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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Mounted & Sealed Solid Photography Backdrops just got a lot CHEAPER!
June 26, 2019

Mounted & Sealed Solid Photography Backdrops just got a lot CHEAPER!

Thanks to a really big order for my mounted and sealed photography backdrops  (see previous blog post!) I can now offer professionally mounted backdrop boards at much lower prices - WITHOUT COMPROMISE on the materials or craftsmanship - I've just got smarter with my processes!

And I've made them easier to order by adding mounting options to the paper sheet product listings.  

Simply shop the paper backdrop sheets, and if you want one mounted just check your mounting option before adding to your basket.  If you want a double faced board you will be asked to select your backdrop design for the second side from the product swatches - all in one place.

The charge to mount and seal one design on to a single faced board is just £25.  

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30 of my mounted photography backdrops are now part of the prop collection at Food Studio Hire in London, NW1
June 21, 2019

30 of my mounted photography backdrops are now part of the prop collection at Food Studio Hire in London, NW1

Images copyright Howard Shooter. 'Bert' backdrop used above.

I had the pleasure of meeting Howard Shooter yesterday, having created 30 mounted and sealed photography backdrops for his food photography studios in Camden.  What a lovely man! (And food photography legend, obvs.)

Howard now has the largest range of BVS backdrops in London! (That I know of anyway!) You can use them as part of his photography services and they are also available to hire in his two extra kitchen studios which are rented out on a daily or weekly basis for food stills, TV and film work.

I'm very excited to see what Howard and his clients create with the collection!  The hire studios haven't been open long but Howard has already had The Body Coach - Joe Wicks, Gousto, Marcus Wareing, Louise Pentland, Weight Watchers, The Great British Bake Off and Waitrose in - follow @foodstudiohire on Instagram to see these beautiful spaces in use.

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Behind the Scenes at the Nottingham Prop Styling & Food Photography Workshop
June 18, 2019

Behind the Scenes at the Nottingham Prop Styling & Food Photography Workshop

'I had a fantastic time, definitely learnt a lot and left feeling very inspired.  Your notes are fantastic and we will be presenting what we learnt to the team.'  Rachael, High Street TV

After months of planning and excitement (and a few nerves!) I held my first styling workshops in Nottingham last week.  

Coaching people one-to-one (which has just kind of become a thing!) and going on creative workshops myself has renewed my passion for what I do and ignited a new love of teaching, to share my experience and inspire others - especially small business owners and creatives who have a special place in my heart.

I hope this write up and pics give you a good insight into what a styling workshop day involves and how much fun we have on my photography courses! 

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10 Easy & Affordable Photography Backdrop Ideas for Food and Still Life Styling, Flatlays etc!

I don't want you to come here just to buy my backdrops - I want to be a wealth of knowledge to you and offer styling and photography advice too.

So here are some tips and tricks for sourcing and creating surfaces and backdrops to shoot your food, product or still life photography on. With expected price estimates (UK), hunting tips and a few styling ideas.

Please let me know if it's useful for you in the comments!  Sophie xx

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