Welcome to my website!

Hey, I'm Sophie, I'm a still life/prop stylist, the owner of Black Velvet Styling and the creator of all of the surface designs on here.

If I'm not styling for commercial clients or faffing around with Instagram content you'll find me painting backgrounds in my garden studio or out searching for inspiration and photo opps of cool textures and colours.  That's my thing I guess - colour and texture. 

My aim with Black Velvet Styling is to develop beautiful and commercial designs - from hand painted canvases to reclaimed wood and stone - in printed format, making sure they look as good as the real thing through the lens.  And keep it affordable. And sustainable, no PVC or vinyl here.  

Easy peasy! Well no not really, but lots of fun and it keeps me busy and inspired on my off-days around family life, I feel very lucky to call this work.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, always happy to help :)

Thank you for visiting, I hope you find something you like, Sophie

   

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What's in season? UK Seasonal Food Calendar now available in Excel and PDF formats saving you HEAPS of time!
January 25, 2019

What's in season? UK Seasonal Food Calendar now available in Excel and PDF formats saving you HEAPS of time!

If like me you're constantly checking online for what food is in season or looking for what's available in the UK for food styling ingredients for a shoot at a certain time of year, you will love this new download.  I have finally had chance to create a workable, seasonal food calendar in Excel so I don't have to do that any more.  And I thought if it's useful for me it's probably useful for other food stylists and photographers too :)

Get my UK seasonal food calendar here.

Now obviously there are some great websites out there to check what's in season, and there are some lovely printed calendars or illustrated worksheets telling you what food is available each month of the year BUT they simply aren't in the right format for me to scan across quickly and I do NOT want to have to type it all into my content plan!

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How to mount my printed photography backgrounds for food styling and more
January 03, 2019

How to mount my printed photography backgrounds for food styling and more

Paper backdrops are great - they are an affordable way to expand your prop options, can be rolled up and transported in the parcel tubes and can be used as scoops. They are also a great way to bring new props in for individual clients and charge transparently, and even better, they can be disposed of straight after the shoot if space is at a premium.

However, you may want to mount your printed backgrounds to make them last longer or seal them so you can style food straight onto the surface.  

Mounting your backgrounds onto boards will of course make them more durable and they can be easier to set up to work on.  Sealing them will also make them water resistant and stronger on the surface so even better for food stylists and other messy creatives. 

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Autumn/Winter 2018 Food and Still Life Styling Work
December 22, 2018

Autumn/Winter 2018 Food and Still Life Styling Work

Hey everyone, here are some of the photography projects I've worked on that have been released during the latter part of this year.  It's been a privilege to work on some huge brands and household names, mostly styling Christmas in the heat of the summer!

I really enjoy working with a mix of photographers and under different art directors bringing their ideas to life through my sourcing & styling.  I can provide food, drinks, still life and interiors styling, alone or with a team around me in studios or on location.

For more info and rates please don't hesitate to get in touch - hello@blackvelvetstyling.com or 07866 636070.  I look forward to hearing about your project!

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How to mount & seal my photography backdrops on to long lasting boards