On Saturday I took part in a styling and shooting workshop hosted by one of my favourite independent lifestyle magazines, 91 Magazine. I had such great time listening to the inspirational Caroline Rowland the editor and founder of 91 Magazine and the amazing photographer Jemma Watts who demonstrated the best ways to shoot and edit images for Instagram and bloggers.
I don’t know about you but I can sometimes lose myself in all the beautiful lifestyle imagery that is available on Instagram and often a bit of self doubt can creep in regarding my own imagery. Caroline and Jemma talked us through the importance of focussing on your own style and staying true to your brand identity when shooting imagery. The workshop itself was set within the Occasional Home Store , a show full of so many vintage traders and talented makers it would be difficult not feel inspired being surrounded by with so many beautiful homeware pieces!
Caroline Rowland first talked us through style and what that means to your photos, everyone has their own personal style and one of the hardest things I find is choosing one set style and sticking with it! We spoke about how with instagram especially, consistency between images is key and recently I have made a conscious effort to make sure that every image sits together and compliments each other. Overall I would say my style is mostly made up of muted and neutral tones, focusing on textures, coastal life and interiors. Thats not to say I don’t like a splash of colour here and there too!
We then spoke about the 5 key elements of shooting an image with Jemma Watts, a wonderful food and lifestyle photographer whose imagery is beautiful. One of the things that people seemed to be struggling with the most was light or lack off in these dark winter months, it can be difficult finding the right time to shoot imagery when it is dark by the time you come in from work each evening. Jemma suggested getting a daytime light bulb which is something I am definitely going to look into.
With Caroline and Jemma’s expertise we got the chance to style and shoot some of our own images using some of the most beautiful props from the Occasional Home Store it was really good fun being able to play around with lovely homeware pieces, I soon found out that I could quite happily spend hours setting up the perfect flatlay! I have included some of my favourite images from the workshop in this post featuring product from the talented makers and traders. Thank you to Caroline and Jemma for hosting such a great workshop, it was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon and I am defiantly going to put some of the tips I picked up from you both into practise very soon.