How to Style your Product Photos

I'm always on the lookout for handy and useful creative business ideas, concepts or tips to share with you. This post on styling product photos recently caught my eye and I thought it would be ideal to share as I know it can be a difficult task. The post is short and sweet with a few valuable pieces of info from Holly a successful photographer. 

Bookmark and be sure to keep it as a reference for future product snapping - it's sure to be of value.

A Bon Voyage Meet Free Monday

I hope your long weekend has been wonderful and what a great thought that today is a work free one too. Thank you so much for your feedback on last week's MFM post. I'm still deciding exactly how to run things, but it seems as if most people were in favour of keeping the series. My weekend was actually quite fun and social. I must admit I love the thought of no plans and sleeping in, but a change is as good as a holiday (the words of my gran). Thursday was a jam-packed work day between consulting sessions, errands and meetings. On Friday, we slept in and I worked for most of the morning and had to pop out to help a client. Daniel joined me and afterwards we went to Cafe Jiran for lunch. Their hot choc and toasted sandwiches are my favourite! We also took a walk to Bike and Bean. The weather in Durban at the moment is so beautiful - warm with no humidity. I fitted in a bit more work as well as relaxing after our outing. Saturday was spent with friends, first for breakfast at Vovo Telo and then at Gateway and Tashas. I had a few more things on my Winter shopping list and found exactly what I was after. Victory! I caught up with my parents and spent time sitting outside chatting and looking at the ocean. Sunday is French toast day, which is Daniel's speciality. A dear friend joined us and we had a delightful time chatting and catching up. The balance of the day was spent packing and working. Last week I mentioned a potential trip, but I wasn't sure if all would work out. The great and happy news is - it did and we are off on a five day cruise today! I'm so excited and spent hours planning my outfits and thinking of every possible thing we might need. The trip is a gift from my cousin who won it, but couldn't go. How exciting - I am beyond grateful! We won't have much signal and my laptop is staying at home so it will be a true break. I have a few posts scheduled for you to enjoy. Looking forward to sharing the trip with you upon our return.

I can therefore say, not only is today meet free, but the rest of the week too. Let me know how your week is looking post public holidays.

This week's photo features:
*Spot the bunnies - how apt. 
Wreck this Journal: Exclusive Books (such a fun concept).
Wooden Bunny: A lovely toy shop which is now closed (sadly).
White Bunny Clip: Gift, but I did see Mr Price Home had them for a while.
Bear Brooch: A gift from the lovely Claire who works with me - she brought it back from the Design Indaba expo earlier this year. It's from Trinket.
Camera Stamp: Etsy (sorry can't recall supplier).
Mini Scissors: Milnerton Market
Pencils: CNA

A Delayed Meet Free Monday: #17

14 April: A Day at HQ
*Long post ahead...
Hello to you and hello This week's Meet Free Monday post is delayed due to the quick Kamers giveaway that I wanted to share. If I can be honest with you, I've been having mixed emotions over the MFM posts and whether they are too repetitive - I'm just not sure. They are also quite a bit of work and they take a bit of soul searching for me in order to admit weaknesses in a public online space. Believe it or not, when it comes to emotions I am a private person, despite living part of my life online. At the same time I missed doing the post yesterday morning and felt like I had heaps of things I needed to tell you. While thinking - I thought would it be better if I did one MFM post a month, check in and set my intentions all in one go? I don't know - help me out here. My general feeling is that this could be a better idea, but you can let me know what you prefer. They are fairly personal and once I post them I hear so little with only one to three or so comments. This is by no means about comments only, but I just wanted to find out what the general consensus is.

Back to our regular discussing and MFM process... I had a really great weekend - one of those where you get to do different things and they all just slot in perfectly. I feel as if I want to mention Friday too at the risk of making this a ridiculously long post. Anyway, so on Friday, work was on the go as usual and I also met up for lunch with the lovely Janet of Rubio Communications. I had a few last minute errands to run for the Thrift Sale and also collected a really pretty package (will share in mail monthlies). Most of the day was spent on finalising all for the sale, which also included a late night and an early start on Saturday. The sale was a wonderful success and I am so grateful to all of you who attended and shared the event. I think a special thanks is needed for everyone online who put up with my consistent sale updates and reminders, but as mentioned last week I wanted as many people there as possible. After the fun of the sale my family joined me for lunch at Spiga, which was such a perfect finish to the day. The balance of afternoon was spent on a few sale related admin tasks and on the couch to watch Revenge episodes (judge if you like). You might think I'm crazy, but on Saturday eve I tidied part of my cupboard - I was actually looking for something and ended up having to unpack heaps of things so I just rearranged and organised it (but, never found what I was looking for). On Sunday we slept in - much needed! I had promised myself that the profit from selling my things at the sale was going into new wardrobe items. I have nothing to wear - I mean it... so we headed out for lunch and a bit of shopping. I didn't find exactly what I was after, but I did get a great pair of heels and a dressing gown in the loveliest fluffiest fabric from Cotton On. I picked up a few other bits and pieces. I also stocked up on some treats and we retired to the couch to eat said treats and watch movies. A pretty good weekend I think!

