3 rules for better portrait photography (and when to break them)

Portrait photography tips

Last weekend I headed north with a group of friends to explore the Scottish Borders. We might not have experienced weather as relentless as that which has been battering Bethan down in Somerset, but we had our fair share of extreme precipitation! I was hoping I might be able to share some dramatic landscape photos… 

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Nature Table: red

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Everywhere I look now, vibrant autumnal reds are catching my eye… {all Decorator’s Notebook Blog} We’ve been photographing a lot of our products for the Decorator’s Notebook Shop against this slate background… it does something wonderful to colours and gives quite a different mood to the bright white backdrops you often see in online interiors… 

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Down to earth drawing by artist Natasha Clutterbuck

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While at Yeo Valley this summer I picked up a leaflet advertisting workshops run by Somerset artist Natasha Clutterbuck, who uses charcoal, mud, rocks and tea to create fantastically expressive drawings of just-picked vegetables. I loved the idea of trying my hand at a natural pigment drawing of my own but was sadly too slow… 

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Mood of the moment… last days of summer

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{LIVE / EAT / WEAR / ESCAPE} {LISTEN Bombay Bicycle Fairytale Lullaby} Pictures curated by Bethan, music selected by Joe. We hope you enjoy our picks and they set the mood for a relaxed weekend… soak up these last days of watery summer sunshine.

Mood of the moment… drift away

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{LIVE / EAT / WEAR / ESCAPE} {LISTEN Lissie Little Lovin’} Pictures curated by Bethan, music selected by Joe. We hope you enjoy our picks and they set the mood for a relaxed weekend… here’s to breakfasts in bed and glittering sunsets!

Golden hour

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In the 13 years our parents have owned this house the field behind has always been for sheep, but for some reason this year it’s been planted with wheat. Last night I took an evening stroll through in the still-wilting heat with my camera in the hope of capturing the golden hour. {all Decorator’s Notebook}… 

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Mood of the moment… Midsummer daydream

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{LIVE / EAT / WEAR / ESCAPE} {LISTEN First Aid Kit King of the World} Pictures curated by Bethan, music selected by Joe. We hope you enjoy it and it gets you in the mood for a sunny weekend x

About time too…

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