• Gabrielle Rose

Chrysalis: A Spring Editorial

The McAlister-Leftwich House, Greensboro, NC

If you leave this post with one thing let it be this:

Book the Getaway Car

I am obsessed with this blue vintage getaway car parked outside the McAlister-Leftwich House in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This whole styled shoot was the perfect introduction to spring wedding season. From the natural light that poured into the venue to the romantic floral gown by Calla Blanche, every detail made me excited to jump into April with renewed creativity.

It was about a four hour drive from Fredericksburg to Greensboro, so I'm glad I had a friend along for the ride! Keri (you know her from Be Still Photography), has been my ride or die since I started my business. We always seem to be talking each other into "just one more" editorial shoot, and we always have a great time. We stopped at a pizza place in Richmond for dinner on the way home afterwards, and we were just gushing about this shoot.

There are a few things that make for a good editorial, and after attending quite a few this past year, I feel like I've narrowed down a few things I look for when buying a ticket. The first thing I pay attention to is: is there a florist on the vendor list?

That doesn't mean that all of the florals have to be real! If you look at floral designers like Gatherings by Mercer, it is absolutely possible to produce stunning designs using combinations of real, dried, and silk florals. But I love the look of these hand-tied bouquets, and you can get close with your camera and capture the softness of the real petals.

It is also so important that photographers are broken down into small groups during the shoot. If you have more than two or three photographers shooting the same thing all at once, things start to feel chaotic. There is no way for every photographer to get the chance to direct the models or move in closer if the groups are too large. Keri and I were lucky at this editorial, because we were the only two in our group! We work together often, so we are used to stepping around each other.

Finally, I love it when an editorial shoot uses local vendors for every detail. Everything from the cake to the stationary was crafted by a talented wedding vendor. The gowns were on loan from a local bridal boutique. I love hearing that a vendor has gotten inquiries after the photos from the shoot come out! Editorials can be a great way to put your work on display.

Take a look at the Instagram pages of these wonderful vendors below!

Host: @himherphoto

Coordination: @beyondspecialevents

Venue: @mcalisterleftwich

Model: @sydneyrosewray

Gown: @themagnoliabride@laperlebycallablanche

Rentals: @twicelovedvintagetlv

Cake: @sweetrevengeeden

Florals: @everbefloral

Mobile Bar: @thirsty.buffalo

HMUA: @kaitlynelizabethstyling

Harpist: @luneriverharpstudio

Stationery: @thesmokeyrosepress

Getaway Car: clduke2000@yahoo.com

#dcweddingphotographer #2023wedding #2023bride


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