Lisa Fotios Photography

Honey Studio Product Photography

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing more stationery for the lovely owner of The Honey Studio. She has just created a new range of products specifically for children and asked if I could take some new pictures for her website.

Photographing products in the comfort of my own studio is definitely one of my favourite parts of my job as I get the freedom to style and be as creative as I like and I also find it quite relaxing!

I had a lot of fun with these and here are the results.

I really enjoyed photographing these cute designs and if you have something similar that you’d like to showcase on your website and social media, please feel free to get in touch for a quote.

 

Stock Photography – Keeping It Simple

Todays blog is all about stock photography and a few tips on how to create the perfect image.


I’ve been a member of the free stock photography site Pexels for over a year now and I absolutely love coming up with new ideas and scenes to create the ideal images.

This week my theme has been ” Keeping it Simple ” and for me that means the less clutter, the better!

White backgrounds are really in at the moment and there are a lot of searches for images with a minimalistic style. The white space gives designers and bloggers enough room to add some text.

So find yourself a white wall and some plants and start experimenting! Not much editing is required either as all you need to do is adjust the highlights and shadows.

3 certainly isn’t a crowd when it comes to minimalism! It fills up the empty space on the sides and is also pleasing to the eye! You don’t even need 3 identical plants, the original image was the first plant on the left and I just duplicated it twice and changed the colours. So, if you have a basic knowledge of photoshop this is really easy to recreate.

If you go an any stock website, I guarantee there will be a lot of searches for laptops and working spaces.

Again, I wanted little clutter as possible because when there’s too much going on in the background people tend to just scroll on past.

So if you’re thinking of taking a picture of your working space to show off to people on your blog, Instagram or for stock purposes just make sure to declutter, because less is definitely more! <3

Everybody loves a good flatlay image! They’re trendy, look pretty and are easy to create. But sometimes people throw way too much on their bed, carpet or table and then just snap.

For me it has to be planned, even down to putting the fruit in a bowl… it has to be neat and look nice.

Just make sure to lay everything out neatly and try different positions until you are happy.

There’s nothing worse than seeing a flatlay image that looks rushed and thrown together.

Try shooting from different angles, you’d be suprised how different an image can look! Not everything has to be straight and perfect, you can also get more into your frame.

Entrepeneurs and business people love coffee and can relate to working with laptops or computers.

So what better way to sum up our lifestyle in this one picture! It’s simple but effective.

I don’t get paid for my stock photography as I give the images away to Pexels for free, for me it’s not about money I just want to be able to help others find high quality images without the high price tag. And once a month I do a reverse search on Google to see where my images have been used and it just brings a smile to my face.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and if you have any questions please send me an email: lisa@indever.co.uk

 

Yugen Coffee House

A few months ago we ( Indever ) were contacted by Sono and Gavin who were looking for help to create a website for their new Coffee shop in Bangor.

They also wanted professional photos to help bring their brand to life and to give people a real look at what they had to offer. I love food photography so I couldn’t wait to get started….

Here are just a few of my favourite shots from the photography shoot.

They have a variety of items on offer and they’re all healthy and tasty!

They’re also the only coffee shop in North Wales who use Allpress speciality coffee beans, which come from all around the globe.

As well as serving coffee, they also have specialty loose leaf teas from round the globe to allow you to unwind and relax, me and John tried some and it’s absoloutly gorgeous <3

Gavin, the cofounder of Yugen Coffee House has always been passionate about coffee for as long as he can remember.

And until now had been making coffee as a hobby and had no intentions of opening up his own coffee house. But after months of hard work their vision finally came to life at the opening ceremony on Sunday.

We were honoured to be invited to celebrate this special moment and we also bumped into Judith Bond from Judith Bond Cakes, who supplied the cupcakes for the event.

It was a very successful opening and we highly recommend you pay them a visit if you are ever in Bangor.

For more information on where to find them and what’s on the menu then why not visit their website: www.yugencoffeehouse.com

 

Sychnant Pass Photography

Saturday came around quick, once again! And as always it was time to decide what to do. After working hard in the office all week, it’s nice to have a change of atmosphere and do a bit of exploring, so we decided to head over to Conwy and take it from there.

