One of the funnest memberships I maintain as a business owner is with The Rising Tide Society. The Rising Tide Society (or RTS) is an organization of small business owners in the creative fields who focus on business education and fellowship, with the hallmark tenet of Community over Competition and the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” I look forward to seeing and conversing with my fellow local creatives at our meetings each month; I always come away with fresh ideas and perspectives for my business! This past April we focused on collaboration and I had the privilege of organizing another Senior-inspired styled shoot. The theme of our shoot was “Sparkle Prom”, and from cahoots with a slew of other RTS photographers and creatives, we knocked it out of the park!
The inspiration for this shoot was glamorous Hollywood, vintage Gatsby, and a gold-sequined PARTY! Our models were charged with providing their own wardrobe based on specific guidelines (the main one being that the dress had to be “COVERED in sequins!”), and they all nailed it! Each of our five models wore something that not only fit the theme, but also fit her personality perfectly! Dresses were rented by the models from Rent the Runway, then we accessorized with jewelry from Gemma Jewels and Prom corsages from Christa Ledford of Simply Elegant Florals. Hair accessories were purchased from our local Michaels craft store.
We rocked two separate venues for this shoot: The Diamond Room at Wade’s Jewelers and The Burke Manor Inn & Pavillion, both in downtown Gibsonville, NC, plus a third location: a cool patch of sidewalk! We were so grateful for the kind and generous hospitality of the lovely ladies of The Diamond Room and The Burke Manor! Both locations are so stunning and we’re delighted we got to enjoy them and show them off in our photographs!
This shoot was the effort of so many RTS members. My co-host for planning and organization was fellow photographer Alex Reagon of Eaglet Photography. Other photographers included Kristin LeAnn Page (who also designed our sparkly mock Prom invitation!) and Arika Jordan. Arika also did our hair styling, and I must say, she should have a side business because WOW, the girls’ hair styles were amazing! Completing the girls’ looks was makeup by Tiffany Peck of Tansformations and Perfection by Patricia. Tiffany’s work was absolutely FLAWLESS!! I loved the girls’ bright, fresh makeup applications!
Rounding out the entourage of RTS collaborators was April Murray of Main Street Cake Shoppe, who provided super cute cake pops AND cupcakes for our styled table. They were delicious and, once we were finished photographing the food table, were quickly devoured! And finally, our gorgeous gold sequin backdrop was provided by 341 Rental Boutique.
So let’s get to some pictures! We set up our gold sequin backdrop in The Diamond Room for some fun with studio lighting. I didn’t get as much time with it as I wanted, but I’m still pleased with some of the results! I love this first photo, which was actually an outtake! The girls just had a BLAST all day, and you can see it through photos like this!
The balcony at The Diamond Room has the most DELICIOUS light!! We were all in photographer’s Heaven out there! Look at these beautiful girls!I’ve said it a thousand times to everyone I know, THIS photo, below, is my FAVORITE from the entire shoot! The expression on Katelyn’ face and just everything about her, the natural reflectors from the columns and the cement floor brightening her up, the tiniest rim lighting…oh my gosh, she’s so stunning. Jenna is the SWEETEST girl on the planet, but when she needs to look killer for a photo shoot, she gets the job done!!Showing off our corsages. Christa did such a beautiful job with these!The food table! Table coverings, white plates, bead garlands (from my wedding!), fruit cups, candy bowls, and glitter candles by moi! Cupcakes and cake pops by Main Street Cake Shoppe. Paper flag toothpicks from our local Hobby Lobby. These girls had so much fun together!! None of them knew each other before the shoot, and by the end of the day they were total BFF’s!! I loved this little patch of sidewalk! What you can’t see is all of us photographers standing in the street taking these photos, running out of the way whenever a car came by! We were like Mike Meyers in Wayne’s World (“game off!…game on!”), hahaha!The was the middle of the shoot and we were all starting to get a little goofy!Our final location was The Burke Manor. The grounds there are so lush. I love some of these romantic, serious photos.Couch from Alex Reagon, faux fur blanket from me. Had to include this one! Sayer’s hair was so beautiful, and also prone to windy mishaps like this ALL DAY! Haha! This pretty much sums up Sayer’s day – but she’s so cool and just rolled with it!These next ones of Katelyn are favorites for sure! I’m usually *scared* to shoot in full sun, but I shouldn’t be because I love these!Cornelia is HILARIOUS. Such a gorgeous model…and had us all rolling on the floor all day! You can see that hint of mischief in her eyes… :D We ended the day at the pool of The Burke Manor. I’m not sure we were strictly allowed to be in there, but it was a fun way for these girls to let loose and just giggle about whatever. And we had some giggly girls that day! It was SO fun!!!! They all did such a super job for us, and made a long day of modeling in hot weather look easy, and enjoyable! Katelyn, Cornelia, Mikaela, Jenna, and Sayer, I can’t thank you enough for jumping on board with us for this styled shoot! You all totally rocked it!!And here’s the official list of all Rising Tide Society members and other professionals involved in this sparkly styled shoot!
Shoot organizers: Alex Reagon of Eaglet Photography and me (Sarah Kehl Photography)
Makeup: Tiffany Peck of Tansformations and Perfection by Patricia
Hair styling: Arika Jordan
Participating photographers: Alex Reagon, Arika Jordan, Kristin LeAnn Page, and myself
Dresses: Rent the Runway
Jewelry: Gemma Jewels
Corsages: Simply Elegant Florals
Hair accessories: Michaels
Invitation design: Kristin LeAnn Page
Cupcakes and cake pops: Main Street Cake Shoppe
Paper flag toothpicks: Hobby Lobby
Gold sequin backdrop: 341 Rental Boutique
Venue #1: The Diamond Room at Wade’s Jewelers
Venue #2: The Burke Manor Inn & Pavillion