Posts in STYLING SESSIONS
Beet Hummus

I've had a fascination with food and prop styling for awhile now, but haven't had much of a chance to play around it. I love to cook but I'm definitely a recipe follower, so creating food-related content has never really felt like a fit for me, and since this is new territory for me, it also comes with a little fear.

Until I decided to look at it a little differently — to focus more on the styling side of things and let the pros handle the recipes (for now).

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DIY Tile Backdrop

I can hardly believe it, but here we are with the fifth and final instalment of the DIY backdrop series we've been working on for the past few weeks. If you're just popping in now, we started with a white wood backdrop in week one, following it with what might be my favourite DIY backdrop yet, a textured backdrop that we painted a dusty shade of pink and used for styling a floral flatlay for our second project. We then simplified things a little and turned to porcelain tiles for our marble backdrop, taking a break from the paintbrushes and drying time until the next one, where we took it back to my original DIY backdrop (and still a favourite go-to of mine), the solid coloured backdrop that's perfect for customizing with your shade of choice.

And that, my friends, brings us to today, as we wrap up this little styling series, with another more recent addition to my backdrop collection — the tile backdrop. 

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Minimal Holiday Decor Inspiration

With the holidays quickly sneaking up on us and it being December and all, it felt appropriate for this month's creative exploration to be focused on something, well — holiday focused, and since a tree is usually the extent of our decorating, I figured this would be a good chance to challenge myself to do a little something extra this year. At the same time, I've been craving simplicity in all facets of my life, from my wardrobe to my calendar to my home, so the idea of adding more stuff (read: tacky holiday decorations) kind of felt like the opposite of what I'm currently working towards. 

Thus, a challenge emerged — to add a little holiday flair to our apartment without acquiring more bits and baubles and while supporting my newfound craving for minimalism. Something simple that still feels special (and relatively festive), that would maybe even last beyond the holiday season without feeling like it passed an expiration date. 

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DIY Coloured Backdrop

Coloured backdrops will always hold a special place in my heart, as they were really my first foray into DIY backdrops for styling. It took me a little while to figure out what the best supplies to use were, but an exploratory trip to The Home Depot Canada and a couple test runs later, I had figured out a simple, low cost way to achieve a coloured backdrop that you could literally make in any paint colour. Hello, branded backdrops!  

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DIY Marble Backdrop

The third backdrop in this little DIY series we've been working on, this one's a little different since, well, it doesn't exactly require as much doing as the white wood backdrop and the textured styling backdrop.

I'm all about keeping things simple though, and marble is one of my favourite surfaces to shoot on, so I've been looking for different styles of marble and easier ways to capture detail shots without pulling out my larger marble slab (which also weighs a ton).

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DIY Textured Styling Backdrop

We started off this backdrop styling series last week with a white wood option, and for our second surface, we're using a new set of supplies from The Home Depot Canada to create a textured backdrop using plaster.

With a beautiful textured surface that you can customize to your liking and the opportunity to play with a colour palette of your choosing, this backdrop is a nice alternative to a solid coloured background that still gives you the opportunity to infuse a signature colour into your content. The texture creates a subtle, natural effect that is perfect for flatlays or those coveted detail shots that help tell a story. 

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DIY White Wood Backdrop

When it comes to styling, there are a number of decisions that need to be made to bring a photo concept to life, and one of the most important details that need to to be determined right off the bat is what backdrop you’re going to use. Helping to tell your story and quite literally setting the stage for your shot, your backdrop choice should not only tie in with your overall brand style, but also tie in and complement your subject matter without competing with it too much.

If you create your own content (or even if you work closely with a team in order to do so), it’s not a bad idea to build a styling toolkit that includes some go-to backdrops along with your props, which means you’ll always have them at the ready and can ensure some consistency throughout your visual content.

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Styling a Tablescape with Pink and Gold Details

It started with a folder of inspiration images on my desktop and a gravitation towards a fall-toned colour palette filled with dusty pink and golden details, and after taking it through my creative process and dissecting it a little bit, it started to take form as a tablescape design.

You could file “host dinner (or brunch) parties” alongside a few other adult activities that I wish were actually part of my reality, so maybe this can be considered a trial run of sorts? 

