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How to take a good Instagram pic

11th November, 2018

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These days taking a really beautiful photo can be as simple as snapping a pic on an iPhone. I feel Instagram is about beautiful images. The kind that you’d want to put in a photo album or frame. I’m not so big on treating Instagram as a diary but more as a way to collect images that inspire me. I love fashion, I love travel and I love my family, so most of the time my subject matter will be made up of those types of images. You’ll find me capturing images on my phone all the time and this has allowed me to pick up a few tips along the way. I am definitely not an expert photographer but these are some things I’ve learned about snapping an Insta pic that gets likes.

Lighting is everything

Whether it’s a professional photo shoot or a selfie, lighting is key to getting a good shot. If you’re taking a selfie always face a window to get the most flattering light. This is why car selfies always turn out so great.

Take more than one shot

Don’t be shy about taking multiple shots. The odds are you’re going to get a shot that you’ll love. And it’s so easy to do it via your phone now that there’s no excuse not to capture jut the perfect image.

Use the grid function on your phone

Using the grid lines on your phone can help you line up a shot. Often you’ll get a more interesting image by not having everything perfectly in the middle but slightly off centre.

Try different angles 

The flatlay shot has become really popular (a pic taken straight from above) and it just goes to show that different angles can really change the way a shot turns out. Don’t be afraid to take multiple shots from different angles as it’s the best way to ensure that you capture an image from just the right vantage point.

Don’t go too crazy with filters

I love a good filter as much as the next person but sometimes it can take away from the image and make it look too artificial. If you get your lighting and composition right, your photo should be ready to upload to Instagram without any extra help.

What are your best Instagram tips?

Fashion, Lifestyle

How to take a flattering Instagram pic

17th September, 2018

We spend an inordinate amount of time posting and scrolling through Instagram so if there’s a skill worth mastering it’s how to take a flattering Insta photo. Curating and sharing pics on my account is one major aspect of my job so over the years I’ve learnt a thing or two about how to share pics that I know I’ll be happy to look back over. Here they are…

Have good lighting

Every single photographer I’ve ever worked with has always emphasised the importance of good lighting for capturing a great image. Lighting is everything. Soft, natural light is always going to do you favours in the photo department. That’s why car selfies are so popular—the diffused light you get in a car is gold. Aim to take your pics early in the morning or later in the afternoon as midday light can be incredibly harsh and unflattering. Also avoid snapping a pic under fluorescent lighting as I guarantee it will not end well. Just think of the less than kind lighting in most department store change rooms and that’s what you’ll be working with.

Use a filter 

If I want to take an Instagram video but I feel I’m looking tired or my makeup just isn’t behaving then I’ll just use a filter. Cute face filters (animal faces are my fave) or shooting video in black and white is always a great way to cover up anything problematic.

Move around

Whenever I do street style shoots for the blog I’ll always try and move around to give myself the best chance of capturing a flattering image. I do this by walking away or towards the camera as well as  turning my body at different angles. I’ve found this also helps keep the image looking more natural as opposed to if I’m just sitting or standing still. Finding my most flattering poses has only come from trial and error during photo shoots over the years. So if in doubt, try snapping a few different angles of yourself to find your best side.

Use props

If you’re a little unsure of what to do with your hands in a pic then enlist the help of a prop. A clutch, a coffee cup, a pair of sunglasses are all things that look good in a photo and keep your hands occupied to avoid those ‘Where on earth do my hands go?’ dilemmas.

Don’t look directly into the camera

Look slightly above the camera or below but not straight on. This actually results in a more flattering gaze and expression.

Remember your posture

Stand up straight! Having good posture in a photo will naturally elongate your body resulting in a more flattering shot. Sitting or standing with your shoulders hunched will only make you look shorter and won’t do your shape any favours.

Plan your background

Always, always consider where you’re taking your pic. I’m a fan of anything with texture and character. This is why I generally always take my street style pics in places such as a cool side street, in nature amongst leafy trees or colourful flowers or something light and airy like the beach. Also, vibrant colours are alway a plus in any Insta pic as they’re so eye-catching.

