One thing I continue to learn is that no matter where I am at in my journey I still have more to learn, haha! But seriously, no matter how many photos I take, no matter how many photos I style, I still need more practice. I shoot every week and I style photos every week, but at the end of every shoot I have photos that need to be reshot. Just this week I did a shoot, edited all the photos, and reviewed the set. I was happy with what I created, but I also came away with a few photos that I wanted to reshoot.
Not every photo taken is perfect. No artist or creative creates something perfect the first time. What makes the best photos is continued practice and the willingness to keep going, do things over, and to shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. :)
Having something to aspire to during all this practice will help you style photos like a pro! I'm sharing some of the things I try to achieve in each photo and do during every shoot to get the best photos.
CREATE A FOCAL POINT
It's easy to over style a photo, I have been there plenty of times. What can really help ground our photo is to create a focal point. You want to draw the eye and you want to direct your audience where to look. Let's look at the photo below. There are a variety of props, but we have focal point because our eyes are drawn to the hands in the photo.
CREATE A COHESIVE COLOR STORY
A cohesive color story helps to bring your photo together and keeps the photo from being distracting. The two photos below have cohesive colors of pink and green. Keep in mind that you want colors to work together. If you're a struggling with what colors to pair together, search for color pallets or mood boards on Pinterest. They are perfect for inspiring color combination.
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LET WHITE SPACE DO THE WORK
White space is a great asset when styling photos. Your goal is to maintain the white space in your photo by not over styling your photo and allowing your photo to breath with white space.
Contrast is one of my favorite things to add to my photos. This can be done by including props in your styling that create contrast. I do a lot of work with white backgrounds and create contrast by using colorful props.
USE A VAREITY OF PROP SIZES
This is one that Tyler taught me. Using a variety of different sized props helps to add depth and direct your viewers eyes. This isn't something you have to do all the time, as the photo below is a great example. A majority of the air plants are the same size, but the styling works because we are directed to look at the plant that the hand is holding.
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Styling photos takes work and practice, but as long as we continue pressing forward we can create great photos! What are some of your favorite ways to style photos? xoxo. Samantha