Behind the scenes of our Christmas photoshoot

In a year like this one, with all its ups and downs, creating something beautiful and special has added significance. Our Christmas catalogue always means a lot to us and we really enjoy getting into the festive spirit, even if it is a few months in advance! This year in particular, it's wonderful having something to celebrate. So here’s a little behind-the-scenes blog to give you a little insight into our (socially distant) process!

On a sunny Autumnal day, we packed our favourite products and Christmas decorations into a van and drove to Berkshire to a beautiful house owned by a friend.

They had recently refurbished their home with a pretty green and pink colour scheme and have one of our splashbacks installed in their kitchen.

Add some Christmassy wreaths, some gift wrapping, ribbon and voila! The perfect photoshoot location!

MAKE IT FESTIVE!

Getting the perfect shot of each of your products is a challenge, but if you find the right location, with a little patience, creativity and the addition of artfully placed decorations, your products will pop. There's nothing like a piece of holly to make a vintage placemat look glorious. Ambience, elegance and festivity.

IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT MULLED RED WINE

One thing that is needed for a Christmassy photoshoot is mulled wine. However, that glorious deep red wouldn’t work with our colour scheme, so Sophie scoured the internet and found the most delicious recipe for mulled rosé! The rosé and grapefruit were the perfect colour and made our photos look so pretty. Delicious and functional! Check out the recipe in the catalogue so you can have a go at making it yourself. Trust us, it’s divine.

Our splashbacks are made of toughened glass which is notoriously tricky to photograph as the glare and reflection from the lights can ruin the image. But with perseverance and ingenuity we succeeded! It’s all about the angling and using shadows. And a glass of yummy mulled rosé helps.

ALWAYS WORK WITH ANIMALS 

No Christmas photoshoot is complete without a cute dog. And our friends have the cutest, most photogenic spaniel ever. They say that you should never work with children or animals. We disagree – even if it is a little harder to get the perfect image, or they fall alseep at opportune moments, they will always put a smile on your face (and how could we have captured our new dog beds without a dog enjoying it?!) Dogs add fun. Fact.

THE PERFECT FRONT COVER

Like the front door of a home, the front cover of a catalogue needs to be elegant and eye-catching.

Our friends have the most magnificent front door, painted a classy dusty pink, which we decided would be perfect for our front cover. We put up a Christmas wreath (very kindly made for us by the talented Sophie Millington @flowersbysophiemillington), matched the ribbons with the door colour and asked our model to sit still. Have a look at the following photos which give an idea of our set up process!

Many thanks to all the wonderful people who helped us create our Christmas catalogue this year despite all the restrictions and difficulties that have been thrown at us! We hope you enjoy looking through it and find something special to send to that special someone.

Let us know if you give mulled rosé a try!

Atlas & I

xx