How to Approach a Calligrapher for a Styled Shoot

Styled shoots have been one of the most rewarding experiences for me as I’ve built Shotgunning for Love Letters. Early in my career, I said yes to everything. Now that I’ve gotten deeper into solidifying my brand and learned a few things about styled shoots the hard way, I've gotten much pickier and find myself saying “no” more often. I’ve compiled a list below to elaborate on some of the reasons I say “yes” or “no” to participating in a styled shoot as a calligrapher.

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Magnolia Rouge Feature - In the Studio Brand Shoot: Shotgunning for Love Letters

In the early stages of planning this shoot, I wanted to capture the feeling behind my brand and what things look like when they’re a bit undone. I’m a fan of less structure and believe things eventually work themselves out and unfold organically.

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Semi Custom Calligraphy and Type Save the Date Collection: A Collaboration with Ruby the Fox

Today is the day our semi custom save the date collection finally launches. Acknowledging a couple's desire for a custom-looking design while keeping cost in mind, Megan of Ruby the Fox and I created a collection of simple, type-forward save the dates. Made for the modern romantic bride, and offered in a curated color palette, the collection features my modern + organic calligraphy and Megan's love of white space.

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Brittland Estates Coastal Maryland Wedding: Maddy and Ryan

Working on Maddy and Ryan's wedding was one of the highlights of my year at Shotgunning for Love Letters. When I first met Maddy, she said "the most important thing to me are flowers and paper" and I was sold!

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Free Art: Sam Smith - Palace - Calligraphy Lyric Print Download - "Sometimes I wish we never built this palace, but real love is never a waste of time"

Some songs are so powerful, I have to stop what I'm doing and write the lyric and digitize it. That's exactly how I felt when I heard this one. I formally dare you to get through listening to Sam Smith's Palace without feeling all the feelings. Right click, save, print, and frame in an 8" x 10" or feel free to share on social media, but please tag Shotgunning for Love Letters!

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