Ok, this one was REALLY fun. Are you ready?
Quigley and I were planning a trip to Portugal so we decided to reach out to some our favorite brands we’ve worked with in the past to see if they’d be interested in partnering with us. We were so excited when Lovers Society said yes and asked us to shoot 3 different wedding dresses all around Portugal.
Lovers Society is a bridal brand owned by Rue De Seine Bridal. I had originally shot for Rue De Seine Bridal a long time ago, so when they launched Lovers Society, they commissioned me to help with this new brand. It’s a more affordable, more boho, free spirit type of bridal line. And when they launched it, there really wasn’t anything else out there like it. We had shot a few different look books for them in the past and were so excited to see what we could do with these new dresses in Portugal.
When we got there, we did tons of research and scouting and decided to save some of the most epic locations for these dresses. We shot 3 different dresses in 3 different locations (2 in the town of Citroën & 1 in Lisbon) and they just turned out so cool. Some of my favorite images I’ve ever taken. And Portugal is definitely my most favorite location I’ve ever traveled to. We had a lot of fun with it. We shot at a beautiful old church/cathedral and a massive estate with sprawling gardens.
Why do I share all this? To show how you too can get paid to travel! Of course there are sometimes those projects where the client requests you go to a specific location but you can also proactively pick an idea too. Following this model, you would plan the trip and then reach out to the brands you already have relationships with to see if they want to take advantage of it. When you have relationships already, this is a great way to travel because brands love to jump on board these opportunities with a team they already trust. Plan your trip with a model or influencer and you can charge more for that. Or you can contact people who live in the location you’re traveling to and you can network and make connections that way. We had to bring all the products with us and coordinate the shipping of the product in advance.
What do you think? Where would you go if you could shoot a brand anywhere?