Before even considering going for a walk me and Mr. Fotios always have to stop off somewhere for a coffee first! As you can see I didn’t get a picture of our coffees, so here are some coffee beans that I recently purchased instead! 😛

Once we finished our drinks we hopped back in the car and did some driving, until eventually we came across Sychnant Pass.

I’d all but forgotten about the area as it’d been so long since I had been there but the memories soon came flooding back of the many trips up there as a child with my Dad.

Sometimes you forget that you don’t have to travel very far to get amazing views and outstanding natural beauty!

It had been a while since I’d been out to take pictures, and after a while I start to get itchy feet and need to be out in nature.

Luckily the hubby doesn’t mind taking us whereever for me to fill my photography needs and he’s also a very good model! :p

And he also doesn’t mind taking pictures of me when I ask. After many shots and me being fussy I actually liked this one, which makes a change.

As you can see the views are stunning and I’ll definitely be going back in the spring so I can explore more!

If you’d like any of the pictures as a print ( except for me and John, of course! ) then please get in touch lisa@indever.co.uk 

 

Feeling Fruity

There are some weekends where even if I try to relax, I can’t and even when it’s cold outside and pouring down with rain I can’t help but want to take pictures.

The solution for not wanting a wet & damaged camera? Indoor photography!! Although, it can be difficult to find things to photograph.

But then I remembered that I had some tasty fruit in the fridge, so I decided to experiment. I’d recently brought one of my photography lamps home from the office and this was perfect for setting the ideal lighting as my flat can be quite dark.

When it comes to photographing anything up close I always use my 35mm prime lens and macro alternative screw on closeup lenses.

Personally I find the screw on lenses just as good as a macro lens and you can buy them on Ebay or Amazon for under £10…. ideal for the photographer on a budget!

You don’t need to buy the most expensive equipment and all of the fancy lenses, it’s what you do with the tools and budget you have that counts.

To get the shiny/glistening effect I sprayed the fruit with water and made sure the lamp caught the shine, which adds an extra dimension the picture.

The blueberries were definitely my favourite fruit to shoot! I love the dark purple and blue tones, they tasted good too! 😀

Something as simple as adding blueberries to a glass of water can make for an interesting image! <3

I always try to learn new techniques and try different photographic genres instead of just staying in my comfort zone with commercial and landscapes.

I really enjoyed styling and taking these shots and it goes to show that you can find inspiration anywhere!! So if you ever feel the itch to take pictures but can’t go out because of bad weather, have a rummage around your kitchen and get snapping!

If you enjoyed this blog please let me know and share on social media.

North Wales Sunsets

For me there is no better time to take a picture than in the evening, North Wales is stunning already! But, when you capture the sun going down on top of a mountain or on one of our many beaches the views are breath-taking.

I’ve taken many pictures of sunsets over time but, here are just a few that I have taken as recently as yesterday evening.

West Shore Beach, Llandudno, Nikon D5500, 35mm Prime Lens

Silhouettes, West Shore Beach, Llandudno, Nikon D5500, 35mm Prime Lens

Sheep On Top Of Deganwy Mountain, Nikon D5500, 18-140mm Lens

Looking towards LLandudno, Nikon D5500, 18-140mm Lens

More Sheep, Deganwy Mountain, Nikon D5500, 18-140mm Lens

Purple Skies, Deganwy Mountain, Nikon D5500, 18-140mm Lens

The Gate, Deganwy Mountain, Nikon D5500, 18-140mm Lens

One Of My Favourites, Eglwysbach, Nikon D5500, 18-140mm Lens

Morfa Beach, Conwy, Nikon D5500, 18-140mm Lens

Rhos – On – Sea, Nikon D5500, 18-140mm Lens

I hope you enjoyed viewing these images as much as I enjoyed taking them! 🙂

Please do not use any images on this post or my site without my permission!! If you would like to purchase any of these images then please email me