Thursday, 29 April 2010

bedside lighting styling shoot


I can't believe that I almost forgot to post pics of the "Best of the best bedside lighting" shoot that's in the current onsale May 10 issue of real living magazine. It's partly because the shoot was on the same day as fridges, which seems like a lifetime ago. It's also because I was disappointed with the result. A whole box of lights from a wholesaler never turned up and was still lapping the country days after the shoot. As is often the way with these things, those particular lights were the ones I wanted the most. They were sculptural and interesting and were going to take the shot from so-so to wow - or at least I hoped.

It was another agonising shot in terms of getting the right heights and playing with moving books and props a millimetre to the left then right and back again. I was under the trusty guidance of photographer Prue Ruscoe, and she said I was being hard on myself, but I'm still non-plussed by the shot. I think I prefer creating room sets. It brings out the inner interior decorator in me.

These "best of the best" shoots might seem simple but they're actually quite hard. Not only do you have to source product that is new and design worthy but you also have to photograph them from cheapest to most expensive. Maybe I didn't do such a bad job after all. What do you think?

images real living and prue ruscoe

12 comments:

Carole said...

I think you are definitely being too hard on yourself. You are looking too hard at the detail when onlookers see the whole picture. Looks fab to me. In my humble opinion.

nerines said...

I think you were being really hard on yourself :-) Looks great!

Kelly Green said...

Great job I'd say - love the pops of red and all the differing shapes and heights! Well done.....KG

Tori said...

Great shoot Natalie - I really enjoyed it. Love the current issue. And I need to get some new lamps sometime soon, so this will be my starting point!

Jennifer, Inside Out Colour and Design said...

Of course you didn't do a bad job. I look at photos like this in awe and can only imagine the painstaking hours it has taken to have everything just so. Don't be too hard on yourself.

Jennifer XX

Kerry said...

This might sound weird but that shoot actually made me decide not to go with a particular lamp featured there but to go for another! Perhaps not what the retailers have in mind, but it really helped me to decide, so thank you!

julie said...

I love it - I imagine it must be hard to stop thinking about the lights that you really wanted. But we wouldn't have been any the wiser if you hadn't told us, so don't worry :)

I really like the Publisher Textiles lampshades - lovely!

Paula said...

HI Natalie - a left-field question for you you! Do you have any idea where I can find old maps? I saw a house styled with an old map of paris, cut into 9 equal sections in separate frames and hung as a feature wall - looked fantastic and I've been searching ever since for a suitable map of Rome to do something similiar. Would love any advice....

Folder of Ideas said...

I think you did very well ! - especially with the placement of red and I do love those baskets from Country Road front left.

the red bungalow said...

I think it looks fabulous! I LOVE this mag, so glad to have found your blog. :)

Bre @ http://theredbungalow.blogspot.com

Natalie Walton said...

Thanks everyone! As added comfort real living style director Jason Grant said no stylist is happy with their shots when they see them. Guess it's an occupational curse.

Natalie Walton said...

Hi Paula, Zetta Florence in Melbourne has a large array of old maps. Exactly the ones you're talking about, too. I have them myself! They have lots of images on their website and wholesale to shops across Australia so they might be able to help you find someone close to you that has them. (And you can have mine if you don't have any luck - truly). x

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