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This summer, I did the photography for two editorial shoots planned and directed by Amelia Barnes (Owner of Miss Vintage Wedding Affair and Vintage Floral Teas). An editorial is a shoot, oftenly aimed towards a magazine or a blog or for brochure/marketing material for a brand or a company. It has been created in a way so that it tells a story and inspires the reader/viewer. To a wedding photographer, an editorial shoot is also a great opportunity to work together with other wedding creatives. Today I want to tell you a little bit about what is involved, and how I find that working on set up shoots can give me a lot of ideas for real weddings and for telling a story with my wedding photography.∞ On a warm July morning, our group of creatives gathered at the Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre to get ready for a fun colour- popping 50s bridal to be shot in the morning, and for a stylish, elegant 20s shoot to be shot in the afternoon. Both shoots where planned as features – with the 1950s shoot getting featured for the Nov/Dec issue of Your London Wedding Magazine and the 20s shoot for Love my dress. Arriving early gave me the chance to experience the whole set being built. An excitement about the day filled me as I witnessed candy- colored decor and all sorts of cute vintage details coming out of boxes, joining the line up of old fashion, suitcases, custom made stationary and pretty little teacups. Amelia, and Michelle from Muscari Whites built up a whole, well planned and styled set for this shoot! In between photographing details and making plans for the shots of the model, I also managed to get a couple of Behind the scenes shots to share;). vintage-bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling

An editorial shoot is a fantastic way to experiment and develop one’s “visual language” as a wedding photographer. Actually, the process for an editorial shoot and for how I approach a wedding- booking, have many similarities…

THE PHOTOGRAPHY ACTUALLY STARTS LONG BEFORE THE SHOOTING: Once the person who is organising an editorial shoot, has planned the project and decided on the suppliers, an important meeting for sharing the ideas and making plans takes place. In this case Amelia contacted me with her ideas – and it sounded like really good fun, so we went for a coffee to chat more. During our initial meeting, it was important for me to understand her visual ideas, the different moods for the two shoots, the purpose for the shots and what audience it would be for. From here, and with Amelia’s Pinterest boards fresh in mind, my head started to spin with ideas. The planning stage for a couple’s wedding is equally as important to me. After a planning meeting with a creative director or a wedding couple alike, my head fills up with ideas of how I can best tell this story. I research visuals, what the natural light is like at the venue, I create a shooting schedule, or for the couple: a wedding itinerary, so that I’m prepared when the actual day comes, and I’m ready to get the best shots…

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Above is an excerpt of my research and planning for the 1950s shoot – I researched the fun, cheeky posing style of the 50s, the popular culture – such as the funny jive dance moves, colours associated to the era, and made a visit to the venue. I also created a rough shooting schedule and timings – so that I would have something to glance at for direction once I got caught up in the concentration of shooting.

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About 20 people where involved in the shoot – suppliers, stylists, assistants, models and makeup/wardrobe people. So while chaos roomed around for the first part of the morning, I took this time to take detail shots of the decor.

It is perfect to use any “dead” time at a shoot, for detail shots which will form parts of the editorial story. Once the model is ready, it is easy to get so caught up with the main shots, and anything else will probably be pushed far back in to the subconscious. When shooting with a magazine or a blog in mind, and with a theme so vivid and well planned as this, shots of detail and decor is very important since they set the tone and support the main images – just as images of the special little details at a wedding reception is part of the story about that wedding. And there are a lot of things to think about here – The magazine/blog might need different options of the same detail to have more freedom with the layout, the shots have to “go together” with the shots of the model. So I think about getting the same “feel” in the lighting, same depth of field – similar F- numbers, compositions that will work together in the story, and a continuity in how the lenses are used.

As by magic, Amelia and Michelle got all the different ingredients together – and with help from several assistants, they had suddenly created a nice tableau- style backdrop for our 50s model.

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Sharing some posing research with the model, could be good for giving her something to reference to when “getting in to character”.

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Cecelina (Cecelina Photography) who was scheduled for a lingerie shoot in the evening with the 20s model, arrived earlier to assist me… And even got some shots of me!! Well done Cecelina for avoiding my double chin and making me look so young:)

EQUIPMENT USED: Nikon D600, Nikon 50 mm 1.4, Nikon 24 – 70 2.8 G ED, Nikon Ed VR II 70-200 2.8 + Ghionis Ice light as fill in

CREDITS – Thank you to everybody involved!

