Nine Angels Home creates a fun range of jesmonite home accessories in beautiful colours with gold and silver leaf details. This mini shoot featured the new winter collection of coasters and tea light holders. Gold accessories were used for a subtle festive vibe, with clean white wood to let the colours pop.
We've had several shoots since then to cover the growing range, with an important element being the white cut out images which have gone on to help Melissa gain a large number of press features.
This is such an easy review to write because I couldn’t be more thrilled with how Jilly’s photography has helped my business. The photos are amazing; beautiful group shots, lovely images showing close-up details and really professional white background shots.
If you'd like to book a photoshoot you can do so here
This wee lifestyle photoshoot for Iona Tartan was a lot of fun. I created a custom 'sea worn' wood backdrop to compliment the tartan colours, used natural beachy props and finished with simple accessories to tell the story of each product. Below you can also see the thumbnail planning of this shoot.
If you'd like to book a similar photoshoot you can do so here
Julie Barmer is a glass artist who creates beautiful fused glass pieces for the home, inspired by nature.
Julie wanted her branding to reflect her love of seascapes and feature fluid lines. The final logo was developed to include overlapping organic shapes to represent the fusing of the glass pieces. The 'bubbles' and lines enhance the sea inspired style, but also reflect the little details found in Julie's work. A soft watercolour texture was added along with contemporary fonts to give it a relaxed, modern feel.
Julie also required a business card design and has since used her logo to have a custom packaging stamp made.
If you'd like to book a rebrand you can do so here
Peachy Dream is a boutique home-based day spa in Rosemount, Aberdeen offering a range of beauty and spa treatments.
Amy had an idea of the colours she wanted included so we used this as a starting point. The brand design features a minimal peach shape which is used throughout, with textured elements and hand lettering style typography. Overall, we wanted to create a dreamy nostalgic aesthetic with an uplifting feel. 'Cheeky peachy' phrases are used on the printed materials to make clients smile and this is continued inside the spa through the selection of artwork for the gallery wall.
Amy also required a moodboard to show how the Peachy Dream brand could be carried through to the interior of the spa.
Once she had the spa beautifully decorated she booked a personal brand photoshoot so she could show it off on her website and social media. This brought all of the elements together to give her clients the full Peachy Dream brand experience.
Jilly’s work is exceptional! I started my day spa in 2020 and really couldn’t have done it without Jilly’s help. Jilly really listened to exactly what I was looking for in creating my logo and branding. Everything looks so pretty and professional. From logo design, vouchers, loyalty cards and price lists - Jilly can do it all! And I even got a photo shoot of my work room and myself working, she made me feel so relaxed while doing it. Not only do I LOVE your work but my clients always compliment too! I would highly recommended Jilly to anyone. Thank you so much again
If you'd like to book a branding project you can do so here.
Happy New Year! Can I still say that? Probably a bit late, but since it's my first blog of 2021 I think I will.
After having a wee break from social media, I returned in January with a new focus for my Fun A Day project - vegan baking! It wasn't what I'd originally planned, but after David was given some cake decorating tools for Christmas we were looking for an excuse to practice some techniques. Neither of us had tried any 'proper' cake decorating before, though I am guilty of sitting watching videos of cookies being iced - it's so relaxing! David seemed to think that his landscaping skills would be transferrable and has since referred to crumb coating as cake rendering.
What I loved about this project was that it really gave me a reason to make time to try out recipes I'd had saved for ages, and I'd get to work on my project with David. There was the added challenge of adapting some recipes to be vegan but we had a lot of success, and it was nice timing with Veganuary which also runs for the duration of January.
I think my favourite part was having pretty cakes and bakes to photograph, I was able to set up some cute scenes and try out some fun styling. If anyone would like to commission some recipe book photography I'd be delighted to help!
Also, a really lovely bonus was that we were able to box up bakes for friends and neighbours, inspire others to bake and even post some treats for family birthdays!
I've made a highlight on my Instagram if you'd like to see some behind the scenes and more of the project - here.
Giselle from Score + Fold got in touch as she wanted a bespoke set of mock up images to makeover her shop. She had a Pinterest board along with some sketches of what she had in mind - it was my job to bring these together into 4 scenes which could be used with any of her designs.
This was achieved by using a limited colour palette, clean backgrounds and simple branded elements. The four scenes tell the story of the process - on the cutting mat, in the studio, at the packing station and on display.
If you'd like to book a photoshoot for some custom mockups (and save lots of time getting your products out there!) you can do so here
Tom's Oak Designs offer a range of handcrafted upcycled whisky barrel gifts. For this photoshoot we wanted to create a range of moody bothy style images with a cosy festive feel.
After working on a moodboard, I created this lifestyle scene to shoot the products in with dramatic lighting and simple styling.
If you'd like to book a photoshoot you can do so here.
This mini shoot with Cushy Knit was the perfect brief to create super cosy, hygge style images. We wanted to keep it quite minimal but really inviting, so you want to step into the image on a chilly autumn day.
I kept the props and styling simple but rustic to let the textures and colours of the blankets come to life. I think you can imagine just how soft and squishy they are from the final images!
