Styled and Served: the wrap up

Last week saw us begin foodie month with a bang! Our Mentor Christall from @christall.lowe was a huge inspiration to us all and was so generous with her tips, time and encouraging words. We were so impressed by the submissions. Lots of community members embraced the new month’s topic, with many taking Christall’s tips on board and stepping out of their comfort zone with amazing results.

If you’ve just joined us, last month we were learning all about light - how to find it, work with it and use it creatively to enhance our visual story storytelling. As I’ve mentioned, this month is all about food; styling, serving and eating it!

Even if you missed all the June challenge weeks we have put together the ultimate lighting cheat to guide you through all the tips from the mentors as well as the great resources and tutorials which you can access any time.

Top tips from our special guest mentor

We invited a special guest Christall from @christall.lowe to guide and mentor us during our first foodie week. Christall is an amazing food stylist and photographer so she was the perfect mentor choice to kick off foodie month. Find out more about Christall.

During her mentorship Christall shared some great tips with our community. Here are three top components Christall believes are key to serving up some foodie styling goodness:

  1. COMPOSITION - Rule of thirds, and negative space. Not always, but often, I apply the rule of thirds to my photos. The rule of thirds is when you divide your image into an invisible 3 x 3 grid, and place your main subject at one of the points where the grid lines intersect.

  2. LIGHT - Use natural light from windows or glass doors. If shooting outside, shoot in a shaded area that’s close to light. If indoors, make sure all of your artificial lights are turned off otherwise they can cast an awful colour through your photo which is hard to correct in editing.

  3. COLOUR - Cool it down! And use the colour wheel. Complementary colours, which are colours on the opposite sides of the colour wheel to each other, enhance the story and give your image more depth. There’s a reason they work well together - they pair cool and warm tones together, eg. blue and orange.

This is just a taste of the tips Christall shared throughout the week. As well as feasting on her Instagram feed, I thoroughly recommend checking out the blogs she contributed to during her mentorship:

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Here are some of the #cs_styledandserved entry highlights selected by Christall and the Creatively Squared team:

Such a serene capture from  @sundayharris

Such a serene capture from @sundayharris

Some hot cross buns from  @thefumblingbaker

Some hot cross buns from @thefumblingbaker

“I loved the tones here, not just deep and moody but also rich and enveloping. The texture on that backdrop is just glorious! Paired with the partially pulled out chair to create more depth, and the contrast of the layers in the dish...pure magic. Draws you right in.” Christall’s words about this amazing image by  @emotivelightphoto

“I loved the tones here, not just deep and moody but also rich and enveloping. The texture on that backdrop is just glorious! Paired with the partially pulled out chair to create more depth, and the contrast of the layers in the dish...pure magic. Draws you right in.” Christall’s words about this amazing image by @emotivelightphoto

We are loved this capture from  @gourmandpixels

We are loved this capture from @gourmandpixels

A breakfast beauty by  @cookingwithpree

A breakfast beauty by @cookingwithpree

“I just want to sit at this table, it is so inviting. I love the mood and the depth - it’s perfect for a hot cup of tea on a winter’s morning. I also love the angle of the shot, which really captures everything going on, from the point of view that you’re just about to sit down and finish that cupcake. Right by the window casting beautiful natural light on this very relaxing, casual scene. Bliss.” Another favourite of Christall’s from  @dearnabond_photography

“I just want to sit at this table, it is so inviting. I love the mood and the depth - it’s perfect for a hot cup of tea on a winter’s morning. I also love the angle of the shot, which really captures everything going on, from the point of view that you’re just about to sit down and finish that cupcake. Right by the window casting beautiful natural light on this very relaxing, casual scene. Bliss.” Another favourite of Christall’s from @dearnabond_photography

A funny one from  @aravisdolmenna

A funny one from @aravisdolmenna

Just one of the amazing foodie submissions from  @motherbooker

Just one of the amazing foodie submissions from @motherbooker

“Captured my heart this one. How she could totally break out of her comfort zone to produce this image of compositional perfection! I loved the story that went with this image, as well as all of the elements and concepts applied to make it simply beautiful. Casually styled yet thoughtfully considered. Just beautiful.” Christall was rather taken by  @bellawonder ’s entry, as we all were.

“Captured my heart this one. How she could totally break out of her comfort zone to produce this image of compositional perfection! I loved the story that went with this image, as well as all of the elements and concepts applied to make it simply beautiful. Casually styled yet thoughtfully considered. Just beautiful.” Christall was rather taken by @bellawonder’s entry, as we all were.

Thank you to everyone that got involved with our first week of foodie month. I hope you learnt something along the way and were inspired by Christall and all the amazing entries. If you are hungry for more foodie styling fun, check out our next challenge for foodie month Farm to Table, along with some resources to help you get in the foodie mood and get inspired.