December 6, 2016

Bridesmaid’s Tea Party, Styled Shoot, Deep Wood Museum Salem, OR

Hello, all! Welcome to my new website and blog! This has been a long time coming, and when I sat down to figure out which shoot I wanted to use for my very first blog post, this styled bridesmaids session was at the top of my list for so many reasons.

When I started photography as a career in March 2015, I wanted to fit in. I wanted my photos to look like other professional photographer’s photos, because I thought that would somehow make me look more successful or professional. I thought if I could just blend in, I would somehow be viewed among those I admired. Unfortunately, this mind set and this approach set me way back when it came to figuring out who I was, and where my business would go.

Late this summer, I decided to stay really quiet on social media photography forums. I stopped looking at other photographer’s work all together, because I would either compare myself, or unknowingly change my style because I liked something I saw. I realized that in order to figure out what I wanted as an artist, I needed to stop seeking inspiration from other people, and figure out what really inspired me and what fueled me creatively.

I was photographing a wedding, with some of the most beautiful bridesmaids ever. As all wedding days go, time flies. And because this wedding wasn’t necessarily about the bridesmaids, I wasn’t able to just spend all afternoon photographing them alone. As I driving home, I kept thinking in my head how much I wished I could’ve dedicated an entire shoot to just those girls, their dresses, bouquets, and beauty. Then it hit me! A styled shoot, focusing ONLY on bridesmaids.

This shoot was the very first shoot where I committed, 100%, to the editing style and shooting techniques I had been wanting to transition to. For months I would slowly incorporate my “new style” in to my work, but it was dreadfully slow, and I was too scared to make the leap.

With this session, I had complete creative freedom to do exactly what I wanted! I teamed up with some incredible women, and we made it happen. The support was overwhelming, and the feedback from these images topped any previous feedback I had ever received. Heck! One of these images was posted on The Knot! It was my most refeatured image, and still is!

I was so scared to change my business in such a drastic way (well, it felt drastic to me). All summer I was feeling stuck, editing photos how people expected me to, rather than how I wanted to. This styled bridesmaids shoot was the first shoot that I owned confidently with my new style, and so, it felt extremely fitting that it would be my first blog post on my new rebranded website!

Check out these amazing vendors!

Photographer: Monique Serra Photography / Location: Deepwood Museum & Gardens in Salem, Oregon / Coordination: J29 Events / Styling: Ashley Spence / Floral Design: Good Seed Floral / Calligraphy: Clink & Kiss / Macarons: Noisette Bakery / Marble Décor: The Sassy Cupcake / Dresses: The White Dress PDX

Featured on 100 Layer Cake

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