Interested in learning more about product styling with natural ingredients? Here you will find a super yummy popsicle recipe, and a few awesome styling tips that will help you create your own beautiful mess!
I love how so many products these days are made using all-natural ingredients – body products, candles, cleaners, make-up, air fresheners, you name it. As a stylist, I find that these products often times are the most fun to work with. There is something so refreshing, satisfying, and especially exciting about creating an image using the raw ingredients within a product. Sometimes it is important, visually speaking, to create structure within a shot, especially when using raw ingredients, so that the photo doesn’t end up looking too chaotic. Other times a beautiful mess is exactly what’s needed!
Here is an overview shot of what my entire layout looked like. Usually I prefer starting from the center and working my way out. The product itself should always be the star of the show, so it should be laid out first. Then, continue by adding the fresh ingredients around the edges.
When working with the raw ingredients, I like to build my image by starting with the largest ingredient (in this case the coconuts), and adding in the rest, one ingredient at a time. While working on your layout, don’t be too concerned about the exact placement of things. Trust me, it’s easy to do – but that’s why I like to call this type of shot “a beautiful mess” – it’s not supposed to be perfect. Just remember to have fun and enjoy the creative freedom this type of shot allows!
Recently I was asked when it’s appropriate to use props. There are so many different ways this question could be answered, but let’s use the example at hand. In this shot I decided to use a wooden honey dipper, so there wasn’t just a random sticky golden pool in the photo. When you’re working with ingredients that can sometimes be hard to recognize (like honey), props are not only important but often add something special to the image. The honey dipper played into the sweet whimsical feeling of the image overall and also tied in perfectly with the wooden popsicle sticks already being used.
Lastly, consider what else might be needed to take your image to the next level. Maybe it’s a pretty prop if you haven’t used one already. Up to this point I had laid out the coconuts, peaches, and honey, so I really felt another hint of color was necessary. I decided to use Queen Anne’s Lace, which is one of my favorite flowering plants, and it felt appropriate for the photo since it is a well known summer bloom. Green is also a rejuvenating and refreshing color which is perfect when working with fresh ingredients. Plus, let’s face it, natural greens are always my go-to! Needless to say they were the perfect addition, and the teeny tiny flowers were just right for sprinkling around as a finishing touch to my beautiful mess!
TIP: These photos were taken on a piece of white foam core. It is very inexpensive and comes in all different sizes – you can get one at just about any art store.
Coconut Peach Popsicles for the win!
Nothing says summer better than a frozen treat and this coconut delight is peach perfect – you guys will love it!
makes: 5 popsicles
1 can of coconut milk (use at room temperature so that the honey can combine)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 vanilla bean scraped (optional)
pinch of salt
1 fresh yellow peach, thinly sliced
Combine all ingredients except for the peaches in a large bowl and whisk together. Taste the mix, if you need more sweetness add a little extra honey. Place peach slices into the popsicle molds and press against the sides. Pour the mix into the molds. Add the popsicle sticks and freeze those babies overnight or at least 4-5 hours. If you don’t have popsicle molds, paper cups work well too. Enjoy!
p.s. We can’t wait to see your beautiful mess!
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