I love having a free day where I can set-up and style my own instagram mini photoshoot! It’s easy to do one or two a month and allows you to create content for social media that can last a little while. As I just had a mini photoshoot for my new blog, I thought why not share my tricks and tips in a tutorial video and blog post.
So, here is How to Style Your Own Instragram Mini Photoshoot, perfect for either service or product orientated businesses and also design professionals wanting to showcase their work….
What You Will Need:
- Camera Equipment (My Camera and equipment is listed at the bottom of this post)
- Memory Cards & Spare Batteries
- Inspiration Images for layout ideas, found on Pinterest, on other instagram accounts, magazines and blogs
- Multiple types of fresh flowers (or you can use fake flowers too )
- Food Items for decoration
- Pretty Plates
- Drinks for decoration (such as cup of tea or coffee)
- Notebooks or Magazines
- Artist Materials (that you use if you are an artist)
- Designer tools of the trade (like a Pantone deck if you use this)
- Wrapping Paper (Coloured or Patterned)
- Textured Fabrics (Faux Fur, Hessian, Woven fabrics)
- Your Artwork or Product Items
*Based on minimum spend, in Australian Dollars
- (Free if looking at on-screen) Inspiration Images
- $30+ Multiple types of fresh flowers (or you can use fake flowers too )
- $15+ Food Items for decoration (I bought delicious crossaints from Agathe Patisserie in the South Melb Market)
- $5+ Pretty Plates (Mine are vintage finds from the Camberwell Market)
- $3+ Drinks for decoration (such as cup of tea or coffee)
- $5+ Notebooks or Magazines (Loving Collective Hub)
- (Your own supplies) Artist Materials (that you use if you are an artist)
- (Your own supplies) Designer tools of the trade (like a Pantone deck if you use this)
- $2+ Wrapping Paper (Coloured or Patterned)
- $10+ Textured Fabrics (Faux Fur, Hessian, Woven fabrics)
- (Your own supplies) Your Artwork or Product Items
Approximate cost $70
Once you have all the props, you will need to consider the location of your photoshoot. If you are shooting at home, find the room with the most natural light, as it will show your props in the best light. If you don’t have any good areas of natural light suitable, you can also purchase semi-professional lighting online, which is good enough for social media and branding shoots at home. (see bottom of post of recommendations).
“Find the room [in your house] with the most natural light..”
Next, you will need to think about the surface in which you are going to place your items onto. The best background is a smooth plain white surface. I am lucky enough to have a clean white table, but I have also replicated this by buying white art board from the craft store and laying it down on a flat surface. Experiment with other surfaces for backgrounds too, such as wood, textured fabrics (faux fur being my fav at the moment!), Kraft paper and coloured wrapping paper.
“Experiment with other surfaces for background, such as wood, textured fabrics and wrapping paper…”
Next.. after organizing your props, surfaces and products, you can begin the fun part!
Styling Your Mini Photoshoot:
STEP 1: Start by laying down your product or sketches on the surface
STEP 2: Start to build up the layout by introducing one prop at a time
STEP 3: Shuffle the props around, playing with colour and composition
STEP 4: Stand on a step ladder or raise the camera high, to capture a flat lay view of your layout
STEP 5: Experiment by taking photos at various angles and heights before re-shuffling the layout
After.. you have completed the photoshoot (usually mine can take anywhere between 2-5hours), you may want to do some pre-post editing if the lighting wasn’t the best or you want to enhance the colour in some way. If anyone is interesting in some post-editing tips, comment below and I’ll think about creating a post for this.
Good luck with your mini photoshoot and I would love for you to share the results below so I can have a sneak peak!
Here are some of my favourite pics from my mini photoshoot…
For those wanting some extra info, here is my Equipment list:
Olympus Pen E-PL8 with Flash Attached