So, I know the title is a bit confusing so before you go getting all judge-y, let me explain. About a year ago I was scouring the web for info on interior design. The SEO gods pointed me in the direction of Sarah Akwisombie and her gloriously helpful blog. (I'm an unashamed fan. #SorryNotSorry) Anyway, the post was called "The 5 Step Guide To Becoming An Interior Stylist" and I can say, without bias, it was extremely helpful.
Long story short, step one of Sarah's five recommendations is to "shoot your own shit". Simple and seemingly obvious advice, but here we are, a year later and I'm barely getting around too it. Turns out this step was actually quite intimidating for me. That being said, I thought I'd share my insight in case you, my fellow wanna-be stylist, are also hitting a similar road block. Let's jump into a behind the scenes look at a recent shoot I did, followed by a few tips to help you out on your first few shoots.
Behind The Scenes
I started off with a pretty simple idea inspired by a stapler of all things. (I'm not crazy I swear. It's a really inspiring stapler.) I found it at Target and it created this weird need in me to own a buncha metallic office supplies. I figured it would be a fun post to write and an easy shoot so, the idea was born!
I picked up a few extra metallic supplies for my workspace. However, I decided to DIY the rest since I already had them laying around in normal, boring old office supply color. With a can of spray paint and an old bandana, I went in! Here's what I learned from that little fiasco...
- Don't spray paint when it's windy
- Sealing Spray isn't just a ploy by the spray paint company to make you buy more spray paint.
- Wear a mask or prepare to pass out.
- No really - buy the gloves! That sh*t stains!
"Alright DYIs done, time for the easy part!" said the naive girl I once was.
No but really, photography is actually pretty freakin hard. Especially when your doing it with an iPhone, a makeshift backdrop, and low light. My first attempt came out... well you see it. It's horrendous and embarrassing. But, I'm not a quitter so I took to google. Here are a few awesome posts that helped me clean up my act...
Blog Photography Help thats worth the read:
After doing some research and sulking a bit, I finally decided to reshoot my little metallic office supplies project. While the results aren't stellar, they're a hell of a lot better than before. This time I really focused on lighting and styling the shot for the camera angle I wanted. These ideas plus a handy little app called VSCO helped produce the not-so-terrible images you see below. : )
Ta-dah! You may recognize these photos from my Instagram, Twitter, and last weeks post! They're not the best thing that's ever graced the internet, but I'm pretty proud of them. That being said, I'm officially ready to share my top 3 photography tips, from one novice to another.
3 tips for your 1st shoot
1. Practice makes perfect ...or at least better than the last time you practiced.
I'm gonna be 100% honest. Your attempts at photography may look like literal sh*t. The only way to improve them is by continuing to try!
2. Let a pro show you how it's done.
I always think it's a good idea to take advice from those who have been there. Luckily, we have the world wide web to connect us to thousands of industry leaders. Do your research!
3. Lighting is everything.
My number one tip for improving your photography = improve your lighting!
Alright all. That's a wrap! I hope you guys found this helpful and encouraging. I know taking your own photos and styling your own stuff can be intimidating at first but they seem like pretty necessary skills for a wanna be interior stylist! Please send me some of your most recent shots as well as any good tips or posts you've found so we can grow and learn together!
Until next time, happy shooting!