Behind-the-Scenes of a Boho Inspired Styled Shoot with Kathy Peterson
The first-ever Treasure Coast Professional Photographers Association workshop, Designer Tips for a Successful Styled Shoot, was a huge success! Tickets sold out in anticipation of Kathy Peterson's beautiful styled shoot sets and the three varieties of portrait subjects to photograph. Photographers from all over the Treasure Coast of Florida attended with their cameras in tow, ready to learn how to set up a styled shoot, select their lenses, and pose models with tried-and-true techniques. Each set had its own custom backdrop, props, decor, models, and instructors, and rovided attendees with a great opportunity to add unique imagery to their portfolios.
The boudoir set features our first model Kailyn lounging on a large piece of pink velvet fabric. She wears a light blue lace nightgown and white shawl for a modest outdoor boudoir look. Two wicker trays are placed on the fabric for interest. They contain dainty white trinkets and flowers, which pull together the white elements of the shawl and the elaborate backdrop. The backdrop is true to Kathy's vintage bohemian style, with garlands of white fabric strips draped over a tree branch. A section of the backdrop is reminiscent of a dreamcatcher with its web of ribbons, lace, and strands of pearls. At the base of the tree, Kathy sticks lunaria plants into the ground to add extra, yet natural flair to the set.
Maternity Set & Lens Selection
Claudia models for our maternity set in a beautiful white lace gown with fringe overlay. A sheer soft pink shawl is draped around her arms. A backdrop of even more diaphanous pink and white fabric cascades over the tree branch behind her. Kathy's juxtaposition of textures in this set is astounding. The vibe is a more elegant and modern form vintage bohemian, accentuated by the black and pink seat cushion and bronze pedestal table. Upon this table sits a small bouquet of pink and white roses and a beautiful tangle of white tassels. A beautiful wreath in the shape of a heart is the final touch in this set.
Laura Helmke serves as the instructor for this set, and advises attendees on lens selection. After asking what lens everyone was shooting with, she gives notes on which scenarios to use specific lenses, whether they were wide, long, prime, or zoom. She also mentions the significance of a macro lens for capturing detail shots. Knowing which lens to use is imperative in photography, especially in situations where you need to switch a lens quick!
Wedding Couple Set & Posing Techniques
The final set features models Nicholas and Nikki as a wedding couple. Nikki wears a white silky dress with braid detailing and a beaded crochet-like sarong. She switches between an off-white lace bolero and champagne veil to accessorize. Her bouquet reflects the wild setting, and the semi-naked cake dripping with caramel completes this untamed look. The backdrop for this set may steal the show, with its wicker baskets and trays that are stitched together and paired with crochet, and dripping with flowers, ferns, and amber-colored beads.
Gina Barca provides attendees with useful posing techniques during the wedding couple set. Her tried-and-true tips focus on constant movement as well as transforming a straight-on pose into the flattering S-curve. To demonstrate these techniques, our bride model Nikki is asked to slowly walk towards the camera while constantly moving her hands and arms around her without leaving her body, and turning around to walk back while looking over her shoulder. Gina also shows us the difference between a straight-on pose vs. posing the body in a more flattering S-curve by moving the arms and legs into specific angles. Posing is often a more difficult task that photographers face, but there are tips and tricks like these that you can practice to help you achieve great results.
Thank You Everyone Who Attended!
Behind-the-scenes photos by Crystal Speirs Photography LLC and photographer Alexandria Salmieri