............................................................ My FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK is coming out 26th of AUGUST ✨ Have a sneak peek👇
............................................................ My FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK is coming out 26th of AUGUST ✨ Have a sneak peek👇
*GIVEAWAY* 🍾to celebrate that ‘How to photograph food’ is being published in the UK in just 14 days! I am so excited to partner with one of my favourite photography background makers @backdrop .woodville to give you a chance to win: ✨a professional handmade food photography BACKGROUND 📸 in 60x 90cm size ✨couple of CERAMICS of your choice from @backdrop .woodville 🙌 ✨You will also receive my FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK ✨ The giveaway is WORLDWIDE (!!!! ) and here is all you need to do to enter: 1.Follow me and @backdrop .woodville 2.Tag ONE food photographer friend 🙌 (any additional tag will become additional entry ) 3.Share this post on your stories. The giveaway closes on SATURDAY 15th of August at 6pm British Time and the winner will be announced on Monday 17th of August. GOOD LUCK!!!!🤞 VERY IMPORTANT 👇 *This is a handmade background so it might take up to few weeks before it’s ready. *The only excluded colours are Edinburg, Oakland, Dublin, Montreal, Istanbul, Denver. *Depending on the country you live there might be a tax fee applied to the shipping, however I will get in touch with you to cover that payment for you. *This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram. Any questions LET ME KNOW 👋
Happy Tuesday 🙌 Hope you are having a delicious day! I’m just popping round to let you know that I’ve added the book’s Q&A to my highlights and that there will be an epic giveaway happening soon ✨ Ps. I also grew these blueberries 🙌 (well they grew themselves I just left them alone and watered from time to time 😂 )
Book’s Q & A ✨ I would love to answer your questions about my upcoming photography book 📖 and the creative process behind it ✨ After I’ve heard how much you’d enjoyed my book’s bts story (now in my highlights ), I wondered if there is anything else you are curious about? Pop your questions in the comments below and I will answer them on my stories tomorrow ✨
‘How to photograph food’ is a bestseller 😱 I mean! WHATTTTTT!!!!? I am SO BLOWN AWAY by YOUR SUPPORT ✨ My thumbs might be numb (I will reply to every comment under my yesterday’s post and every DM I promise! ) but my heart is full of gratitude ❤️ Thank you for preordering my book - honestly I am so honoured that you want to learn from me ❤️ Thank you for sharing my book on your stories ❤️ I can’t thank you enough for spreading the word ❤️🙏 I have been so deeply moved by your kind words, heartwarming messages and excitement that I haven’t slept at all last night. I am SO GRATEFUL to be part of this community 🙏 Thank you for believing in my work 🙏
‘MY 📸 BOOK HAS ARRIVED✨ It feels surreal to have it at home. But it feels even more surreal to know you will hold it in your hands in just 21 days (!!! ) It officially publishes on the 26th of August, but you can have a cheeky sneak peek into what’s inside it on my Amazon’s page (link in my profile ). And today on my stories I’ll be taking you behind the scenes to show you how it was created.... ✨
Day 5 (already the last day 😭 ) of #flatlayprowess challenge that @boxofspice and I have been hosting this week. Flatlays are all about including multiple elements in our frame, but artists are rebels 🙌 For the 5th day we chose ‘Single ingredient’ or ‘single subject’ as a theme so we can all study our subject a little closer. It’s interesting - these shot’s don’t usually ‘do so well’ on Instagram, yet focusing on one element is a powerful exercise in noticing the details-a skill that makes you a better photographer. I guess the choice belong to us? Do we create what the algorithm likes? Or rebel against it and grow our skills instead? I know what my choice is ✨ HUGE THANK YOU for everyone who participated in our CHALLENGE! This community never stops inspiring me 🙏 @boxofspice thank you for hosting it with me-forever inspired by the way you see the world ❤️
Day 4 #flatlayprowess challenge means FRESH PRODUCE FLATLAY 🙌 Because food is art you know ✨ With this type of images it’s extra important to think of ingredients that work well together visually. I think about produce that is available at this time of the year and consider colours that would create pleasant and harmonious feel. Here I went for blues, purples and pinks. Then I think about incorporating different textures and various sizes into my flatlay. It’s like having an empty canvas and painting it with ingredients. ✨ Check our the #flatlayprowess hashtag to see everyones creative take on the the fresh produce flatlay theme. I think they should all be printed and hung on the wall! #SoMuchInspiration
