You, Me And Earth is an eco-friendly company, who embraces nature and are driven by creating sustainable products for their customers. When Emily got in touch with me to photograph her grass straws, I was over the moon. I loved hearing about her story and how dedicated she is about creating sustainable, plastic free and low waste products to help protect our oceans and wildlife. I’m also passionate about helping our oceans through environmentally-friendly products, so I was very eager to work with her, tell her story and ambition through my photography.
Emily was looking for her straws to be photographed amongst nature as well as being used in a lifestyle setting. I started searching for various locations that would suit the look and textures of the straws and packaging. I took several photos of the straws and box amongst different natural backdrops. We also discussed the concept of the straws being used in a bar set up and with a model surrounded by nature. I knew that Chloe would be perfect for these photos as she is also passionate about protecting our oceans and is a wonderful person and a fantastic model to shoot with. She radiates positivity and I think this shows in the images. We took the photos in the late afternoon sun, which created a lovely glow and beautiful bokeh through the trees (so dreamy!).
For the bar set up, I used a dark wood dresser that lives in my kitchen. I love the texture of the dresser and thought it would be perfect for this photo series. I set up the dresser in multiple ways, using various props to keep the photos interesting. When I took the photos of Chloe, I also used my Fuji camera so I could use the film prints as props for the bar set up. This helped to build a connection with the portraits of Chloe, as though the series tells a story of a girl making a drink, going to sit outside and enjoy the beverage with her grass straw.
At last, lockdown rules have eased and I have been able to meet up with my lovely couples to photograph their engagement sessions - hooray! On a warm Sunday afternoon, I met up with Jessica and Alex at the beautiful Wells-next-the-Sea. Sadly, the day before would have been their wedding day, but due to lockdown they have had to postpone their celebration until next year, and I am sooooo looking forward to it! It was a pleasure to commemorate their original date with some intimate, relaxed portraits. We started off by wandering through the Corsican pine woods, just behind the beach. Quickly stumbling upon a perfect photo opp spot amongst a circular arrangement of trees surrounded by wild evergreen shrubs, I grabbed my camera and begun shooting.
Emerging from the woodlands, we strolled across the beach. Pausing by the huts and long grass to grab a few more photographs. It was lovely chatting with them about what they are most looking forward to on their wedding day, including music and drinks aplenty! The excitement on their faces as they discussed their plans was so heartwarming. It was also an absolute pleasure getting to know the two of them better, as this was the first time we had met after chatting for some time via email.
Before meeting up with Jessica and Alex, I arrived early so I could have a look around the town for some unique and beautiful photo spots (a rather easy job when you’re shooting in a place as gorgeous as Wells!). I like to do this so I can provide options for my clients, as well as being able to build a creative picture in my head of what the shoot could look like. On my walk, I noticed some vivid blue wild flowers growing by the port. I could not resist taking them there as I felt the bright colour would really make the photos pop. We left the beach and headed straight towards the harbour. When we arrived at our final location, the town had become much quieter. It was lovely to feature the iconic buildings in the background of these photos, whilst a sea mist started to crawl towards the land. A very romantic, dreamy setting perfect for their engagement session.
I love supporting local businesses and will often spend a lot of time searching for creative peeps to follow and support their work. For a long time, I have supported the wonderful Alextson and her gorgeous artwork (go check her work out!). When I spotted her line drawing animals series on Instagram, I knew I had to photograph them!
Printing from the original artwork, Alex decided to create three variants of the same piece using different mediums of gold: gold foil, gold paint and the third was left as the original print. Each variant transforms the image entirely making them unique. I wanted to really bring out the pretty sheen of gold in all of the images, so I used my lightsaber (not a real lightsaber, it’s just what I call it. It is in fact a Yongnuo YN360 II LED Light Wand, which I adore and take with me to shoots and weddings. It’s incredibly versatile) to make the gold pop. My goal was to keep the focus on the gold circle in each piece to show the difference in the variants. Alex’s style is minimal and feminine, therefore I wanted to reflect this in the styling of the shoot. It is important to keep your client’s style and brand in mind when shooting lifestyle product photography, as you want the images to reflect them, how they work and the pieces they create. Framing the prints with ivy, I positioned the pieces on top of a wooden table and my lightsaber to my left. The light caught the texture and sheen of the gold to enhance it as a focal point. Photographing each artwork as both a flat lay and at a 45’ angle, I changed the styling of the ivy for each animal to give them their own unique look.
I adored taking photos of Alextson’s beautiful pieces and I hope they have charmed you too, with the simplistic yet detailed line work and the pop of gold drawing you in. Stunning!
Here are several links to where you may find Alex’s work, make sure you check them out: