Ace Hotel StyledYou Shootout // Portland, OR
A few months ago Manda from Mae & Co Creative messaged me through Instagram and invited me to her upcoming StyledYou worksop/shootout at the Ace Hotel in Portland. And of course seeing tons of photos floating around Instagram on events/weddings that she's designed and styled, I had to reply with a huge freakin YES! The styled shoot was rustic Italian dream inspired, and Manda sent out a mood board to all the wonderful ladies a few weeks before to give us an idea of what everything would look like. But to be totally honest everything was WAY beyond what I had expected.
Manda totally transformed the studio and styled/designed everything so perfectly, paying attention to each and every detail. Reed Alyson + her hunny Jon absolutely killed it modeling for everyone in romantic and whimsical bridal attire from Claire La Faye. And can we talk about how the heck the ladies from Good Seed floral were able to install a huge, and I mean HUGE floral garland creation from the ceiling!? I have no idea, but honestly it was so inspiring to see such talented local vendors come together to create absolute MAGIC together for us to photograph!!
But the best part of this shootout was getting to meet and connect with all the amazing photographer babes who attended. It was so empowering working together in a room full of such talented ladies, building each other up and inspiring each other in creativity. So often we try to compete and out-shine others in our industry, but this event definitely reminded me of how important it is to cheer each other on instead of tearing each other down. Because after all we are here for the same reason, to grow and connect with each other! It was SOOO refreshing being in such a positive environment, and I'm so looking forward to being a part of awesome workshops/shootouts like this again! Super excited to share the images with you from this shoot, so enjoy and def let me know what you think. :)