August 1, 2020

Reasons to Hire a Stylist for Your Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes, Photo Shoots

As an experienced photographer, you may say,” why do I need a stylist, I know how to set up a photo session!”

Working with another creative can uplevel your final results by leaps! When more than one creative join their ideas and vision, the results are magic! A good stylist is a good listener, that will take your overall vision for the project and help you to produce amazing results! Whether this allows you to please a client and get more work through raving reviews, or provides the leverage to get work published, our job is to make Your business even more appealing. By combining your experience as a visionary with the skills of a designer, you have now set your work apart from the competition!

Some results of working with Lynda at Lavender Blue:

Riley G. Iowa photographer: Jan 2, 2019

I would recommend Lynda with Lavender Blue over & over & over again! I have worked with her numerous times and she has always exceeded expectation. She is kind, warm, easy to work with an absolutely incredible at what she does. She creates harmony among the flowers and colors. She knows how to make you an arrangement that is a show-stopping piece or some understated piece or work to help set the style that you are wanting to create. I would HIGHLY recommend Lavender Blue to anyone that needs any kind of floral related needs.

Sara Reus – Des Moines Photographer

Lynda has such an eye for creating floral art pieces. You won’t find anything of hers done by other florists in town because she puts time and so much care into each piece she creates. It shows that she absolutely loves what she does and has had the experience to give you exactly what you’ve dreamed up.

Megan Taylor-Des Moines Photographer

Lynda was so great to work with; she was timely, professional and super sweet! I sent her a few photos of what I was wanting and she knocked the final flower arrangements out of the park. I definitely will be doing business with her again in the future.

Below- comment from Wanderlust Fashion – Des Moines Iowa

Lynda and I collaborated together on a styled shoot and a fashion show. Her creativity and skills top any other florist. Her hard work and artistic abilities show through in everything she creates. I would recommend her to all event coordinators and brides to be. She is wonderful to work with.

Mandi Swanson  coordinator for Vintage Market Fairs, Iowa

We had the honor of partnering with Lynda (Lavender Blue Floral) for our spring local market. She blew our expectations out of the water! Not only is she one of the nicest people ever her talent for floral artistry is equally amazing. She worked tirelessly to set up displays throughout the event as well as her booth. Very knowledgeable, and professional we hope to work with her on every future event!

Andi Vance, owner of Aporei Boudoir Lingerie

Lavender Blue Floral is a pleasure to work with!  She creates a vision, and follows through- whether that is infant flower tiaras, corporate event styling or a bridal bouquet.  Highly recommended for any Central Iowa Floral needs.

You are a photographer, you are an expert at gathering light and images and capturing them in your lens to create an unforgettable image for your client.

 On the photoshoot day, your job should just be taking pictures. You can leave someone else to the work of setting up and staging! When the session is over, I work for the goal of hearing the photographer exclaim how stress-free their job was that day. They were able to really focus on the concept they wanted to create and the story they wanted to tell with the photos. You are busy setting up your equipment, posting on your social media, and answering emails from potential clients. Let us do the running around while you rest and daydream about all of the people and places you would like to invite into your world of art, created by you and the camera lens. 

You say, “well you are not photographer, how will you know about the elements needed to create the pictures I want?”

We are artists just like you. The principles and elements of design, like balance, harmony, and contrast, are used every day in our work as designers. As a professional florist, I use all of the same rules that you do in producing a finished product that has texture, depth, and pleasing lines. In doing a styled photo session, we work Together. I set up the vignettes, create floral pieces when needed, and even find and coordinate all of the needed vendors based on your desired concept outcomes.

Once the shoot starts, you are able to roam and get all the special little details shots of each vignette, while we work with the hair and makeup professionals and ready the clothing and outfit accessories on your client or model to produce the perfect results that you are wanting!

“I am a busy professional, and don’t have time to source all of the props and clothing I want to incorporate”

We do research and running! We have great relationships with trusted, local vendors for everything from hair to handbags! We will work hard to find all of the perfect elements to bring your vision to life! We are experts at seeing the Big Picture of the day and can bring it all together, you just sit back and get ready to click!

View the full gallery of photos at:

Florals and styling: Lavender Blue

Photographer: Kourtney Knapp

Hair and makeup: Hello Darlin Glam

Lingerie: Amour Boutique

Dress and accessories: Weddings by Design DSM

Model: Sara Reus

Hand-lettering: Lettered Love by Kendra

Video: Alyson O’Hara

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