A day in the life of a Stylist on an Urban Road Photoshoot : Emma Blomfield

>  14 October 2014

BY EMMA BLOMFIELDWe were lucky to have access to the Oaten's retail store in Casino to shoot the rug catalogue as there were perfectly created little 'styling pods' for us to set up in and I could take advantage of the stock on the floor for additional st

BY EMMA BLOMFIELD

We were lucky to have access to the Oaten's retail store in Casino to shoot the rug catalogue as there were perfectly created little 'styling pods' for us to set up in and I could take advantage of the stock on the floor for additional styling bits and bobs!

7am: Arrive at the shoot location and start pulling props together from the store as well as the selection the girls from Urban Road had sourced. Maree had even got her DIY on and sprayed terracotta pots for cacti, vases and all sorts of things she could get her hands on - stand still long enough and she'll spray paint you gold!

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8-8.30am: Photography lights and camera are all set up so it's time to sort out lighting and adjust to suit the natural light. What I learnt early on in my career is that what looks good in real life, won't always translate on camera. Once the lighting is right, I need to make sure I look through the lens to see what it will look like on screen and make any necessary changes.

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8.30-10am: Our first shot for the day is a bedroom scene, these are the most time consuming room settings. It takes me a few attempts to get the linen to sit nicely on the bed then I need to iron out any crease I can find. Once the bed is ironed we're ready to shoot!

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10-12pm: We are shooting two rugs in this styling pod so a quick switch of sheets, backdrops and props and we're ready to photograph the next one. While Suzie is photographing the rug at various angles and capturing tight vignette shots, I'm in the next pod with Maree moving furniture and unrolling rugs ready for the next shoot. Flowers are always important on shoot day so Maree and I spent quite a lot of time stripping flowers of their stems and leaves and arranging various bunches into vases.

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12-1.30pm: By now we're getting a lot faster at setting up each shot. We snap away and get two shots done in under two hours.

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1.30-2pm: The dining room shot we're working on just isn't working for us, I've tried various side tables in the background as well as artificial trees to add greenery but we're just not loving how it's coming up on camera. We haven't stopped since 7am and thankfully Maree has cottoned onto the fact that Suzie and I are losing focus from lack of sustenance so she ducks out to get us KFC (junk food rules on shoot days!).

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2.30-3.15pm: Lunch has helped us regain focus and a quick walk around the Oaten's store gives us fresh inspiration. Suzie and I stumble across the perfect piece to fill that tricky corner and we decide that the white walls aren't working so we bring in the navy plywood and volia, we've finally got the shot!

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3.15-5.15pm: The next shots are some of my favourites, the pink spliced stripe rug and the purple stripe rugs - bold and colourful with a few fun props.

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5.15-7.30pm: We move to a new styling pod to capture the last two rug shots and it's getting dark so the lighting needs to be adjusted again to suit. These last two rugs are the black and white leopard and palm tree rugs so I choose to use props that don't draw attention to the wrong areas. The cacti make a feature in backgrounds in these shots but ultimately the rugs are still the hero. Once we've got the final shot it's not long til we know we're going to fade so we quickly set up for the next day and head home via the Chinese takeaway shop.... Shoot Day Rule 101: junk food doesn't count!

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