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Discover your style + set your creative direction. 40 minute zoom session.

Regular price £75.00
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who is it for?

This session is structured to take you through the necessary steps in defining your style so you can create an overall creative direction (or visual identity) for your brand photography (or portfolio work).

This session will help you if any of these apply;

- you don't know which style is right for you or struggle to stick to a consistent style

- you don't yet have a visual identity or need more clarity with your current ideas

- you want more confidence in your styling and brand look

- you create content to promote products, a blog or business

what will I learn?

Structured to guide you in defining your style and setting your creative direction this session covers;

- understanding style

- exploring inspirational themes

- refining for your product/brand/positioning

- setting your own styling rules

- how to format and follow your creative direction

- going forward with confidence

You will leave this session with a clear vision for your styling, instructions on how to set out and communicate your creative brief and the confidence to follow it and style more consistently.

Please note, this session follows a plan as outlined above; if you would like to discuss anything else or have extra time for other questions you will need to add a Q&A session to your booking to ensure enough time is allocated.

how will we schedule the session?

Shortly after booking this session one of our team will contact you with Sophie's availability for the week ahead.

Alternatively you can contact us with your availability or add a note at checkout - we will always aim to schedule your session within one week.

how do I join the session and access the content?

The day before the call you will receive a link to join the Zoom session.

You will need a strong internet connection and a larger, handsfree screen (desktop) is advised.

reviews

Julie Grant, photographer

'I had such a fantastic day at your recent workshop.  I came away absolutely buzzing!  The balance between the theory and practical work was perfect and I was particularly impressed by the small number of attendees meaning that we all got 1 on 1 time with you.'

Dan McErlane, baker

'The best investment I’ve made for my business, so amazing to have a structure to guide my photography and social media'

Kathryn Fell, photographer

'such a wonderful day and workshop! I loved how you put the day together with plenty of time to try setting up scenes and having a play. We all go away with unique sets ups to us, which is unusual on courses as you are usually photographing the same thing. I have raved to many other photographers about the workshop'

Pascale Dupenois, ceramicist

'By far the most insightful and empowering styling and photography advice I’ve had. The structure of the information, how you guide and remind each step is so helpful. Thanks to you I feel confident I can photograph and promote my products in a way that looks professional.'

James Andrew, photographer

'Thank you so much for the awesome workshop! I have definitely taken away lots of useful tips and tricks, most of all having a structure to work to!!'

  • Kathryn Fell, photographer

    Such a wonderful day and workshop! I loved how you put the day together with plenty of time to try setting up scenes and having a play. We all go away with unique sets ups to us, which is unusual on courses as you are usually photographing the same thing. I have raved to many other photographers about the workshop

  • Julie Grant, photographer

    I had such a fantastic day at your recent workshop.  I came away absolutely buzzing!  The balance between the theory and practical work was perfect and I was particularly impressed by the small number of attendees meaning that we all got 1 on 1 time with you.

  • Kevin Walls, High Street TV

    My colleague went on your course a few months back and found the whole experience life/career changing

  • Heather Ward, Etsy crafter 

    Absolutely buzzing after yesterday. Its given me an extra boost to get creative with making things. I honestly can't thank you enough! 

  • Kelly Stretton, trainee chef

    The content and structure is exactly what I've been looking for. I had done a few styling courses whilst training at Leith's and your info is above and beyond. 

  • Sam, St Pierre Group 

    Absolutely fab (styling training) session. I've already had glowing feedback from the guys that took part, as well as from others who have seen the photos. 

Still life styling zoom workshops for food and product content creation and photography

Our zoom workshop sessions are aimed at beginners and improving photographers or content creators who would like to elevate their styling skills.

Designed to help you refine your styling and gain confidence in producing content to promote yourself, your product or your brand, learning essential techniques and industry tricks with Sophie, a commercial stylist, content creator and consultant.

Perhaps you already run a blog or sell food related products but need a confidence boost or creative kick up the bum to increase your output by banishing those little niggles that make us all procrastinate!

Each attendee also gets an exclusive voucher code to get 20% off any order Black Velvet Styling. (Not in conjunction with any other offer.)

    Who is this training for?

    This training is for you if any of these apply! 

    • you create (or need to create!) content to promote your services, products, blog or business

    • you want more confidence in styling

    • you want to learn how to style your product at its best

    • you want to improve your image quality and photography skills

    • you sell food or small household products like jams, cakes, candles, flowers, gifts etc

    • you run a food business like a cafe, deli, bar, takeaway or anything else

    • you want to learn about styling or photography to start a career in it or you just want some styling experience and tuition to develop yourself or your business.

    It doesn't matter your reason for wanting to learn more about styling - as long as you are confident at the basics of photography you will gain lots of knowledge and confidence.

     

    Learning content

    These workshops cover the following modules to help you uncover your brand style and produce beautiful food-based images that tell your story and captivate your audience.

    Using a mixture of group teaching, demonstrations and written chapters you will learn -

    • How to define a style

    • How to create your own styling rules & repetition

    • Prop styling dos and don'ts

    • Food styling kit essentials

    • Writing your creative brief/shot plan

    • Camera tips and tricks for food photography

    • Controlling natural light wherever you shoot

    • Composition techniques

    • Three fool-proof compositions

    • Story telling with food and props

    • Checking the details

    • Getting more from your set up

     

    • Ceri Gore, wedding cake designer 

      I highly recommend Sophie if you want to develop your styling skills and massively improve the quality and structure of your content. Spending a day 1-2-1 with Sophie has taught me how to approach the styling of my products and how to produce quality images for social media. I'm not a natural when it comes to styling but I now feel I have the confidence and ability to do really well at it by putting into practice all the things Sophie taught me. 

    • Laura Hutton, content creative 

      Thanks so much, I really enjoyed yesterday. Despite exhaustion, in general, I was so inspired I actually spent all morning today making and shooting MORE salads! And I used the dropper to great effect. Which is good because this week coming is meant to be my week off, which I started with your workshop. And now I have loads of images so I really can ease up on Insta content for a bit, which is fabulous. 

    • Rachel Woods, Dot and Diode

      I had a fantastic time, definitely learnt a lot and left feeling very inspired.  Your notes are fantastic and we will be presenting what we learnt to the team. 

    • Dan, bakery/cafe owner

      Training with Sophie was the best investment I've made for my business.  Highly recommend for anybody wanting to do more on social media and online.