Fashion

Behind the scenes on The Australian Women’s Weekly photoshoot

12th September, 2018

It’s always really lovely having the opportunity to do photo shoots with my family, especially when Mum the girls are involved. We recently did a shoot with The Australian Women’s Weekly which took place at our family farm in regional NSW. It was still winter during the shoot but we were lucky enough to have gorgeous weather for it and the country backdrop worked perfectly with the beautiful earthy colours which were the theme throughout the story. It’s also great to be based at home when doing something like this as the girls were able to run around and play, however they were still plenty curious about what was going on, with Sophia even helping out the crew! Check out a few behind the scenes snaps from the day below and if you want to check out the finished product the issue is on newsstands now.

Three generations in one photo

One of the great shots with Sophia and Grace

Mum getting her hair and makeup done

Grace was happy to get involved with everything

On set with The Weekly’s fashion editor, Mattie Cronin

Had to get a snap of this incredible dress

Sophia and I in our winter florals

Rugged up and getting ready to shoot

Sophia became the youngest member of the crew

In between takes

Loving this complementary mother/daughter colour palette

Selfie time in this heavenly yellow velvet number

Fashion

How to take a good flat lay pic

12th March, 2018

Kate Waterhouse how to shoot a great flatlay pic image

The quality of the imagery you use on social media is paramount and is often one of the deciding factors when people decide whether to follow or just scroll on past. A good outfit post is always interesting but I also love nothing more than a great flat lay pic. I’m a big fan of using them on Instagram and I know they’re a mainstay of many bloggers and fashion brands’ accounts. So what’s the key to shooting a great flat lay pic? I’ve enlisted the help of Sophia Athas who has photographed several of my What I Wore posts, shot me at Fashion Week and also worked with me on several of my own flat lay images to share her top tips for taking a photo that will have people double tapping!

The elements of a good flat lay pic
Light

The biggest thing to consider before shooting a flat lay is light! It’s all about getting a really soft natural light (preferably in the middle of the day or morning). Direct sunlight is often too harsh, and artificial lighting can make the whole photograph yellow and seem really unnatural.

Backdrop

It always helps to have a really simple backdrop for the products. I usually use a white art board that I lug around with me, or some simple floor boards or marble bench tops can work nicely too. The simpler the background is the more product you can include without making it too busy and messy.

Composition

Composition is everything, and often less is more! Don’t feel like you always need to fill the entire frame with product, because empty space can work really well, particularly when you want a certain product to pop out! If you have a hero product that needs the most attention, lay this down first and then continue to place bits and pieces around it so as not to distract from the main purpose of the shot!

Kate Waterhouse how to shoot a great flatlay pic with Givenchy bag and cosmetics

How to get the lighting right
Find the nearest window

Use a bench top or floor space right next to a window but try to avoid direct sunlight. Shooting with the light coming in from the back is always the best. It gives a really nice effect on the products.

Play with the aperture setting

If you are using an SLR, play around with the aperture setting—this will determine how much light is let into the shot, and at times when it seems dark in reality, the camera will do its job of lighting the frame up!

How to edit shots
Say no to filters

For me, filters are a definite no. I think keeping it as natural as possible always looks the nicest—creating clean lines with the product without washing it out or changing the frame too much.

Get familiar with Photoshop

I like to play around with the shots in Photoshop once they are uploaded. Rather than adding in filters I often change the backgrounds (sometimes adding in a light pastel colour or even shapes). It can also be fun to add in text where needed, or if there is empty space that needs filling, duplicating products and placing them down again work well too.

The big no-nos
Overcrowding the shot

The best flat lays and product shots are always the cleanest, with everything perfectly placed and consistently spaced apart. If you are uploading the photo to Instagram, ensure you’re thinking about the entire square, so that cropping isn’t an issue once you have uploaded it and to avoid an awkward border on either side of the frame!

Oversaturation

Never over saturate your photos, the less colour in the frame is often better.

