Model // Billie-Mo Tredgett
Hair and Makeup // Jenn Edwards Hair and Makeup
Flowers // Campbell's Flowers