Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Spring Lookbook 2014.

The more eagle eyed of you may have noticed that I've been getting more and more into my Youtube videos recently. As much as I love traditional blogging, there's something really refreshing about making videos, and now that I feel I've found my feet a bit I'm really enjoying it. It was something I was reluctant to try at first since I'd heard Youtube could be a pretty brutal place, but honestly I've so enjoyed the past few months, and the community interaction has been fantastic. I won't be leaving this blog behind -don't worry- but you can definitely expect to see more and more video content this year. It's really renewed my love for blogging, and just in time for the warmer weather.

Until recently, my videos were primarily based around tags, challenges, and personal content. However, since this blog is rooted in personal style, I figured it was about time that I began incorporating more fashion content. I did the Closet Confidential Tag, a Sister Style Swap with my little sister Poppy, and this afternoon I published this Spring Lookbook video after working on it for the past week. My lovely husband Grant filmed and edited it for me, and the wonderful Bryony Foale let me use one of her songs, 'Daydreaming', as the soundtrack. Considering it's my first attempt at a lookbook I'm so pleased with it, and I hope you all enjoy it too!

P.S. It's that time of year again! If you enjoy reading Briar Rose, I'd be over the moon if you'd consider nominating me for 'Best Personal Style Blog' in the Company Style Blogger Awards. Last year I made it onto the shortlist, but I didn't win, so this year I'm taking another crack at it! Company is a magazine that continually inspires me to work my hardest in ensuring that all of my content is the best it can be, so being recognised by them is about as good as it gets. Thank you so much!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Turning the lens with Uniqlo.


Goodness knows how I'd keep my blog ticking over without the help of my lovely husband, Grant, so when Uniqlo asked if we'd like to get involved with their 'Turning The Lens' campaign we jumped at the chance! Photography was one of the first things we bonded over, and it's something we both still love. Grant shoots all of my outfit photos, and only becomes more enthusiastic with time. I think it's fair to say that fashion photography wasn't something he was naturally drawn to, but he's definitely taken to it over time!

Grant's style has developed organically alongside my own. When we first got together, we both lived in band t-shirts and battered Converses, but nowadays his style is far more refined and classic; he lives in shirts, jumpers, chinos, slim fit jeans and brogues, and is rarely seen without a satchel of some description! Earlier this week I gave him a Game of Thrones 'Hand of The King' pin, which has taken pride of place on the strap of his current satchel...


- Prime lenses are a worthy investment. Although they can make shooting in smaller spaces a little impractical, there's no image distortion. Megan and I shoot almost exclusively with our 50mm, and a 35mm is the next on our wishlist.
- On sunny days, try to shoot in evening/morning light, or look for shady patches. Harsh shadows cast by the midday sun can make taking photos tricky! We actually prefer shooting on overcast days.
- Always check your framing and focus before you snap. If you're using a tripod, use a remote or manually focus on an object at the same distance that you'll be standing from the camera. Consider every corner of the photo when framing.
- Being a little snap happy is fine, but try not to take the same photo twice. Even if it's only subtle, make each photo different. Play with angles, and encourage the subject to keep moving slightly with each click of the camera.
- Whilst Megan does love to tweak our photos in Photoshop, don't rely on editing software. Strive to make your photos perfect in the camera, then use editing for the finishing touches.