I gained some absolutely beautiful images. I have never been one for good photography skills so it is amazing I've now come across JillyJilly and will continue to use her for product photography in the future. I could not be more pleased with the outcome of my images. She kept in contact throughout the whole process and sent thumbnails of her ideas before the shoot. So professional and helpful.
If you'd like to book a photoshoot you can do so here.
*Lick gifted me a Colour Consultation, Decorating Kit and paint in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
When Lick got in touch asking if I'd like to try their Video Colourist Session to help makeover a room in my home I thought it would be a fab opportunity to change up our bedroom a little.
My appointment was booked with Sam and held via WhatsApp. We had a lovely chat about interiors including my likes and dislikes, details of the space I wanted advice on (how we use it, what would be staying the same etc), my interiors style and any other requirements. It was a really relaxed chat and Sam gave me the encouragement I needed to go bold as I told her I loved the arch murals I'd been seeing on Instagram recently. After the session I was sent a bespoke mood board with details of Lick paint colours to complete the makeover.
Lick then sent me one of their super handy Decorating Kits and a tin of Yellow 01 which is a soft creamy yellow, perfect for adding a cosy pop of colour to our otherwise white bedroom. I'm just going to take a moment here to say how much I love Lick's branding - from the little messages on the packaging to the logo engraved wooden handles and gorgeous tin - there are so many little touches that make them stand out. The decorating kit I received is the single room painting kit which includes a roller and handle, 2" flat brush, metal roller tray and yellow masking tape.
We measured out the space behind the bed, taped up the straight sides and floor, then used a pencil with some string and a pin (as a compass) to draw the arch. David did the rollering while I did the arch edge - I was so surprised at how easy it was as a wee DIY project! The paint went on so nice and smooth, it only needed one coat as the wall underneath was white. It's a really thick, well pigmented paint and a little definitely goes a long way.
We finished off our mini bedroom makeover with some wee pops of yellow and other cute accessories. First, a few thrifty ones - the cushions were spare ones my Mum had sitting around, I made some pompoms to add to my fairylights (you can see how I did this using a fork here), I added a couple of yellow/gold items to my accessories box frame, and I put one of my great grandmother's vintage doilies in an embroidery hoop as a wall decoration. The beautiful wall hanging is from Letti and Low on Etsy and I found the rattan mirror on eBay. I also couldn't resist taking a pic of one of Cushy Knit's squishy blankets on the bed as it just looks so snuggly with the new colour scheme. Then, last but not least, we got a big yellow mirror ball! I absolutely love it, it's so twinkly in the sun and just makes it feel like a really cheerful space to wake up in, especially on these gloomier mornings.
If you're thinking about having a home makeover, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Lick. The colourist sessions are such a great tool for helping inspire you to try something different in your home with confidence. You can find out more here and also be sure to follow Lick on Instagram as there's so many beautiful real homes featured. I keep spotting more colours I'd like to try elsewhere in the house!
before as our wee guest bedroom which often became a dumping ground
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I hadn't planned on creating a new workspace, it kind of just happened. One day, during lockdown, I mentioned how I'd like to work in our small guest bedroom as it's at the front so gets more sun, and wondered if we could swap them round. David wasn't overly keen and it did seem like a hassle/some top procrastination, but a week or so later we were looking for things to do and it suddenly seemed like a great idea!
This definitely marked the end of an era. Moving to a much smaller room meant packing up the side of my business I'd been falling out of love with to make sure there was room for all of the important stuff for moving forward. It was absolute chaos. I had instant regrets when both rooms were filled with piles of disorganised EVERYTHING. Why did I have so much stuff??
A day of work later and we had the layout of my new workspace! At this stage I decided I wanted to paint everything a muted green so I ordered a tin of Rust-Oleum Bramwell which we used on the desk, shelf and wicker chair. The chair was actually in the garage from when my parents were clearing out - it used to be in my nursery/bedroom growing up and has constantly changed colour. I covered the cushion with a fat quarter of gorgeous liberty fabric from eBay. I also found half a can of matte gold spray paint from a previous project in the garage, which David used to spray my old bright pink IKEA file shelves with. I love how they turned out!
My favourite mini DIY that happened was the clock. This vintage frame was used for displaying brooches and the hands were taken off an old clock which didn't suit the new space. Those, combined with some floral fabric, make a fun but practical addition to my wee gallery wall. The botanical prints are all from CowParsleyCo on Etsy. Keeping to the botanical theme, I treated myself to some custom coasters from Flower Resin - they are made with daisies, ferns, pink petals and gold leaf. So perfect! My desk candle is from The Candle Bothy, I love the cucumber, ginger and mint scent, plus it's a bonus that the label matches perfectly!
Last but not least, is my lovely new pink velvet desk chair. I wanted to have a comfier space to sit as I'm so bad for going downstairs to work from the sofa in the living room. I can safely say it has increased productivity by 100%. It's my focus zone, but I can sit with my legs crossed and draw or cosy up with Daisy. I'd seen these in TK Maxx years ago and always wanted an excuse to buy one, but because it was during lockdown I managed to find a similar one on eBay.
Everything else we already had, it just needed a bit of reorganisation. I really love it and it's become a place I'm excited to spend time in. So cosy and inviting! As for the old studio, it's now a guest bedroom/gym/games room which makes for a much better use of space.
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