Out of the Box - Eight Teams, Dozens of surprise props, and one lucky winner


A New Twist on Styled Shoots
Sponsored by Color Pop Events

Are you a new photographer who is not sure about how to pull off a rad Styled Shoot? Are you an experienced photographer who is getting a little tired of trying to make your styled shoot EXTRA SUPER CREATIVE OMG? Do you have styled shoot fatigue?

Come with us on a magical adventure.

Out of the Box is a choose-your-own-adventure styled shoot challenge taking place January 17 - 31, 2017.

Get together with your favorite vendor pals to form a team and receive a design theme along with a special Mystery Box filled with fun, beautiful, eclectic shoot supplies. Compete against other teams of wedding creatives across the country to design and photograph a styled shoot incorporating the items you find in the box. Feel free to get as zany, high-fashion, or conceptual as you wish! Our favorite shoot will be featured across four spreads in Catalyst Wedding Magazine Volume Four and all teams will have their work published on our blog. 

Excited? More details:

  • Shoot must feature at least two (professional or non-professional) models or whatever gender, age, nationality, ethnicity, size, ability, orientation, etc, you wish. In the spirit of Catalyst, we encourage all participants to keep our values of diversity and representation in mind when selecting subjects to photograph.
  • All teams must include a photographer who will be responsible for submitting photos by the deadline and may include as many members as you wish. Recommended vendors to have on your team include florists, graphic designers, printmakers, hair and makeup artists, wedding stylists or coordinators, jewelers, venues, clothing designers, caterers, bakers or other dessert experts, etc.
  • Although it's free to apply, a fee of $55 per team will be required to participate, which will cover shipping and cost of supplies. 

Out of the Box 2016 Submissions



Congratulations! We loved your application and are so excited to see what you come up with. Please use the icon to the right to pay your team's registration fee. Thank you!