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Online Course. HOW TO STYLE - THE BASICS. An introduction to understanding style & creating a look for your brand. Starts Monday, 13th January 2020

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An introduction to understanding style & creating a look for your brand. 

Two week online course with direct feedback, unlimited email advice & access to private Instagram group - starts Monday, 13th January 2020

Early bird offer - 5 places available with £20 OFF!

My 'How to style - the basics' online course has been designed to help you define your brand style and build confidence in creating the food, still life or product content you need to succeed with your business or freelance work.

While the content is far from basic, this course takes you right back to the start of the styling process - creating your look.  All photography shoots - and many other marketing projects - start with a brand style guide or creative direction to steer the styling and photography.  This course is designed to guide you in creating one for your own brand - LIKE THE PROS DO!

Once that is designed and you feel good about the choices you've made, the rest will quickly become second nature - styling confidently and effortlessly with your style guide on hand to remind you of your focus and keep your look consistent and slick.  You'd be amazed at how quickly you can style (ie make designs decisions) when you have a visual plan!

I'm passionate about helping people succeed in business and as part of that I always want to give everybody I teach a good understanding of the basics of styling for photography.  

In this course I will;

  • teach you the essence of style,
  • share secrets and tools the pros use to make you swoon
  • give you my essential food styling prop list & kit tips,
  • guide you through defining your own style and making decisions on your best angles, lighting and crop options
  • give you the confidence to create content without getting held back by perfectionism, comparison or fear.


With these professional insights and simple exercises you will learn how important and effective it is to be true to your own creative instincts. I will guide you, step-by-step in honing a recognisable brand style which will become your blueprint for creating beautiful content - effortlessly and confidently.


This course is aimed at complete beginners and those who have lost their way or just not found their styling groove yet.  If you are hesitant to create the content you need to succeed in your work or business this course is jam-packed with expert advice and confidence boosters.

This introductory course should also prove very useful for anybody already creating content and styling - it's always good to have a sound understanding of the basics!


Whether you are just starting out on a styling career, working in content marketing, setting up a business or already selling a product or service, this course will teach you techniques and give you confidence to create a professional and slick look across all of your communications.

With 5 modules and 10 exercises to guide you step-by-step in understanding style and creating a signature look for your brand I hope you will finish this course feeling inspired and excited to move forward confidently and enjoy creating the content you need to succeed.

This listing is for the timed online course which includes constructive feedback on the homework tasks and an extra confidence boost from working directly with Sophie with unlimited email access during the 2 week duration of the course.


Modules in this online course: 

Week 1:


  • 1. WHAT IS STYLE / Learn how to define it

  • 2. How to create your look AND OWN IT

Week 2:

  • 3. Setting your brand style guidelines & PROPS WISH LIST

  • 4. PROPS dos and don'ts and where to buy them

  • 5. Styling kit ESSENTIALS

Going forward confidently


These are the things I wish everybody knew before spending lots of money on fancy kit and props!

On purchasing this course you will receive your welcome email and info to think about before we start.  Links and passwords to the online content plus any course documents/homework will be released as per the course timings above.

You'll also get exclusive access to our private Instagram group to share your posts, seek advice and offer support with fellow course takers and Sophie forever - something I hope will be of long lasting value to you!

I can't wait to share my experience with you and see your creativity bloom!

Whether you choose the self-paced or timed course I'd love to connect with you on Instagram - please use the hashtag #bvsacademy so I can see your creations!

Hope you enjoy! Sophie


Please note that as these online courses are delivered by digital download and contain valuable content, refunds or exchanges are not permitted after download.  Please be sure you are making the right decision before purchase!


If you'd like to do this course in your own time without feedback (perfect if you want to dip in and out in your spare time) please check the courses page for the self-paced version of this online courses and other course available. 


If you are confident in these topics or feel you are a bit further down the road on your journey, my course, HOW TO STYLE - FOOD & STILL LIFE. Your essential guide to styling techniques and story telling with food and props is a natural progression, digging deeper into the styling techniques used for effective and beautiful food and still life photography. 

Want to learn more about photography and creating your own content at home or work? My course DIY - FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY. Essential kit, tips & set-ups for food photography and content creation at home might be what you need.

Check out all the courses and save money with my bundle offers on the online courses and resources page.  


Testimonials from tuition and workshop attendees

Such a great workshop would highly recommend, the tips and tricks will be very useful for our upcoming shoots.  William Parkinson, High Street TV

Absolutely buzzing after yesterday. Its given me an extra boost to get creative with making things. I honestly can't thank you enough! Heather Ward, Etsy crafter

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. Rachel Woods, High Street TV

Thanks so much, I really enjoyed yesterday. Despite exhaustion, in general, I was so inspired I actually spent all morning today making and shooting MORE salads! And I used the dropper to great effect. Which is good because this week coming is meant to be my week off, which I started with your workshop. And now I have loads of images so I really can ease up on Insta content for a bit, which is fabulous. Laura Hutton, content creative 

I highly recommend Sophie if you want to develop your styling skills and massively improve the quality and structure of your content. Spending a day 1-2-1 with Sophie has taught me how to approach the styling of my products and how to produce quality images for social media. I'm not a natural when it comes to styling but I now feel I have the confidence and ability to do really well at it by putting into practice all the things Sophie taught me. Ceri Gore, wedding cake designer 

I really enjoyed my day. It was great to have you there to advise and it was a massive learning curve on the photography side! It's a fabulous space and a pleasure to work in. Everyone was lovely and it was very interesting to see how many different food careers everyone was involved in.  Kirsty Wilson-Close, home baker

Really enjoyed the workshop, and learned a lot. It was so useful to have space and permission to create, not something I’ve had time or energy for lately.  Also just unpacked the goody bag, lots of useful things and the gift voucher is very tempting, thanks. Rachel Cohen, food / lifestyle blogger


About Sophie

Sophie has worked in styling and photography for over 20 years having moved through retail styling, product design, buying and marketing, always with a hand in photographic styling and then creative direction and content creation for national advertising campaigns, print catalogues and online/social media marketing. Her extensive background means she has a broad understanding of business and marketing as well as the creative talents to execute ideas beautifully and successfully.

Clients include Aldi, Harrods, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, Asda, Filippo Berio, Waterford Crystal, Denby, ckbk, Gordon Ramsay, Ellen DeGenerese, Howdens Kitchens, Marks and Spencer, Waitrose and many more.

Read more about Sophie's work here. 

Contact Sophie for 1-to-1 or team tuition here.