Styling & Art Direction for The Motion Workshop


14 professional photographers in one room all learning and wanting to add motion to their skill set - that's why they came to Ale Vidal's Motion Workshop. When Ale asked me to style four different shoots for them to capture I thought, "14 photographers!? This HAS to be good!" Then I thought, "Wouldn't it be SO great to get some clothing brands involved? They would be getting all of this content for their social outlets!"

Years ago my mind wouldn't have gone to brand partnerships it just would have focused on how to execute the shoot well. What I have realized, however, is that executing these shoots well means partnering with brands. Access to clothing is the hardest part for a stylist, so if you can add value to the brands that you want to work with by providing quality content and social sharing then it's a win, win for all parties involved.

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So, before I approached brands to be a part of these shoots, Ale identified two high school senior themes, a bridal style and an engaged couple based on the background of her attendees. From there I started using secret Pinterest boards to solidify the mood, the style and the scenes with Ale. Then I was able to start dreaming about what brands would be a good fit for the different styles.

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Lulu*s sent us wardrobe for both high school senior shoots - a soft, natural prairie girl and a loud, bold, music lovin' girl. Lulu*s market is very young so they were a perfect match. Just one outfit was needed for both girls.

For the prairie girl we wanted a pastel palette, a dress that felt ultra feminine and innocent. We chose a blonde model with light eyes - Kacey from Agency AZ was amazing. Braids are a youthful hairstyle, as well as minimal makeup. Miriam Kenly and Stephanie are pros at bringing visions to life. For the scene, we thought about a basket of flowers for her to play with. I loved the idea of a clothes line with fabrics that would blow in the wind. Hilary Kram, a wonderful florist and creative, added some beautiful greens and floral to the clothes line to create more interest.


For the music lovin' high school senior we wanted to portray a girl that loved NYLON magazine. I chose a bold color palette and stuck with the current fashion trends such as mini skirts and muscle tees. The bright lipstick Stephanie Neiheisel created from a MAC pigment was genius. It matched her skirt perfectly. We decided to keep her hair down so that it would move well for the camera as she jumped on the bed and whipped it back and forth. Teens love to listen to music and these gold Frends headphones were the perfect fashion accessory. There's nothing that reminds me of being a teenager more than flipping through magazine and filling out quizzes. Because our model, Emily of Agency AZ, was being put in a studio setting Ale loved the idea of having some cool floral elements to make it a bit more interesting. Hilary did a an amazing job with stringing some carnations. It was simple, but a powerful set element.


We also had a young couple in their 20's who were pretending to be engaged who embodied a laid back, L.A. style. Lulus*s also outfitted the bride-to-be. Katherine Thornhill was our model and she is actually a wedding planner that helps brides prepare for their engagement shoots a lot. She and her boyfriend, Chris, were a real couple that could emote and express love on camera. I chose a maxi dress for her and layered a ton of jewelry on her hands to create interest for the camera. A center part with her long locks further ensured the boho vibe of their style. For Chris, we actually worked with a small budget and his wardrobe to come up with a simple, somewhat 'hipster' outfit. Simply peg rolling his pants and rolling his sleeves was a detail that took an easily preppy look to a more casual, west coast vibe. For the set we layered oriental carpets and pillows of different textures and colors. We also used a hammock that swung back and forth for motion purposes.

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For our sensual, moody, haunting bride we started looking at bridal boutique partnerships, but nothing seemed to fit the high fashion quality that was needed to make this bride different from the rest. I had recently done some Pinterest consulting for Fame & Partners and remembered that they make custom dresses. After falling in love with a black dress, I asked if they could design it in white...and they did! The silk chiffon material was PERFECT for movement. For the set, we chose to pose her by ivy and a beautiful water fountain filled with roses. The movement of the water was great for motion!

Check out the film Ale made here and to hear from Ale about why she held the motion workshop, visit her blog here.

All of this production wouldn't have been possible without a stellar team and wonderful brand partnerships. Please go follow all of these people and brands!