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Exploring the Creative Process with a Fall Color Palette

Back in September, when I started to settle back into my normal routine a little, I found myself starting to collect inspiration images that felt distinctly fall-like — though with a Studio Bicyclette angle, of course. It didn’t take long before I found myself with a desktop folder full of saved images and a board dedicated to this new direction, and I started to notice some patterns in what I had found myself attracted to — rich textures, warm hues with a prevalence of brassy golds, deep yellows and dusty pinks, a hint of darkness, and some shadow play that resulted in a moodiness that felt appropriate with the seasonal shift.

With no real outcome in mind for this collection of inspiration images (usually I put together moodboards with a specific project or client in mind), I realized that I had the opportunity here to turn this into something “just for fun” — which brings us here.

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Veiled Romance

Concepts for creative shoots can originate from many different places, and oftentimes how a shoot came to be is just as much part of the story as the final shots themselves or the overall concept.

Such is the case for today's creative, born out of a full day studio rental with only a half day shoot scheduled, it started from a quick email to Scarlet: "...so we have the studio for the day — should we try to shoot another creative as well?" A quick inspiration board and a few emails later, and we had secured a few collaborators and an idea of the direction we wanted to go in, with an intention to leave some room to play on set and explore creatively. Because in my mind, that's always when the real magic happens. 

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Secrets to Styling Your Wedding Tablescape

I've seen a few sneak peeks of the wedding day itself thanks to impromptu texts from Scarlet that  always leave me giddy with excitement, but I'll save those for when we get our full gallery back and I can share the full story of how how our day unfolded. Intrigued yet? Trust me, I'm right there with you. But for now, we'll work backwards a little bit, starting with the last post I did on Style Me Pretty that covered my secrets for styling a wedding tablescape, with five tips and a sneak peek at the mockup we did to bring my vision to life. 

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Behind the Scenes Video // Tablescape Styling

It's safe to say that my happy place is on set, watching all the pieces come together and bringing the vision to life after weeks of planning, inspiration gathering and detail dreaming. There's a collaborative energy that just can't be replicated, and it's truly where the magic starts to happen. 

In an attempt to capture this, we played around with filming our last styled shoot, with Abby taking video and following Scarlet as she shot the tablescape and yours truly, finessing the details and adding the final touches. We also have some special appearances by Alex (who also did all the stationery design for the shoot), flowers by Blush and Bloom and mini pop tarts by Bake Shoppe. Oh, and I couldn't have done it without my in-house editor extraordinaire, Jason

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Curating Your Wedding Style on Style Me Pretty

I have to admit that I was pinning and blogging wedding inspiration long before I had a ring on my finger. The wedding industry is filled with so much creativity and beauty, so there has been a lot of bridal-related content that has found its way onto my inspiration boards over the years, and many project details that have been drawn from weddings and styled shoots alike.

The easy part is pinning all the beautiful images you love, the hard part is finding the common ties and creating a vision of your own. Or — a visual strategy, if you will.

 

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Valentine's Day Stock Photos and Introducing the New Stock Shop!

Love it or hate it, with Valentine's Day being such a pink and floral-filled holiday, we had to take advantage and style up a few images for this month's free stock photos. 

We have a pink champagne "dream breakfast in bed" set up, a simple floral flatlay that's perfect for adding in your own text or graphics or simply leaving as is, and a floral detail shot that's filled with shades of pink and peach. 

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Mornings with Dancers // Creative Shoot with Fortnight Lingerie

You never really know where a concept for a photoshoot is going to come from. It could be a single inspiration image, a specific item that brings to mind an entire story that you feel compelled to tell,  or a collaborator with their own unique point of view that spins its own narrative. 

And when you start to layer on different styles and mindsets of each and every person involved, that’s where the real magic happens, and it’s one of the reasons I love collaborating so much

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My Wedding Planning Journey on Style Me Pretty

Today marks the start of a new partnership with Style Me Pretty, where I'll be sharing all the details of my wedding planning journey.

I’m excited to share the process of dreaming up the vision for the wedding as well as pulling together all of the details, and since I’ll be doing a lot of the planning and styling myself, you can expect backstage access to what planning a smaller, fairly non-traditional affair looks like.

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