This week I felt extremely privileged and lucky enough to be invited along to a photo shoot for Homestyle Magazine to assist an interior stylist, Emma Fishman, on the next 3-looks feature which is set to be published in October’s issue. What an experience! The stunning three story house where the shoot was located belongs to the very talented interior designer Karen Sims, a proud homeowner and director of Know & Love which is set to launch in September this year. Keep an eye out for her gorgeous products up for grabs on her website, some of them were featured in the shoot too!
The two day shoot consisted of three different living room set ups, which each have ‘3 looks’ to demonstrate different styles and interior layouts that you can incorporate in to your own home. I can’t give too much away but all I can say is with the publication date set to be in October, the pine cones and autumnal colour tones were a big feature next to an open fire.
Emma Fishman, the interior stylist who I assisted, was more than inspirational when she created the scenes. It was very interesting to see how the sets were built and seeing how different a perspective can be when seen through a camera. Having mastered the art of window dressing for Zara Home over the past year, it was great to see a similar concept, but in this particular situation it was through the eyes of a camera and not a passing by customer!
The very talented photographer Lizzie Orme was so kind and friendly, and very open to discussing her journey which has led her to where she is today. Emma and herself were extremely motivating and gave me lots of tips and tricks for venturing in to the world of freelance. I couldn’t be more thankful to them for offering me advice at any given moment and hearing their stories filled me with even more determination.
Over the two days, it was my duty to label all products sent from the PR’s from numerous home store companies including Laura Ashley, Homesense, George Home and M&S. It was great to get a sneak peek at the new AW16 products! Once all props were shot, I made a note of all featured products with a hand drawn diagram of the image with references. Then, pack down required a lot of concentration ensuring all products from each company were packed up in separate boxes.
I really didn’t expect to be so hands on in the whole experience, not wanting to step on anyone’s toes, but Emma was fantastic with allowing me to get stuck in and really made me feel apart of the team. I learnt so much from the whole experience, and it really made me chuckle when my mustard yellow scarf became a new hit for one of the shots because it was ‘the perfect colour prop’!
Along with that, I have to say one of the highlights of the whole experience was trying to lure Millie the dog (owned by the home owner Karen Sims) in to a photo shot next to the fire with nothing but a piece of cold crumpet… yes, cold crumpets! You ‘have to make do with what you’ve got’ in this industry which if you had told me the morning before the shoot that that’s what I would be doing, I really wouldn’t have believed it!
Here’s to an awe inspiring couple of days, and (fingers crossed) hopefully many more!