The editing tools to use
Afterlight

If I have taken it straight on my iPhone I use Afterlight to edit the photo. I use the sharpening tool which  sharpens all objects and makes the photo appear to be of a higher quality than it actually was taken. Afterlight is also really useful to lighten the image, playing with the brightness as well as contrast. It’s a fine line between using apps to edit and editing too much, as you want to avoid that over saturated and over edited look.

Photoshop

If I have taken the photo with my Canon, I use Photoshop to edit the brightness and even rub out certain products or as I said earlier, place more into the frame.

Finding your own style
Experiment with your shots

Practice, practice, practice! Only after experimenting with certain light, apps, backgrounds and even different objects have I really become confident in flat lays.

Play with adding props or other design touches

It’s really important that you develop your own style rather than trying to copy someone else, particularly as flat lays have become so common. It’s nice to see one that has a unique touch, so don’t be afraid to play around with things—even if its using flowers, the use of text, or even different angles!

 

Check out Sophia’s website at hatrik.com or follow her on Instagram at @hatrikkk

    Photography: Sophia Athas

     

    Fashion, Lifestyle

    Behind the scenes: Marie Claire and Georg Jensen’s OCRF campaign

    25th September, 2017

     

    When Marie Claire asked me to get involved with their campaign with Georg Jensen and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) to raise awareness about ovarian cancer I knew immediately that I wanted to take part. It’s a cause that’s close to my heart as I have had family friends affected by ovarian cancer and I know the devastating effect it has on not only the person with the illness but also their families.

    Now that I am a mother of two little girls it’s made me even more aware of this terrible disease and how it affects far too many women in this country and around the world. The shocking statistics surrounding ovarian cancer—such as the fact 1500 Australian women are diagnosed with the disease every year— made me want to do what I could to help build awareness and in turn hopefully raise some much needed funds for OCRF’s crucial research.

    Hair: Kieren Street Makeup: Nadine Monley

    As part of the campaign Marie Claire shot myself with Sophia and Grace. I always love when they can join me on set as it makes the experience even more special. Both girls were really excited and a little curious about what was going on on the day and I’m sure they had as much fun as I did shooting together. It’s always nice to be able to work with people in the industry that I’ve worked with in the past and this time around it was with the photographer Hugh Stewart. Hugh shot my first magazine photoshoot with Sophia back in 2014 and it’s amazing to think how much Sophia has grown since then!

    It was great to be given the opportunity to get behind this cause in such a major way and also to be part of the incredible line-up of women such as Rachael Finch, Alice McCall and Jessica Rowe who were also shot with their daughters for this campaign. I hope that we’ve all been able to raise the profile of ovarian cancer in this country and to help OCRF reach their target to develop an early detection test and ultimately a cure.

    See below for behind the scenes on the shoot…

    Getting ready for the shoot with Grace and Sophia

    Sophia getting to play with some of the makeup on set

    Sophia and I trying to get the perfect mirror selfie

    With my little angel Grace

    Getting into position on set

    Squeezing in a few cuddles with the girls in between takes

    Getting snapped for the magazine and prepping for our video interview

    Lifestyle

    The key to taking good family photos on your phone

    23rd March, 2017

    One of the great things about having a smartphone these days is that you’re able to capture good quality photos on the go. Having a young family means I am always snapping pics on my phone so I’ve learnt through trial and error the best ways to capture moments with Luke and the girls. I have an iPhone 7 and find that when I use it in Portrait mode it produces a really nice DSLR-esque result. It’s also foolproof as there’s a guide which tells me if I need more light in the shot and also gives me a live preview of the depth of the shot so I know the best distance in which to take a picture. Whilst my phone provides great step by step guidance here are some things I always do when it comes to taking each photo…

    • Choose a colourful background. I find the more vibrant the background the better the image as it gives it a great sense of energy.
    • Shoot where there’s lots of light. I’ll try to find a location that’s light filled as it produces a crisper, sharper image.
    • When I’m taking photos of the girls I mix it up and love capturing close up images where they’re looking to camera but I also really like candid shots of them playing and interacting with the world around them. I’ll also experiment with different angles. For example sometimes shooting from above and looking down to take the picture may make a better shot than shooting straight on.
    • I tend to refrain from editing my photos too much but it’s sometimes necessary just to adjust lighting or colouring. There are plenty of apps to choose available but some of the more popular apps include Enlight and VSCO which allows you to enhance and tweak images on your phone. If you do edit your pics just remember that less is more.