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Photos by Ale Vidal  & Mary Claire Photography // // www. Styling and Art Direction by AVE Styles //

Bride: Madeleine Alexandra // High school seniors // Kacey & Emily // Engaged couple // Katherine & Chris // Make-up: SN Makeup // Hair: Miriam Kenly // Florals: Hilary Lamb // Wedding dress by Fame and Partners // Clothes by Lulu*s //

Brand Shoot & Film for Stacy Kokes Photography


Stacy and I go waaaaaaaaay back - way back to college when I used to pick her and her roommate for church on Sundays. This was long before the days of styling and photography. We were just two college girls trying to figure out who we were and what we wanted to do with our lives. Since then Stacy has become a wedding photographer and I have become a stylist. Stacy reached out to me a couple months back letting me know she was in the rebranding process for her business (check out her new site here). She new that she wanted to style a shoot the represented the feel and lifestyle of her new branding because she knew the importance of creating a cohesive experience for potential clients.

We dreamed up a styled shoot featuring two of her favorite people that also happen to be REALLY good looking - Chris and Lauren. Using Pinterest and email we collaborated and honed in on creating a approachable, beautiful and well-styled experience. This shoot was actually featured on Desiree Hartstock's blog. You may know her as The Bachelorette. =)

Flower crowns, a picnic, spring and summer colors...It's basically oozing love and all things pretty...I hope you like it! You can see more photos by visiting Stacy's blog.


Check out this beautiful shoot in motion too!

Engagement Shoot from Ryan Doran on Vimeo.

Photography: Stacy Kokes Photography

Models: Chris + Lauren

Fashion Styling: Alex of AVE Styles

Flowers: Sarah’s Garden

Makeup: Ashley Nicole

Video: Ryan Blake Films

Jenny & Jesse Styled

Over the past couple of years I've looked forward to fall not only because of the cooler weather, but because that I get to style love birds for their engagement sessions almost every week. I had the pleasure of working with Jenny and Jesse, clients of Gina Meola's, for their photo session last month. They were dream clients who flew all of the way from San Francisco to Scottsdale to have their love captured among the gorgeous desert. After a VERY successful shopping trip with Jenny we found not one, not two, but THREE outfits for her to wear. That's my kind of client right there - a gal that loves to show off her style.

Check out some photos of Jenny and Jesse below, and make sure to head on over to Gina Meola's blog to see more.

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Photography by Gina Meola Makeup by Stephanie Neiheisel Wardrobe styling by AVE Styles

Jessica & Travis Virtually Styled

I LOVE styling engagement shoots. Two people in love are the perfect clients, no? I was thrilled to get to style Jessica and Travis, clients of Jeffrey Shipley's, for their engagement shoot in California. Seeing the photos makes me WISH I could have been there, but it also makes me so happy that I was able to style them perfectly from afar.

Jessica and Travis both appreciate fashion and trends, and wanted to look picture perfect for their photo session with Jeff. After collaborating on a Pinterest board, they went out shopping and came back with clothes that fit them well, are timeless and colorful. All qualities you want to see in an outfit for photos that you are going to look back on for a lifetime.

Jeff did a tremendous job capturing their love and good looks. I can't wait to style more beautiful clients of his. =) To see more photos from this engagement session, please visit Jeff's blog.

Mia & Dean Styled

A month ago, I had the opportunity to style Mia and Dean, clients of Gina Meola's, for their engagement session. I love engagement sessions because it's just two people being themselves in front of the camera. I always tell my clients that they are not going to have a bunch of wedding pictures scattered around their house because frankly the white dress in every photo gets old. Pictures in every-day clothes, acting like themselves are just as special and timeless.

Mia and Dean definitely have style! It took me less than two hours to find four outfits for them. I usually just recommend two, but we couldn't resist the opportunity to show off their fashion sense in addition to their love.

I'm convinced that Mia is sisters with Eva Mendez. She is stunning, no?!

We selected Mia's outfits first. I always find that easier since women's outfits can be more complex considering the many combinations patterns, jewelry, shoes, etc create. From there we chose Dean's clothes, and made sure everything complemented each other.

Dean invited his kids for a couple shots after we had chosen everything. So, I just advised them on what would complement their clothes best and they did a wonderful job shopping!

To see more photos of Mia and Dean's session with Gina Meola, click here.