Sometimes I wish I’d studied photography instead of design. But hey, that would have taken me down a completely different path to the one I’m on now.
Over the last few years, I’ve done a lot of creative workshops from screen printing, fabric dyeing and printing, blogging and social media, to photography and styling.
The styling element of photography has always intrigued me and it’s something that I’m still learning. I did a great course with photographer Brooke Holm (Photography 101 run by Megan Morton’s The School) where I was also lucky enough to meet stylist Marsha Golemac. (see my earlier post here).
One of the coolest things I learnt from Marsha Golemac was how to photograph a product, a flat lay, or an object. Basically place your object/s on the floor and shoot from above. It sounds so simple but it really works and allows you to capture the whole scene. You can also use a step ladder if you need to get up high. Ideally, if you have a tripod, it makes it a lot easier. It’s not a necessity though. I don’t even know where my tripod is, so that’s how long it’s been since I used it!
While setting up one of my vignettes, Ava wanted to create her own and started setting hers up next to mine. It was so great to see her interested in the creative process. She carefully chose and placed different items and asked me to photograph hers too. Who knows, maybe Miss Ava will have a career as a stylist?
Since then we’ve been playing around with styling the trinkets on her bedside table. It changes all the time and I love the idea of capturing these vignettes as she grows older. It could turn into a lovely little series we could frame and add to each year.