Hi Jodi, thank you for speaking with us today! Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?
A: I am from Sydney, Australia. I am a mum, a wife, afraid of heights but love to fly, easily distracted and participate in the occasional yoga class!
How did you get started on Instagram?
A: I started on Instagram after I was made redundant from my job a few years ago. I was really down, felt lost and didn’t have a reason to get out of bed in the mornings. A friend suggested I try the photo a day challenge on Instagram. There was a prompt list every month and each day you took a picture corresponding to the word for that day. After the first month I was hooked and loved that that I was using my brain again to come up with ideas for pictures to post.
Now I post my everyday life such as, flowers, tea, coffee, candles, books and sometimes my travel pictures. I hope that my photos inspire others and bring some joy to their day.
Where does your inspiration come from?
A: I like to think outside the square. I love to see what I can do with things such as: flowers, scissors and teacups just to make them look different.
I’ll see something I have at home such as an old coffee jar or a glass water bottle and think that might look good if I paint it, fill with water and use as a vase. My mind is constantly going and I always look at an object with an open mind and how I can change the use of it.
What does your process look like for creating your artful photos?
A: I have a couple of different boards that I take the majority of my photos on. Usually I lay the boards on the floor and arrange the props I’m using for that photo. My floor is always covered in flowers as they are the main prop I use. On other occasions I may be having a cup of coffee and sit it down on my coffee table next to some flowers and take a candid shot.
Do you have any photo styling tips to share?
Yes! I do. Here are my top photo styling tips:
- I always photograph in natural light, open the blinds and let the light shine through.
- I’m a big fan of colour whether its pretty pastels or brights, colour attracts your followers attention immediately.
- I take the majority of my pictures in a flatlay style I find this style eliminates problems with shadows.
- Always take about 5 pictures of the same thing as one might be in focus better than the others or the light might be better.
- Photograph what you love.
What are your favorite flowers and props to work with?
A: I love working with roses (and peonies when they are in season.)
Pink roses are my absolute favourite, pink carries with it the connotation of grace and elegance, as well as sweetness and romance. I also adore teacups, their shapes and colours, they just seem to complete a photo.
What can you absolutely not live without?
A: Apart from my family I can’t live without traveling. I love packing a suitcase, going to the airport and heading off to the unknown. To me traveling is like breathing, I have to do it!
What does “lust for life” mean to you?
A: “Lust for life” for me means making the most of everyday and every opportunity that comes my way. I want to experience as much in this lifetime as I can, the good and the bad. When I’m old and sitting in my rocking chair I want to look back on my life and have no regrets.
A: I actually have two favourite quotes:
“I must have flowers,
always and always.”
– Claude Monet
‘What you think, you become.
What you feel, you attract.
What you imagine, you create.”