Assisting and extra detail shots: Cecelina Photography Venue: The BAC, London Styling: Amelia from Miss Vintage Wedding Affair Styling Assistant: Veronica Ballard Weddings China & Sweetie table: Vintage Floral Teas Cake : Temper & Tipsy Stationery: Lucy Says I Do Props: Re-Loved Styling Flowers & Heirloom Bouquets: Muscari Whites Bespoke Dresses: Kate Edmondson Bridal and My Eden Vintage Dress: My Vintage Wedding Dress Make Up: Sam Pearce Hair: Lucy Hayward at Hair That Turns Heads Accessories: Connie & Dolly Fine Vintage Jewellery: Addy Vintage Model: Megan McConnell

More from our vintage shoots:

More from our vintage shoots:

The 50s shoot – as featured in Your London Wedding magazine

The 1920′s shoot – as featured on Love my dress

Cecelina’s 1920′s boudoir shoot

Pop Art – vamp up your vintage theme!

Your London Wedding Magazine has just featured our 1950’s bridal shoot, a shoot I did for Amelia Barnes (organiser of Miss vintage wedding Affair) – fantastic to see it in print. Amelia brought together some very talented suppliers from the wedding industry for this shoot at the Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre – so if you’re a bride on the outlook for a touch of vintage, it’s well worth to have a look through the credit list at the end of this post. So here it is, a bridal shoot that vamps up the vintage style with some bright techni- colours, and has fun with the era of Marilyn Monroe. Pick up the latest issue of YLW Magazine to read more about Amelia’s thoughts behind the shoot. Ok, I’m gonna get to it – I’m gonna share some shots. Enjoy and hope it inspires!

xx Louise

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CREDITS

Photography: Louise Bjorling

Assisting and extra detail shots: Cecelina Photography
Venue: The BAC, London
Styling: Amelia from Miss Vintage Wedding Affair
Styling Assistant: Veronica Ballard Weddings
China & Sweetie table: Vintage Floral Teas
Cake : Temper & Tipsy
Stationery: Lucy Says I Do
Props: Re-Loved Styling
Flowers & Heirloom Bouquets: Muscari Whites
Bespoke Dress: My Eden
Vintage Dress: My Vintage Wedding Dress
Make Up: Sam Pearce
Hair: Lucy Hayward at Hair That Turns Heads
Accessories: Connie & Dolly
Fine Vintage Jewellery: Addy Vintage

Model: Megan McConnell

More from our vintage editorials:

Behind the scenes 50s shoot

The 1920′s bridal shoot

Cecelina’s 1920’s boudoir shoot

 

A real pleasure to see one of our bridal vintage shoots featured on Love my dress this week!

What a day we had… Two separate shoots planned for one and the same day on two different floors of the uber cool and totally atmospheric Battersea Arts Centre in London. Prop and set- building of a 1950s style shoot in the downstairs Grand hall, was quickly succeeded by set- building of a 1920s shoot in the beautiful upstairs council chamber. (If I could live in a place that looks like Battersea Art Centre, there is a possibility that I would)

The creative team and idea- planning was under the lead of Amelia Barnes – the lady behind the fair Miss Vintage wedding Affairto be held at Battersea Art Centre on 20th of October. A salute to Amelia and her creative team for putting so much in to the styling of the shoot! It was an absolute pleasure to photograph. And thank you to Cecelina Photography for backing me up on the day – with so much to photograph, I couldn’t have done it without you.

 london-wedding-photographer-love-my-dress-feature-1920-vintageWant to see more from the shoot? Click here to see more on the Love my dress blog.

Want to see the 1950s shoot? Featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Your London Wedding Magazine, here it is on the blog!

Looking for specialised suppliers and vintage touches for your wedding day? Then the wedding fair at Battersea Art Centre is the perfect place to look! It will be held close to Clapham Junction station on the 20th of October at: Battersea Arts Centre, The Grand Hall, Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5TN (£3 entry). Hoping to meet with you there!

Credits photo shoot:

Bridal Photography: Louise Bjorling Photography

Model: Edyta Wilim

Detail shots: Cecelina Photography
Venue: The BAC, London
Styling: Amelia from Miss Vintage Wedding Affair
Styling Assistant: Veronica Ballard Weddings
China & Sweetie table: Vintage Floral Teas
Cake : Temper & Tipsey
Stationery: Lucy Says I Do
Props: Re-Loved Styling
Flowers & Heirloom Bouquets: Muscari Whites
Bespoke Dress: Kate Edmondson
Vintage Dress: My Vintage Wedding Dress
Make Up: Sam Pearce
Hair: Lucy Hayward at Hair That Turns Heads
Accessories: Connie & Dolly
Fine Vintage Jewellery: Addy Vintage

The 50s shoot – as featured in Your London Wedding magazine

The 1920′s shoot – as featured on Love my dress

Cecelina’s 1920′s boudoir shoot