On this International Women's Day, I'm honored to be a part of Tether Tools' How I Got the Shot: Women's Edition Guide featuring 30 creative and passionate photographers! You can download the guide for free at www.TetherTools.com/Guide and head to page 25 for a behind-the-scenes video showing the full image and how I created it, the concept for the shoot, and more details about how I got the shot.
With everything going on in the world (between natural disasters, mass murders, and...well...justeveryday challenges), I've been thinking about the ways in which people have been a blessing to me and how I can be a blessing to others. Sometimes being a blessing involves making a financial donation or physically stepping in to do some heavy lifting. Other times, it may be as simple and powerful as offering a genuine smile and encouraging words. I was excited that the fall CAUSEBOX challenged me to think of what bold statement I wanted to make. I decided to keep it simple: "Be a Blessing." What I love about CAUSEBOX is that it introduces me to a host of companies that do social good.
Today I was reminded that sometimes you get a pleasant surprise when you decide to go with the flow and experiment with what you have in front of you and the conditions that are set. As I was preparing to make cherry compote for a recipe that I wanted to photograph, I was simultaneously lamenting that I hadn't started the process earlier in the day. My typical food and flat lay photography setup involves beautiful, even natural light.
From time to time, you might want to create an image with a pure white background. Pure white backgrounds can come in handy when you are displaying a single image of a product; others can "clip" your image from the web and include it on a style board with other inspiration images or in a gift guide. These types of images can also be used as the backdrop for magazine pages or presentation slides with text overlaid. However, while desirable, a completely white background is often challenging to achieve for many people. Since I often get questions about how to get a completely white background, I thought I'd share my process below.
Collaborations have been my jam this year! I was super excited to team up with Khristian A. Howell, Atlanta-based designer and color + pattern expert, to create an Atlanta City Guide for The Everygirl. The cover image above shows some of the spaces I photographed. If you are planning a trip to Atlanta or live here and want to explore some new shops and restaurants, be sure to check it out. Head on over to The Everygirl to see which spots made the list!
A couple of months ago Belong Magazine published an article I wrote sharing "Tips for Successful Blogger + Photographer Collaborations." True to the theme of the article, I collaborated with Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch on the images. ISSUE 07 was all about care and collaboration and featured several great pieces written by female entrepreneurs in various industries.
Although I've started seeing more and more lifestyle images shot from different perspectives on Instagram and websites, it appears that flat lay images are here to stay. I frequently get questions about how to style flat lay images or the best gear to use, so I thought I'd share what is in my toolkit.
At any given time, I have at least 10 tabs open on my computer and probably about 5 times more on my cell phone. Every time I see an interesting article or recipe on social media or in my email, I click the link and vow to read it later. But, then later never seems to come, so I keep the tab open as a reminder that I still want to read it. I later started emailing myself the links so that I would always have them, but who really wants yet another email to read?