Updated: Feb 7, 2019
As I drove up the long, dark driveway lined with tall, green trees, all I could imagine was an old southern plantation. The Wandsworth Mansion is the golden ticket located in Hartford, Connecticut. This session, hosted by Styled Shoots Across America, was a photographer's dream. What I love most about attending styled shoots are the connections that I get to make with other photographers, vendors, and models. When you put a group of creative people together, magic happens. Everyone puts such hard work into making these sessions perfect, so not only photographers, but all vendors can showcase their best work and grow from every experience. Everyone starts somewhere. No one is born a professional. Only one year ago, I had little experience in photography. I knew where I wanted to be, I just had to find the tools to get there. I dedicated the last year to my education and the start of my business. I spent more money than I made, but I grew rich in experience. I worked for free, I made friends with vendors, and I made a family with my photography community. I did this all so I can share images like this with you. Images that I am proud to call mine. Images that I hope can make you feel the love not only from the emotion of my models but from my capturing it in the moment. One of my favorite things about this session is that the florals were created by students! Professionals in training! It means so much to me to work with so many people chasing their dreams in something someone probably once told them was impossible. Working with each and every photographer, vendor, and model was an amazing experience. Each and every one of you are going to succeed in a happy life by pursuing something you are passionate about. I would rather work hard every day of my life to make my dream come true than to settle for something ordinary. Thank you to Styled Shoots Across America for hosting events like this and for giving us the opportunity to showcase our work. Thank you to everyone who participated in this session.
Host @styledshootsacrossamerica Planning/Design @heatherbengeevents Venue @thewadsworthmansion Stationery @westbloompaperco Hair/Makeup @beauty_by_alyssa Gowns @theweddingdressct Florals @intrigueteaches @intrigue_designs Linens @nuagedesignsinc Rentals/Decor @ctrentalcenter Shoes @davidtuterafootwear Mens Accessories @thegroomsday Cake @duchessofdesserts Models @dyenamo.kate