Hi there! Oh, yep, that's me climbing the ladder. Excuse my hot mess of a hair situation! It was a shoot day (aka running all over the place), and it was H-O-T in San Diego that day! But the shoot was a success, so my hair isn't so important in the grand scheme! So, anyways, I thought I would do something different today and I'm hoping that you like it / find it helpful because it is something I would like to do once per month. I took some images from my most recent shoots and broke it down to offer some of my top tips in styling. These tips will include anything from how to style for photos to how to style with color, and so much more in between. Each month, I'll give you three new tips which will be added to this original post - this way, you have all tips in one place! How handy is that?! Just trying to keep it easy for you friends :) Okay, let's talk about my first three tips of the series...
TIP NO. 1 : CHOOSE A BACKDROP THAT DOES JUSTICE TO THE DESIGN / LAYOUT
I am super guilty of getting caught up in choosing background areas that I love vs. what will actually be best for my set-up, especially when it comes to the photographs of the set-up.
Take for example the image on the left. While there were aspects that I love - the sun shining through the lemons and the escort cards - you can clearly see that the image on the right helps to really let the most important part shine, which is the display.
Lesson learned - clean & simple is often best. Choose a clean background and leave the noise out of it!
TIP NO. 2 : USE FUN & UNIQUE WAYS TO STYLE WITH COLOR
As you probably very well know, while there will always be a place in my heart for a neutral palette, I am mostly all about color! I absolutely love playing with new and unique ways to use color in my designs and am constantly trying to change it up. In the images above, there is really no right or wrong, it's more about just learning new perspectives in how to view the colors you are working with. Expect to see lots of future styling tips that revolve around color, as there are tons of awesome ways to incorporate it into your designs.
So, in the left image, you will see that I have mixed all of the colors up in a (somewhat) random order. FYI - there is no true "random" when it comes to styling because everything is done very purposefully, and in this case I purposely randomized the glassybaby votives. Get it? Cool, let's move on! So, this is one way to play with color. Make it your confetti. When you are setting your table, sprinkle your color votives, vases, or other elements "randomly" across to get fun pops throughout.
Or, as another option, you can flow your objects by color groupings. (see right image) Take all of the objects you are working with and group them together by color family - i.e. all shades of pink, all shades of blue, etc. I personally have a thing for the way this looks. It is so appealing and fresh the the eye, especially when you have an amazing variety of color. Have fun with this! Imagine how gorgeous this would be with jewel tones for a late summer or early fall wedding!
TIP NO. 3 : PLAY WITH SOLID COLOR OPTIONS THAT MAKE YOUR OBJECTS POP (SPECIFICALLY IN PHOTOGRAPHY)
Ninety-five percent of the time, I am an all white setting kind of a gal when it comes to shooting objects - either flat lays or small vignettes - because I love that crisp, clean look. But sometimes what I am photographing is just begging for a bold, solid background color other than white.
Take for example the images above of the glassware. I originally shot it on the white backdrop, which just didn't allow the gorgeous details of the glasses to show through. Then, when I tried a black backdrop - which was totally outside my comfort zone - I was floored by the difference. I was in love! Black particularly worked because it was a neutral shoot where there was a lot of black used, so keep in mind that you would want to use a solid, bold color that fit to the palette of the particular project you are working on. If this is a foreign thought to you like it was to me, I highly suggest experimenting with it. I really think you might just be really pleased with the outcome!
I would love to know if you found this helpful and also what types of styling tips you might like to see in the future! Please leave a comment below with your thoughts! I look forward to continuing this series next month. Until then, I'll see you back here on the blog next week, and on Instagram on the daily!