Posts tagged styling
Beauty School Dropout

Over the past few months, Abby and I have been exploring a new topic and passion project of ours — beauty. And today’s the day we “officially” launch our new series into the world — Beauty School Dropout.

We chose the name Beauty School Dropout because of the slightly badass connotation and this idea that we admittedly don’t really know what we’re talking about — and I think in this case, that works to our advantage. Beauty is such a universal concept and touches us all in some way, but for so many of us, we’re navigating our relationship with beauty on our own terms and figuring it out as we go, learning what works for us, what our interpretation is.

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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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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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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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Using Coloured Backdrops to Brand Your Photos

Remember when we dissected the 5 C’s of content creation? We acknowledged that colour is one of the most effective ways to communicate the essence of your brand, as well as the importance of defining your colour palette to create consistency within your visual content (coincidentally, another one of those oh-so-important C’s).

So, if the first step is needing to identify what your brand colours are, then the second step is creating content that ties your colour palette together.

One of the best ways to do so — and one that has a significant impact on the overall look of your feed — is through your choice of backgrounds.

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White Chocolate Drizzled Peach Popsicles

Though I'm all for a good styling challenge, I have to admit that every time I make popsicles and decide I want to photograph the recipe, I get a little stressed. For obvious reasons, shooting anything that melts proves to be difficult, as your time is limited before your subject matter isn't looking so pretty anymore. You don't have quite as much time to play around with your styling and rearrange your shot, so planning is key and moving fast is essential. 

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