Saturday, November 14, 2015

Organizing a Photoshoot - That's a First

Yeah. That's about how the day went. Only, for some reason my folder isn't in my hand at this moment with all the shots organized. ------------------------>
But, I'm getting ahead of myself here.  
When a small group endeavors to accomplish big things it takes tons of prayer for inspiration, direction and unity, lots of time and work,  and a little bit of faith. This photoshoot is a very small part of a much bigger adventure. With the launching of a revised women's group at our church, we would need pictures for the social media world most of us live in.  

 So my first order of business would be obtaining the right photographer and I already had someone specific in mind. This young lady had taken our family photos, so I knew she would easily pick up the vision.  The catch? We had no budget at this point.  Would our photographer friend be willing to donate her precious, valuable time for this venture? 

"Morgan Alligood with Morgan Mechling Photography, would you be our pro-bono photographer for a day?"


Where would the shoot be held at? Outside.  Done.

What props would we use? My neighbor makes farm tables and other pieces of furniture as a side business. Would he lend us a table?

Rob & Patti Furniture
Now we needed the living bodies, which would be no easy feat considering all the differing schedules!   I set about gathering contact information on any ladies who I thought would be interested and sent out a group email.  The response was fabulous with only a couple "yeah, I don't think so's". 

The scheduling was the most daunting task for me and I spent a few afternoons working out all the kinks. There were some who were available in the morning, others for the afternoon and some for all day.  The time would be set from 9:00-2:00 and we would just have to do the best we could! 

Next? Should I give them a guide on what to wear? Why Not?

Thank you pinterest for making my life easier. Sometimes.

More planning was needed. What backgrounds did we want? 

 I met with sweet Morgan and we walked the properties we intended to use and discussed each shot. Then I went home and wrote up a checklist. 

Next, I enlisted my husband to load up table and chairs into his truck and deliver to Morgan's home. 

The day finally arrived, and I was like a tornado blazing in and around my house loading up more props, some of which were mine and others that were borrowed.

Friends pitched in at just the right moments so that we could get everything set up on time. We even had a clothes rack with accessories, tops, etc in case we needed wardrobe changes. 

Ladies began arriving. I squared my shoulders.  We prayed and then the fun began.

Another surprise for the day was Dawn who ended up being a big help!

I hardly noticed the time passing, as we went from one "scene" to the next. The ladies were fabulously flexible, as they were pulled to and from or asked to wait for long periods of time.  Morgan and I never stopped for lunch, but we did shove muffins in our faces when we started fading.

Towards the end, I think we were both tempted to say "it's a wrap" but we knew there would be no other photo shoots for some time to come. We had to get it done!

And the result? Oh my goodness. Well worth the sacrifice, sleepless nights and craziness.  I left tired but feeling so emotionally charged and full.  

And here are a few edited pictures from that day...

Our chalkboard Artist and other cuties...

Kristin, Amanda, & Lauren, our Artist. :)
And we had a lot of signs...

Ministry Team: Amy, Danette, Darla, Mandy, Kim, Me
I have so many favorites...

Our Theme for the day: We Need Each Other

This was everyone by the end of the day...

In closing, I think I found what I want to do when I grow up! And when I went home that day I found this email from one of our "talent" waiting for me...

"Wow!!! How awesome it was to have had the privilege of spending time with all those wonderful  ladies! I am so blessed to have been a part of that. Thanks to you and the team for putting this together. More importantly, thank you for having me!" Titi O.

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