    What’s are some of your tips for taking great family photos?


    Fashion, What I Wore

    What I Wore: Gold Rush

    24th January, 2017

    Rich, luxe fabrics are always so glamorous and the above metallic pants by Carla Zampatti are certainly on another level. I think when paired with a more subdued top a somewhat dramatic piece can be tempered and become slightly more wearable for everyday wear. I think the key is just to keep everything in a similar colour family to provide a common thread to tie the whole look together. Even Sophia was able to dress in a similar theme wearing a singlet as a rather adorable makeshift dress!

    Credits: Custom made Twiggy top, (03) 9429 3412; Pants, Carla Zampatti; Jewellery, Christie Nicolaidis; Flats, Pretty Ballerinas; Sophia wears Mes Demoiselles Paris singlet; Ballet flats, Cotton On

    Photography: Julie Adams, Grace magazine.

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    What I Wore: Bold prints

    9th January, 2017

    It’s fun being on shoots because it allows me to push the boundaries as far as my style goes. This embellished top and pants set that I wore on the Grace magazine shoot was exotic in nature with the intricate beading and rich burgundy colour and was quite the departure from my usual go-to outfits. However the combination was beautiful and I definitely enjoyed wearing it for the magazine. Separately, I can imagine each working quite well with the rest of my wardrobe and really making a statement.

     Credits: Top and pants, Sass & Bide; Earrings and ring, Sarina Suriano; Flats, Pretty Ballerinas. Hoda wears Dress, Vilshenko from Parlour X; Bangles, Dinosaur Designs; Earrings, Christie Nicolaides

    Photography: Julie Adams

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    Fashion, What I Wore

    What I Wore: Blush Hour

    5th January, 2017

    This is one of my favourite looks from my shoot for Grace magazine. I think it’s quite understated yet the little details help elevate it and give it a point of difference. The blush pink blouse would make the ideal office staple as it’s quite demure yet effortless at the same time with its relaxed sleeves. A black skirt will always be a wardrobe staple simply because it’s so versatile but I particularly like the ruffle at the front which makes for a sweet finishing touch. A pair of black pumps are a go-to in my closet but the crossover strap detail help to make it a little more modern.

    Credits: Top and skirt, Mad Cortes; Shoes, Christian Louboutin, Earrings and ring, Sarina Suriano. Sophia and Rose wear top and skirt, Seed; (on Sophia) Ballet Flats, Cotton On. Grace wears lace Romper, Target; Shoes, Pretty Ballerinas

    Photography: Julie Adams

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    Fashion, What I Wore

    What I Wore: Rainbow Bright

    3rd January, 2017

    It’s party season so there’s no better time to embrace bold metallics. Appearing on the cover of Grace magazine with my family was all about feeling and looking festive and what better look than vibrant hues of gold, red and green. I loved the kaleidoscope effect of the Dodo Or dress I was able to wear on the shoot – I felt it was quite dramatic with the array of colours but the shift dress silhouette kept it somewhat classic the same time. I think every girl needs at least one statement-making party dress that can elevate her look for party season. Whilst I wore something quite colourful alternatively you could go for one bold shade. My sister-in-law Hoda wore a beautiful Michael Lo Sordo dress in a rich plisse fabric which I could see turning heads at any event. Even Sophia and my niece Rose got into the metallic trend with their adorable Boden dresses.

    Credits: Dress, Dodo Bar Or from Mode Sportif; Earrings, Christie Nicolaides; Necklace, Sarina Suriano; Hoda wears dress, Michael Lo Sordo; Necklace, Christie Nicolaides; Rose and Sophia wear dresses, Boden; Ballet flats, Cotton On (Sophia); Shoes, Boden (Rose)

    Photography: Julie Adams