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Photography with friends

Cathy Sutherland

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Good photographs are so important. If you can’t see a maker’s work first hand, then the next best thing is a photograph!

I am very lucky to have a very talented friend who is a photographer & so I send my jewels to him to be captured on camera. Almost all of the images on my website were taken by Mr Stuart Stafford– go check out his website www.stuartjohnstafford.com- he also writes & creates ace animations amongst other lovely creative projects.

So when he asked me if we could do a photoshoot, outside..of my jewellery.. being modelled.. I said “YES! Of course! That would be amazing!”

However, it then took a good year (or so) before we got round to actually going out & doing the shoot. I take full responsibility for the delay- work was never ready, other things got in the way etc etc. But then one day, we got a date in the diary & two of my beautiful friends agreed to come & model my work!

We picked Autumn time for our first official “jewellery photography photoshoot”! I was so excited! Luckily, I have a few friends who live in London, so when I go down I can have a great time catching up with people, as well as doing a bit of “work” at the same time.

Here are a few cheesy snaps of us throughout the day…

So once we had decided on the general area (London) we had to narrow it down to a location. My work is inspired by the natural world & so I wanted a woodlandy, organic feel to the shoot. After going through several options we settled on Richmond Park - it is such a huge park with a really gorgeous area within it, full of lush trees & ponds. As it was autumn time, a lot of the leaves on the trees had turned beautiful shades of orange & red. My fab friends braved the chilly temperature (even though the sun was shining earlier in the day, it was still nippy out there!) in support of me & my work & I’m so so grateful to them.

A few shots I took whilst hovering in the background & an fun pic caught by Stu of me arranging the jewellery on Laura…

I have really enjoyed looking back through the photos from the day & remembering how we tackled setting up each shot- I felt very much like I was winging it & a bit out of my depth. I lent on my friends knowledge of photography & modelling to ensure we got some amazing photos, which we did! I learnt a lot from this first shoot & fell I know how to plan & prepare for next time..

It was also really exciting to see Stu’s vision through the lens in contrast to what I was capturing on my phone. For example in this dreamy shot of Tess, the difference is amazing -

So from my limited experience & with no real expertise, I have a few tips to give anyone planning a photoshoot like this:

  • Get a good photographer

  • Find models that fit your style & are comfortable in front of the camera

  • Choose a theme or style to carry through the photoshoot

  • Plan outfits ahead of the day & how they work with the jewellery/ fit the style you are going for in your images

  • Think about the time of year you are having your photoshoot if you are planning an outdoor shoot, as this will affect colour/weather/light etc.

  • Do it with people you like & you will have the best day!

So finally I will share a few more of the stunning images that Stu took for me. I will be forever grateful to him & my pals for being so ace.

 

That’s a wrap!

That’s a wrap!

That’s a wrap!

#MarchMeetTheMaker

Cathy Sutherland

I have just completed the latest challenge on Instagram for the creative community, where we share a little nugget about our small business every day throughout March, under the hashtag #marchmeetthemaker & following the prompts set out by @joannehawker the creator of this challenge...

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At the beginning of the month I see it as a great exercise in posting on Instagram everyday, as I often begin with good intentions & then drop off.. During the month I have shared images of me at work, the materials & tools I use on a regular basis & shots of work in progress.

As the month goes on I find it more of a task having to stick to the specific guidelines & not just post whatever I feel like that day! Hence sometimes posting two pics a day! I do find it a good way to share info on me, so people can see that I am a real person behind the photos.

As the month goes on I find it more of a task having to stick to the specific guidelines & not just post whatever I feel like that day! Hence sometimes posting two pics a day! The prompts do push me to engage in different tasks & ways of taking photos that I don't usually do, like flatlays (something I had never done before this challenge!) It's quite fun, as it gets me to view my work & making processes in a different way.

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So, thanks to Joanne for the challenge- it's been fun seeing even more makers taking part this year (I also took part last year) & finding out more about other people's businesses. It can be very easy to have tunnel vision when you are a maker & it's good to remember you are a part of a wider community of makers.

I must admit that as the month went on I was a little fed up of seeing the hashtag!! & felt worried that I was annoying my friends with it...hope not! I'm going to keep posting daily or bi-daily on Instagram so people can see what I'm up to & hopefully enjoy my feed.