Who wants to grab a piece? 🙌 ‘Hands in the frame’ is a theme of Day 3 #flatlayprowess challenge that I am running this week with my friend @boxofspice 🙌 Flatlays are such a great opportunity to explore different hands positions in the frame. Hands add SO MUCH interest to our compositions. They add depth to our food story and make our images extra eye catching. If you’ve never included hands in your frame I hope you will be inspired to think about adding human element to your work a little bit more ✨
Day 2 #flatlayprowess The theme for today is interesting topping/decoration 🙌 And how fun that @boxofspice and I both thought about playing with fig topping for today’s photo 🙌 When photographing from above think about a subject with an interesting decoration or decorate your subject in an interesting way.Make the topping a hero of your story 🙌 These figs just wouldn’t look as impressive from any other angle. The overhead shot is what make them shine ✨
Hard or soft? I can’t decide 🙌 Day 1 of #flatlayprowess challenge is all about food in the making 🙌 Now, who puts buttery pastry in sunshine you might be thinking😉 Of course a crazy photographer who wants to add powerful shadows to the composition 😉 Don’t worry, no pie has been harmed in production of this photo! WHAT I’VE LEARNT 👇 Flatlays are a perfect choice for all the in progress shots, as you can include many elements for storytelling. But at the same time ‘food in the making’ images are the hardest to evoke the ‘authentic’ feeling. We don’t want to to look arranged or too staged. The secret lies in not overstyling your scene and embracing imperfections for that natural feel. ✨
Rachel @twolovesstudio is relaunching her ‘Composition Essential’ online course 💃 yayyyyy 💃 My goodness, have you seen how much new content she prepared for us too 😍 Always so much to learn from this girl! So grateful she is sharing her knowledge and gifts with us! If you haven’t seen her recent IGTV videos, go and check them out 🙌
Another fun challenge is happening 🙌 Save the date 👉 31st July-4th August #flatlayprowess is a challenge for everyone who wants to improve their flatlay skills 🙌 I am honoured to be running it with a flatlay queen @boxofspice ✨ Here is what we have planned: DAY 1 food in the making DAY 2 interesting topping DAY 3 hands in the frame DAY 4 fresh produce DAY 5 single ingredient (breaking the flatlay rule here but hey artists are rebels 🙌 ) More info in stories! CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOUR CREATIVE SPIRITS IN ACTION ✨
#AdobePartner #ad I have some lovely news for you! I’ve partnered with Adobe to create hands on learning resources for you 🙌 Who’s excited to learn with me? Click the link in profile to check out a part of what I have cooked up for you! There are two options waiting for you in @Lightroom . Tutorial is a hands on experience that lets you edit my photo along with me 🙌 And when you choose Edit/Discovery you can see how an image was created step by step and download a Lightroom Preset for you to apply to your own images. Enjoy my friends! I poured my heart into this project and I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ❤️ #MadeWithLightroom
Day 5 #5DaysOfColor White on white & black on black. ‘There isn’t a colour that I haven’t shot’ I thought to myself when reflecting the theme for the last day of our colour challenge - photograph a colour that you normally avoid. But I knew I need to dig deeper. ‘What is missing?’ I asked myself as I was browsing through my files. ‘What haven’t I explored much? ‘The ‘lack’ of colour’. Vibrant hues are always jumping out of my photos - that’s the way I love to create. This challenge showed that my professional portfolio has a gap though - and that’s white on white & black on black shots. What I love about challenges like this one is that it makes us focus on a certain topic-colour for example. When we limit our focus we notice more. We dig deeper. We think outside of our own box. I never thought about creating images that are all white or all black before. But now I do ✨ And the interesting fact-I needed to approach editing them in a different way too. #SoMuchToLearn Wasn’t this challenge so much fun?!!!!! Both @evakosmasflores and I have been so inspired by this insanely creative, kind and supportive community ❤️From the bottom of our hearts-THANK YOU for joining us on this learning journey. To me the most challenging was ‘Super Colourful’ theme- that fruity shot took a lot of balancing! And you? Which theme challenged you the most?
