Hope & Michael - A Winter Elopement Styled Shoot at Aurora Farms Event Venue in Taylors, South Carolina

This intimate moody elopement styled shoot was shot at Aurora Farms Event Venue in Taylors, South Carolina, photographed by Rebecca Dinsmore on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Rebecca is an Aurora Farms wedding photographer who is based out of Greenville, South Carolina. She photographs weddings in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and is always up for travel.

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To kick off the new year and the start of my photography business relaunch in our new city, I knew I wanted to start meeting people and getting connected here in Greenville. I contacted Sophie Lindler, a local photographer in the area who I admired and we got to work planning. On January 10th, the two of us had the amazing opportunity to shoot with Michael and Hope Houser. Some of you might recognize Hope as Hope TerKeurst, daughter of Lysa Terkeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Michael and Hope were beyond easy to work with and photograph during our styled shoot. The two were eager to jump back into some wedding day attire, as they are soon approaching their three year wedding anniversary, and they so effortlessly followed mine and Sophie’s instruction. Another exciting aspect of this shoot was that we were given the opportunity to photograph these beautiful two at Aurora Farms Event Center, a new wedding venue near the city of Greenville, locally owned by a family in Taylors, South Carolina.

I usually like to scroll through images like this and try to paint a picture of what the space and the shoot looked like, but don’t let the somber portraits full you, we had a blast. Notably, there were some important steps that went into the process that eased both ourselves as photographers and the two models in front of our lenses. You might find them helpful if you are either a couple newly engaged or soon to be in-front of a camera, or a photographer yourself.

For couples: its important to not only find a photographer with a style you personally resonate with and a price in your budget, but also who you personally enjoy spending time with. You might be quick to overlook the latter, but I like to entertain the idea that this might be the most crucial aspect of the hiring process—finding someone that is right for you. Due to Sophie preexisting friendship with Michael and Hope, the two were already confident in Sophie’s ability and at ease. We may have shot in some more serious poses, but we were sure to keep our conversation going and constantly working to make the two feel most like themselves in each styled pose.

For photographers: We also shot throughout the session while listening to a relaxing playlist of indie folk/folk rock/soft pop hits. If you have not photographed alongside music, you HAVE to give it a try! This step was helpful in avoiding the awkward silent moments sometimes present in a shoot, while setting a nice stress-free mood for both you and your clients!

Styled shoots certainly something I enjoy, and hope to plan several more during 2019. During this shoot not only did I love the inside pass to a new wedding venue in our area, but I loved getting to take some risks and step outside of my usual comfort zone during a session. We used confetti poppers, shot in direct sunlight, asked our couple to literally lay down on the concrete floor for a unique perspective, and I LOVE what came of it.

Side story: the confetti was foil, which later became incredibly difficult to sweep off the floor and caused the four of us to spend an additional thirty minutes (at least!) picking up confetti pieces off the floor, from the walls, and even off the top of the ceiling fan! We make it worthwhile though, due to Hope, Sophie’s, and my mutual love for ABC’s The Bachelor and the long discussion over the new season with Colton...anyone watching tonight??

If you are from South Carolina and we haven’t met, I would love to get to know you! Leave a comment below or shoot me an message here! For more information about Sophie, she works under her maiden name Sophie Brendle, and her work can be viewed via her photography business website: www.sophiebrendle.com

Photographer: Rebecca Dinsmore of Dinsmore Photographs

Model Couple: Michael & Hope Houser

Venue: Aurora Farms Event Center in Taylors, South Carolina

Dress: Kindred Bridal by Chosen Wedding Gowns

Florals: Hudson Stems

Hair & Makeup: Brooke TerKeurst


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