It’s always great to learn new things, and The Art of Styling class with Anna Naphtali, at the Define School has been no different. What an informative course, filled with tips and tricks for improving photo composition, styling quickly and effectively, to tell a story, and make beautiful photos.
I rearranged my kitchen, stood on the furniture, put my farm table in front of a window, gathered my grandparent’s silver, china, a pewter cake plate, an old serving tray, vintage dish towels, an old wooden bowl. I arranged and rearranged, took many photos, added elements and then subtracted, tried different angles, combinations, lighting, all steps in developing and refining a stylistic voice.
It was fun to try different layering techniques, and textures. China in a wooden bowl, antique silver on an orange and pink dish towel, papayas and passion fruit on a vintage salad plate, pistachios and blackberries on a rustic farm table, sparkling wine, beets and rosemary on a painted serving tray. Wabi-sabi, maybe? The combination of old and new, rustic, florals and botanicals combined together, storied, weathered, beautiful, real.
Here are a few of my photos from the class.