The Working Week in Review / Last Week:
I am so proud of last week's work and all that was accomplished. Two big projects are well on their way. In general I just felt better mood wise with Wednesday being the most productive day with Claire in the office. I find I often get so focused on getting stuff done that I almost get into a bad mood, but with some support it all felt doable. My week also followed my preferred structure of three solid office based days. I also managed to fit in a fun night out at the Mr Price VIP event.

The Working Week:
I feel as if the thought of Easter is making this week seem a bit more chilled - not sure if this is good or bad. There is less office time this week and I will be spend several hours out at consulting sessions. Work on a few blogs continues which I look forward to sharing when they launch. There are several tasks that keep slipping off the list which I simply MUST do this week. Good old procrastination is ever present - these tasks are marked by plenty of 'NB', highlighting and arrows!

Things I'm excited about this week:
Easter and less pressure. Something else really good happened which seems too good to be true and basically we're going away for most of next week. I will share more once I have the ticket in hand.

What will challenge me this week?
To not feel too chilled due to the long weekend's fast approach. My office is also a BIG mess after crafting for the sale and just a general disarray of projects and 'creative mess' (read clutter). Oh and you know that filing I mentioned many weeks ago - yes that hasn't been done (oops)!

Personal Thoughts:
Last week I mentioned my return to yoga and I went again yesterday and just loved it. My friend and I are trying a new, more strenuous class, but it's really awesome. Doing it on a Monday night also seems to set the tone for the week. Personally, I feel very blessed at the moment and grateful for simple, happy things. 
I've been into watching YouTube make-up and beauty videos quite a bit lately and felt that I wanted a few more products, but didn't want to blow my budget. Since starting to think about this, it's as if the stars have aligned and I have been receiving beauty related gifts, samples and press packs. For example, I won a prize at the Rubybox Beauty Nightout - a huge Morgan Taylor hamper and last week my mom gave me some large samples size Gatineau products. I just love taking time to get ready using new items and feeling pampered. 

I hope you have a really great and positive week!

This week's photo features:
One Line A Day Notebook: Exclusive Books
Tapes: Typo & In Good Co
Scissors: Typo (of course)
Glasses Pin / Brooch: Gift, but I'm sure it came from Eclectic.
Pen: Gift from Thailand.

Kamers: Easter in Joburg *TICKET GIVEAWAY* (closed)

A weekend of Easter egg enjoying and time off is ahead of us and if you are lucky enough to be in Joburg this weekend you can visit Kamers too! How wonderful! I am giving away five sets of double tickets to visit the event which is on from the 18th to 21st April.

Here are just a few of the beautiful products that will be for sale and if you win the tickets it means you will have a spare R150 (value of two tickets) to shop with! (View even more here.)

I've attended a few Kamers in the past and it is a truly amazing creative event!

  • The giveaway is running for the next 24 hours and will end tomorrow at 3pm and is open to anyone who is able to attend the event in Joburg between the 18th and 21st April.
  • Like / Follow both Kamers and me on either Facebook or Twitter. Links: NvdM Twitter / Facebook and Kamers Twitter / Facebook.
  • Share the giveaway and lastly leave a comment on this post with your name, surname and email address.
Good luck!

The winners are: (Please see my reply to your comments on how to claim your tickets.)
Huibri Schalkwyk
Natalie Vos
Kirsten Townsend
Linda Thompson
Michelle Van Der Linde

*Winners selected using

This beautifully curated event is being held at The Forum Campus in Bryanston and there is also a music event taking place...

Happy winning and shopping! Wish I could go with you.
Photos by: Geneviève Fundaro Photography and Charl du Preez.

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