The Scoop on Style Shoots

Okay y’all. We just completed this amazing style shoot and collaborated with killer vendors. I thought I would take this time to highlight the vendors and give you the inside scoop on what the process looks like. Ready to take this journey with me?

The first step to really getting a style shoot off the ground is the planning portion of it all. As planners, we love this part. We get to handpick vendors, models, and décor. We have the opportunity to really stretch our creative mind and implement new trends that haven’t necessarily hit the Midwest yet.

Probably looking at videos of cute dogs…. but pretend we’re working really hard on planning the style shoot!!!

Probably looking at videos of cute dogs…. but pretend we’re working really hard on planning the style shoot!!!

All right…so the vendors are chosen, the details are nailed down, and the day is here!!! What next? 

Our day started with Jodi from Bombshell Beauty showing up to work her makeup magic. Seriously guys, she’s amazing at what she does. She’s not only insanely knowledgeable, but she also genuinely wants her clients to feel comfortable in her chair. We love her!


While the makeup was going on, Amber with Vanessens at the Bridges came to do the hair. The hair you guys…oh the hair. It was perfect. It was simple, but beautiful. It was an attention grabber, yet didn’t take away from the model’s natural beauty. She added these little touches of floral that took us back to our childhood dreams of living in a fairytale land!


After the hair and makeup are done, then comes the dress and suit. The dress was provided by Marie and Marie Bridal and the suit was provided by J.H. & Sons. (DTSF Represent!!) I don’t really have much to say about these two pieces because..I mean..I feel like they speak for themselves. I love that the pieces communicate the fact that you don’t have to choose the over-the-top options in order to steal the show – sometimes simplicity is best.

Now, while all of that is going on, there’s these little worker bees prepping the floral and putting finishing touches on the cake.


THE CAKE YOU GUYS!!! Let’s talk about how the hardest part of this entire shoot was trying to keep everyone from digging into this beauty. Oh and how we had to move it to new locations a couple times and it was one of the heaviest bakery items I’ve ever carried…Jenn with Inside the Whisk was a beast at carrying the cake from place to place.


Let me take a break from giving you a play by play and just show you what the JR team was doing while hair and makeup was being done: eating Toppers Pizza, trying on the jewelry from The Diamond Room and playing with Johnny’s lighting fixer (pretty sure that’s the technical term, right?). It’s fine…I promise we worked later.

Now that everyone had their fill of pizza we could start the shoot. This is when Johnny Bravo and Tommy Tran (Clear Frame Media) could really shine. Let me tell you: They. Are. Fun. Talk about becoming friends with everyone instantly. They brought the laughter and made sure everyone felt comfortable in front of the camera. All of these images you see are from Johnny…and these aren’t even staged. HE’S THAT GOOD!! *Video to come from Tommy…he kicks butt too*

Tommy getting all the necessary video angles

Tommy getting all the necessary video angles

I’m about to be your worst enemy and tell you…

you don’t get to see any of the staged photos yet!! But I will tell you that the Jane Rae Events team along with Prairie Lane Vintage Rentals set an amazing scene for the photos to be shot around. Don’t worry, we’ll slowly release the images to you.

But for now, CHEERS to all of our friends for another job well done!




Photos: Bravo Photography | Video: Clear Frame Media | Florals + Rentals + Planning + Design: Jane Rae Events | Dress: Marie and Marie Bridal | Suit: J.H. & Sons | Jewelry: The Diamond Room | Furniture: Prairie Lane Vintage Rentals | Makeup: Bombshell Beauty | Hair: Vanessens at the Bridges | Food: Toppers Pizza | Cake: Inside the Whisk | Models: Leslie and John Kinross-Wright

Katie Murphy