Melbourne School of Styling

I recently took part in a styling class held by stylist extraordinaire Bianca Christoff at the Melbourne School of Styling. It was held over two Saturdays and it was so great to be back in a classroom and learning new skills. 

We went through Bianca’s extensive portfolio ranging from fashion, food and interiors, and how the design elements and principles had been applied to each extremely well thought out shot. We learnt about the essentials for any stylists kit, and why a loaf of white bread might come in handy for a males underwear campaign. Hint, its not for snacking on ;)

The real fun came when we were handed a brief to prepare for the following week for 3 different ‘clients’ with the task to style an image for Food, Fashion and Product. I honestly had the best week coming up with ideas, sourcing backgrounds and finding props to support my three different themes. 

In class the second week I had the pleasure of meeting photographer Tatiana C C Scott who had come in to photograph some behind the scenes photos. Tatiana has kindly shared her photos with me to accompany my blog :)

My first flatlay was Fashion and it was a Summer inspired beachside theme, with some gorgeous little baby onesies supplied by Sunday the Label. I was planning on just the one flatlay, but ended up styling 3 different images with the guidance of Bianca. 

The next was my Product shot, and I had chosen to work with Frank Body scrub - a delicious coffee based skincare range. Halfway through executing my idea, Bianca, Tatiana and myself all agreed the shot needed an element to help show that the product was in fact a body scrub. A quick trip down to the pharmacy and I had a scrubbing brush and a body sponge to add to the image. 

My last was my Food shot, and it was a bit rushed as we were quickly running out of time. With help from Bianca we put together the idea I had in my head for my cake image. 

My final images are below. I’m super stoked with them all and I loved being pushed to explore and create more than I originally thought I could. I couldn’t recommend Bianca or this class more highly, I had the most inspiring time! 

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