If you follow The Brand Edit on Instagram you’ll know that I was thrilled to work with photographer Bríd O’Donovan on The Brand Edit website shoot. After gathering inspiration and clearly defining the direction for the shoot I drew up a shot list and shared my ideas with Bríd so we were on the same page.
The day before the shoot I made sure we had everything to hand that we needed so that we could make the most of our day together. On the day of the shoot, together with Brid, I worked on the art direction, which included some lifestyle, flat lay and portrait images.
I’m always more comfortable behind the scenes, organising, designing, styling and art directing but Briíd put me at ease for the portraits and I’m delighted with the results.
Here’s a run through how the shoot flowed…
8.00am The day starts as I get all the props out, the blinds pulled, fresh greenery cut and I give the plants a fresh spray to liven them up.
8.15am I do my own hair and makeup and get dressed for the shoot with a second outfit ready to change into.
9.15am I head into the local town to collect Brid from the bus.
10.00am We arrive back to my home and studio, our first priority is a quick cuppa and a bite to set us up for the day ahead.
10.15am We’re ready to start shooting. Portraits first, I wanted a mixture of friendly portrait shots and some more lifestyle shots of me both in the studio working and some outside to capture the surroundings. We were so lucky to have a break in the cloudy weather and Bríd captured the beautiful midday light.
12.00pm It was time to start shooting the flat lays, two of which I had already set up. These flat lays include different elements and products form the studio and my personal life that really helps to tell the story of The Brand Edit. Brid really captured the mood I had envisioned making use of soft shadows.
1.00pm As I was setting up the next set of flat lays Bríd shot all the details of my studio space. My vision for The Brand Edit was really coming to life, Bríd was capturing it perfectly.
1.30pm Lunchtime! My mother who was minding my youngest had some homemade vegetable soup, fresh brown bread and sourdough bread all ready for us to enjoy.
2.00pm Back to shooting the final flat lays, The last hour flew by and before we knew it we were done!
3.00pm Time to pack up and I drop Bríd back to the bus stop to catch the next bus home. I head home and enjoy a nice glass of wine, once the girls are in bed after a very successful days work!
My only regret… not having my hair and makeup professionally done, there’s always next time!