As I mentioned in my first post about The Academy, one of the purposes of this event was to learn about creative & editorial styling. I've always loved taking pictures and learning all I can about taking better pictures. There was a lot that I took away from Heather's classes to help me in this skill. Here is a little overview/synopsis of what class at The Academy looked like!
DAY 1 - CREATIVE STYLING 101
We were told to come to the farmhouse for class on Monday morning and we arrived to find this amazing space for learning.
Little cafe tables, a whiteboard, and a power point presentation. Of course, little gifts were waiting for us.
Heather gave a presentation about creative styling and the rules of composing a good photo. Then we paired up with partners and were let loose to use anything from the prop table, our brocante finds, along with several pieces of furniture available to us to compose a beautiful, styled photo.
The prop table was a photo op all on it's own!
My partner created the following vignette with bread she purchased in Eymet. And as I said in my introduction post, I learned that it takes a lot of work to compose a photo that is beautiful, has a sense of life, and tells a story!
It was so fun to watch the other ladies at work too! So much creativity happening in this space.
Oh and one more of my LuLaRoe clothing - I wanted to try out a flat-lay and included a few vintage postcards I picked up at the brocante.
Heather was out there giving us camera tips & ideas to tweak our set-up to make it just right. She definitely has a gift!
And I was ga-ga in love with Genevieve's painting. I drooled over it at the Brocante. She became the lucky owner!
DAY 2 - EDITORIAL STYLING 101
On the second day of classes we learned more of the business side of what Heather does and the steps that go into preparing and executing a photo shoot like she does. Of course there were presents once again.
These wooden Moroccan spoons were from Elsie Greene, a linen towel from Provence, and the antique slate roof tile was one of Teri's finds. It's great for displaying & serving cheese or using in a styling photo shoot.
For our photography lesson we worked with various aperture settings to change the look & feel of the photo through depth of field. I love playing with aperture and this lesson was especially fun because I had my brand new camera and 35mm f/1.4 lens to play with!
I love love love this photo vignette! My partner, Stacie, and I were putting this one together but something didn't feel quite right. Heather came over and within seconds she tweaked a little thing, changed the location, and showed us the angle to shoot from and it was perfection.
DAY 3 - LIFESTYLE - JAM PHOTOSHOOT
When I got the schedule for The Academy I saw that "Jam Making" was on the itinerary. How fun is that?! The jam-making also doubled as a class in lifestyle photography. From the jam preparation to some stylized photos with the strawberries, it was great practice in how to compose a good photo
Hey, there's my mom!
Heather wanted to get a photo of the pot of cooked jam. By the way, isn't that copper pot amazing??? Anyways, the light proved challenging (even for the pros!), the jam looked flat (no life, which means a no-go), but it was really interesting to stand back and watch Heather and Jaci at work.
And we'll always remember the time that I got to make strawberry-rhubarb jam with my mom, in France, in a 13th century chateau.
. . . wearing the CUTEST custom linen aprons. Thanks Heather!
And I love the photo that Heather shared on her Instagram account. Bronwyn was a great model with the most perfect seersucker skirt!
photo credit: @heatherbullard