Day 4 #5DaysOfColor challenge that I am running together with my friend @evakosmasflores ✨ The theme for today is ‘colour that means summer to you’. When I think of summer I see soft orange and red hues. ✨It’s getting up to golden sun rays peaking through the curtains. ✨It’s freckles showing up on my face in the summer months. ✨It’s grass turning into golden colour. ✨It’s juicy peaches from my grandma’s garden. ✨It’s sweet and slightly sour taste of red currant drink my mum would serve with summer dinners ✨It’s bike rides and picnics at golden hour. And you? What colours comes to your mind when you think of summer?
Day 3 #5daysofcolor ‘Super colourful’ images can be difficult to handle. It’s an act of balance. Your eyes act as scales. It’s about finding harmony between hues, how they are grouped together and most importantly - how vibrant each hue is. A lot of colour balancing in this photo happened in post production. I added a touch of intensity to the reds but softened the saturation of orange hues. I added richness to the blues but made the greens less powerful ⚖️ WHEN an explosion of colour WORKS? *when you want to create an eye catching image that is ‘full of energy’ *when you want the colour to become a subject of the story (isn’t that a great theme to include in a portfolio? ) *when you want to capture your viewer’s attention *when photographing fresh produce *when you want to say ‘summer I love you’ 🙃😉
Day 2 #5daysofcolor challenge Colour doesn’t have to ‘scream’ to be effective ✨ When visiting Van Gogh museum last year, what struck me the most was when artist who was a master of contrasting colours realised as he said ‘ that shades of the same colour can also be colourful’. WHY IT WORKS: *using lighter and darker shades of the same colour creates a sense of depth in an image *it help the eye to focus on the interesting shapes and textures (hello beautiful glassware! ) *it has a relaxing and calming effect on the eye ✨ As you probably heard me talking on my stories yesterday, my dear friend Lucy @cblbackdrops is offering a background to a winner of each theme! (We will have 1 winner a day! ) She is just THE BEST, isn’t she? (Swipe to see my favourite background from @cblbackdrops in action ✨ )
Day 1 #5DaysOfColor Challenge Every fashion designer will tell you that black color is timeless and classy, it matches well with other colors and that it should be embraced in our wardrobes. I dare to say it’s a color that every food photographer should try ✨ WHY IT WORKS: ✨ black makes every other color pop ✨it creates satisfying contrast and a sense of depth that draws the viewer in ✨it helps to focus our viewer’s eye on the dish (and isn’t the goal to always make our viewer look at the food first? ❤️ ) Pssst. Check out the hashtag - you’ll be so inspired by all contrasty images photographers have been sharing today ✨
Our #5dayofcolor challenge with incredible @evakosmasflores is starting tomorrow 🙌✨ I am so excited! Colour has always had a special place in my heart and my creative journey ✨ If you’ve missed the details, you can still sign up through the link in my profile and an email with all the info will be sent your way! I can’t wait to see your images!
I grew my own Shiso 🥰😭 I am having one of these proud gardener moments today, so please don’t take it as bragging! There have always been so many herbs and microgreens I wanted to taste and work with but they were either hard to source where I live, expensive or always came in plastic containers. So this year I decided to focus my energy and invested my time into growing my own microgreen and herb garden and....I AM LOVING IT! They are easy to grow and just need soil, water, warmth and a bit of ❤️ If you’ve missed my greenhouse tour - I saved it in the highlights. I hope that maybe you’ll try growing at least one or two varieties of these baby greens or herbs yourself 💚😉 (it’s so satisfying! )
Guess what my favourite editing adjustment is? Ok, ok I won’t keep you in anticipation 😉 It’s Colour Luminance 🙌 In this photo I darkened the reds to make the tomatoes look richer and brightened the purples to make the basil pop 🙌 It makes such a difference!
One more image from the cupcake series 🙌 I took soooooo many! When Darek keeps poking his head in the studio to steal a cupcake I know I got carried away and lost a track of time 😂 My client projects usually require that ‘one perfect shot’ so when it comes to my own projects I love to take the time to EXPLORE. I am a big planner though 🙌 I like to prepare for the day, brainstorm and write down any possible frames I want to take. Then I tweak and improve these ideas as I shoot 🙌 #TheWayICreate
Eating berries like there is no tomorrow 🙌 Can Summer never end please?