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Pumpkin Pie Recipe for Thanksgiving 2018
November 16, 2018

Pumpkin Pie Recipe for Thanksgiving 2018

Like many other Brits I guess, I haven't had sweet pumpkin before, oh apart from spiced lattes! So it was really nice to create this recipe and eat pumpkin in a different way.  We waste so many around Halloween anyway don't we so it's good to have another recipe up my sleeve to make use of them.  Maybe you could peel and chop the pumpkin up straight after Halloween and freeze it until you need it?

Anyway, it was both delicious and a dream to shoot - I mean that colour! And autumnal natural props always make me giddy, so this was a dream job for me.  I'm going to write a post about the work side of this recipe shoot - the photography set up, styling and editing - but for now lets focus on the recipe itself.

I used one which called for fresh pumpkin rather than tinned to use up a big pumpkin I had left over and it wasn't hard at all - just took a bit longer to prep and cook but I think the colour and flavour would be much better with fresh anyway.

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Boring blog about social sharing and UGC etiquette
November 12, 2018

Boring blog about social sharing and UGC etiquette

I wanted to write a short blog about social sharing and my use of customer images (user generated content or UGC to marketers) as it is very valuable to my business and much appreciated, but only of course, if you're down with it too.  I want to check that I am approaching it correctly and respectfully.

So, as I use hashtags on Instagram to mark entries to the monthly giveaway (yeah I give 3 free photography backgrounds away every month just for sharing an image! Check out this post about it for more details.) and I'm now using product specific hashtags to share both my and customer social images on the backdrop listings too, I wanted to clarify my thoughts on the etiquette of it and make sure they are in line with yours.  And get your feedback if not!

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October's Instagram 3forFREE Giveaway Winner! #blackvelvetstylingoct18
November 01, 2018

October's Instagram 3forFREE Giveaway Winner! #blackvelvetstylingoct18

Congratulations to Nicky Ryan who has won Octobers 3forFREE giveaway!

Nicky is a food, lifestyle and travel photographer based in Sydney Australia and entered with this stunning still life photo, shot on my Bridge photography backdrop.

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We're now proudly supporting Surfers Against Sewage!
October 31, 2018

We're now proudly supporting Surfers Against Sewage!

Hi! If you read my post about why I don't print my backdrops on vinyl (PVC) you'll know that the ocean and marine life is very close to my heart.  You'll also know that I've been making some changes at home and at work - in this business - to keep our product, processes and packaging as eco-friendly as possible.

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National Food Days and Foodie Events for the UK - Nov 2018 to Jan 2019
October 17, 2018

National Food Days and Foodie Events for the UK - Nov 2018 to Jan 2019

Hey there, just a quick one to say I've been planning my winter content today (a bit last minute I know!) and I thought it might be useful to share the upcoming foodie dates for November to January with you. I tend to look at my online content for social and web marketing in quarterly chunks so have just set my styling and marketing projects for Nov-Jan.   

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Some early feedback and customer snaps on our photography background papers
September 25, 2018

Some early feedback and customer snaps on our photography background papers

This is a completely new business and product range for me so I'm really pleased to have this great feedback on what I had hoped would be (and is proving to be - thank god!)  a good solution to the needs of stylists and photographers on a lower budget or when quick fixes are required if you supply props for many different clients.

Another good sign is that we're already getting repeat orders - only in our second month of being in business - so that makes me very pleased too. Not only are people enjoying shooting with my photography backgrounds, but they're also coming back for more, giving me feedback, discussing opportunities and generally being part of our journey.  It's fabulous - thanks so much if you're one of those early advocates.

If you are on the fence as to whether these backdrops would be right for your photography, read on for genuine customer comments and click through to see how these guys are using their BVS backdrops on Instagram or their own websites.

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Early Autumn Backdrop Edit #1 - for seasonal food & still life styling
September 19, 2018

Early Autumn Backdrop Edit #1 - for seasonal food & still life styling

It's sad to say goodbye to such an amazing summer, but

Autumn is awesome too.

I'm excited for more mushroom foraging, pumpkin-spiced lattes, crunchy walks, chestnuts, cosy (forgiving) fashion and all the rich colours the English autumn brings.

Here is my AUTUMN EDIT #1 to get you in the mood for some seasonal styling (and maybe for Netflix and comfort food). I've kept it quite colourful - as that seems to be my style - but also I don't want to go full on dark and wintery yet - Autumn can be bright and sunny and there's still lots of colour around - roses, dahlias, berries, garden apples - all make beautiful natural props before we resign ourselves to winter.

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A quick peek behind-the-scenes on a couple of recent shoots using my backgrounds
August 24, 2018

A quick peek behind-the-scenes on a couple of recent shoots using my backgrounds

A very quick post to show you how well my printed backdrops stand up to commercial product photography and food styling.  I can't share too much until the clients release the content but maaaaaaaaaaaaan these colours look gorgeous!  

We shot Christmas, mothers day, cocktails, breakfast, bakes, valentines, fathers day, cinco de mayo and more for web and social media content, POS and packaging images.

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