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On Set: Shooting with Stylist Vanessa Colyer Tay

If it’s one thing I’ve learnt being on set during a photo shoot, it’s that a tonne of chaos takes place to capture even the smallest moment on film. A photo shoot at Inside Out magazine is no different. And if you thought snapping models presented its challenges, try working with a flowers that droop the day of the shoot! It’s all in a day’s work for stylist Vanessa Colyer Tay, who filled me in on creating this story for the September issue of Inside Out.

Inside Out Photo Shoot with Stylist Vanessa Colyer Tay - Flower Prep

Inside Out Photo Shoot with Stylist Vanessa Colyer Tay

Inside Out Photo Shoot with Stylist Vanessa Colyer Tay

The photos you can see here are from the Spring Awakening feature on page 61, which Creative Director Aleksandra Beare tells me was all about “using the same colour tones in flowers to create a bold statement”.

Working with flowers presents its own unique challenges, because wilting is of primary concern under studio lighting. Vanessa, who you can see in the photographs here, tells me that she approaches each shoot in the same manner, “with the utter most care and thought towards what it is I’m trying to deliver”.

“It wasn’t trickier nor easier than usual,” she adds. “But it was delightful to play within a small scale set, and to work on something different to the usual interiors set”.

Inside Out Photo Shoot with Stylist Vanessa Colyer Tay  - Finished Shot

As you can see above, the team’s hard work has paid off. I’m in love with the use of blooms in this shot, not to mention the interesting ideas it puts forth for presenting flowers and accessorising them in the home (the roses in the ceramic cup are to die for!).

“I loved producing this story,” Vanessa tell me, “and would do round two (plus round three, four etc) tomorrow if I had the chance”.

The photos in this post come courtesy of Inside Out:
Styling by Vanessa Colyer Tay
Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper
Creative Director – Aleksandra Beare

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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