In most cases, I believe less is more. And when it comes to photo shoots, less in front of the camera is so much more impactful. The camera may be working with less, but behind the scenes it’s just the opposite…there’s a whole lot more going on than meets the camera’s eye!

This past Valentine’s Day, we launched a brand new article in our e-mag, Nora Murphy Country House Style, Country House Weddings – The Art of Styling a Bride – . Connecticut-based bridal stylist, Bridget Kellogg,( gave us the inside scoop on the importance of accessorizing.

To best show what Bridget had in mind, we scheduled a photo shoot to take place at Ricci’s Salon and Spa in Newtown, Connecticut ( where the multi-talented, and beautiful, hairdressing students from Ricci’s Academy worked their magic behind and in front of the camera; styling hair, doing make-up, and actually modeling. Our photographer, Duanne Simon, and Ricci’s Salon owner, Dan Riccio (an accomplished photographer – just one of the many hats Dan wears), set-up and pointed their gear at the damask-wallpapered flat (a.k.a. dummy wall) that Bridget hauled in and set-up at the very start of the day.

There were lots of moving parts during the shoot: make-up, hair, dress, jewelry, head pieces, and bouquets. Staging areas for each part were created to streamline the process as much as possible (with so many people and so many parts it can become chaotic at times). The objective is always to get as many different styling combinations, and as much photography, as possible in one shoot. The light is key, as well as the energy of the models, the stylist, and the photographer.

It was a great shoot. Literally, a non-stop day that started with the load-in at 8a.m. and ended with a load-out at 5 p.m. “It’s a wrap” is always music to my ears – happy that we got what we needed (and then some). And very happy that I’m one step closer to a big glass of wine and a good long soak in a hot bath!

Love, Nora








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