Today is an exciting day on The Capture Crew podcast because Christora and Tom get to chat with Silo Farms owner Brock Lisby all about venues and what important things photographers may be missing.
First of all, if you’re not familiar with Silo Farms in Shelbyville, KY, then you’re in for a treat.
This unassuming venue may look like nothing more than a farm barn on the outside, but it’s a fully operational wedding venue boasting many things other farm barn venues cannot.
Silo Farms is ADA-compliant with heating, air, and indoor restrooms. It may not sound like a big deal, but trust us, when you start looking into those barn weddings you’ve been Pinning, you’ll realize they’re not all up to the challenge of being both rustic and having basic necessities.
Brock explained to Christora and Tom during the show that they spent a lot of attention on the details when building this unique venue. It was originally going to be hosted in the home on the property but as the building process began during the start of the pandemic, they had to shift gears so as not to lose their construction loan.
That’s how the barn was born.
With a desire to create a space that is unique and charming, every detail of this venue has been intentionally built.
Everyone agreed, having places to shoot makes a venue stand out among the rest.
Silo Farms has an expansive outdoor space with many unexpected elements to bring your wedding photos to life. Brock was shocked to find out that the hay bales he intended to feed to his cows actually made the desired background element for many of the outdoor photos.
But that’s not all. Brock encourages photographers to call their wedding venues ahead of time and ask questions.
Knowing where you will be able to take your photos will help streamline your efforts on a couples wedding day, and it will help you be able to think more creatively, rather than on the spot.
Brock is very open to photographers making an appointment to come before a wedding day to walk around and see what everything looks like so they can get the best shots.
In fact, he says of most of the photos he’s seen, the ones that planned ahead often stood out over the ones that didn’t. So that’s something to consider when working with a new-to-you venue.
One thing that venues wished photographers would do is send a gallery after the wedding. While you may only think of the couple in this scenario, venues rely on the magic captured during actual weddings to help share their space online.
As a photographer, especially when working with a really new venue, it is in your best interest to establish relationships with the venues. Simple gestures such as sharing some photos they can use and tagging them online when you post can help build a positive connection with the venue.
And as Brock shares, often couples are looking for venues before they’re looking for photographers. In these instances, Brock would love to be able to share those connections with the couples to bolster a sort of partnership with local photographers.
If you’re a new photographer, this could be a really excellent and seamless way to begin to grow your business, plus it’s just really nice to have enjoyable working experiences with other vendors and venues.
You can learn more about Silo Farms at silofarmsky.com or on Facebook. Have a question? Send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime enjoy these stunning photos Christora captured at a recent styled shoot at Silo Farms!