Can you believe we are almost done with the styled for print series?
It is so funny how just sharing a few details about our speech has turned into a whole collection of blog posts. And I have a few more tips to share today and then something fun coming your way.
But first, let’s talk about imperfections, editing rooms and why simple spaces such as hallways and doorways should be included in a photo.
Have you ever thought about what it is that brings life to a photo and makes it interesting when you open a magazine or book?
It is a lot of things working together that we have already talked about it but it is also that sense that you are stepping into a room or a home.
It is a ‘moment’ that is captured.
And creating that feeling is key to capturing a beautiful photo.
#1. When photographing a vignette or a room, think about ways to show the real life setting.
First advice- add a dog. Or a cat. Or a person.
Adding someone or something to the photo brings personality.
Who can resist a sweet puppy snoozing on a chair? In a photo, seeing that dog on the chair makes you feel like you just stepped into the room and into a real life moment.
Same thing with a table setting.
The food with nibbles missing shows ‘capturing a moment’ making it feel like you happened upon a lovely meal being enjoyed.
#2. Make it a little imperfect. This sets the photo apart from the everyday and perfectly staged. Make it a little more real.
How many times do you hear people talk about how social media, blogs, photos, etc are not ‘real life’? Where is all the mess, the not so pretty, the bed that isn’t made because your alarm didn’t go off in time and you had to dash out the door?
In a photo- perfection is a good thing.
And so in Imperfection.
That messy bed? Love it. It feels real and welcoming.
So sometimes- you want that imperfect showing in a photo.
Toys on the floor, flower petals that have fallen from the fading roses on the nightstand,
the bunched up sheets on the bed with a cup of coffee.
A perfectly made bed is beautiful- yes indeed- and
imperfect shows real life and adds another personality
#3. Edit out distractions.
Even in a chock full type of look- take some away.
I have a confession. I have a white dish, vintage china and Arte Italica dish disorder.
I hoard dishes.
Ironstone at the flea market? MINE.
A stack of vintage plates at the thrift store? Do I need them? No… but I love them.
And I love to see them in my china cupboard.
But when I take a photo of the china cupboard?
Do I really want to see every. single. dish, tureen, cup and bowl that I can cram into that cupboard in the photo?
You have to edit sometimes to make it work. Take away some of the too much – even if you like the too much and that is your look. Your photo will still benefit from taking some out and allowing for a little bit of breathing space and movement in between pieces.
#4. Don’t just capture rooms, capture spaces.
A home and designs are often as much about the interaction and transitions of spaces as they are about the room you see right away.
So think about different ways to ‘show’ a room.
Capture the room in the reflection of a mirror for example.
And that armoire or artwork in your house that is next to a hallway?
Show the armoire and include the hallway to bring a sense of ‘walking through’ a space
and show that the corner of the room leads to another room.
All in all, think about what you like to see-
and work towards styling and capturing those things in your photos.
I hope you have been enjoying the Styled For Print series.
Any questions or thoughts?
And would love to know if you have tried any of the tips and how they have worked for you!
And there is just one more blog post about this series-but I am thinking about
something fun to go along with it- so stay tuned.