Final Photoshoot



Kent Corley Photography

A few weeks ago, before I shipped everything off to Louisiana, the talented Kent Corley took some studio shots of the finished jacket.

Why take studio shots on a dressform when it’s really about the bride?  Good question.  Glad you asked.

I do believe that the wedding garment is only at home on the actual woman and, really, on the actual day.  It is designed not only for the bride, but for the location, time of day, time of year….  A dress could never look as pretty on a form as it will on the bride on her wedding day.

On the other hand there is Kent.  I always love his photos and I think he gives a great style to my portfolio.  In his photos, you can truly evaluate the garment without the distraction of the beautiful woman.  Also, I like to have a safety net of great shots, since there is no guarantee that I will get good photos at the wedding.  (In this case it was especially scary because I was shipping the garment.  If it, heaven forbid, got lost or damaged in the mail, at least I got some amazing photos of it first!)  I’m aware that not every wedding photographer has the same aesthetic as I do, and I also have to get permission to use their photos.  The photographer has every right to say that I cannot use their product to sell my product.  (So far, all my brides’ photographers were happy to share their work with me, if for no reason but the free advertising.)

Fortunately, I happen to know that Jill’s wedding photographer is amazing!  She just had her bridal shoot and I am dying to post pics!!!  Right now, I’m just waiting for the permission…
Until then, I present to you a few of the lovely photos from the incredibly talented Kent Corley Photography.  To see all the photos, click here.



Kent Corley Photography



Kent Corley Photography


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Hi there! I'm Brooks Ann.

I’m an independent designer and couture dressmaker for one-of-a-kind bridalwear located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I also teach the sew-curious both in-person and online.

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