Behind the scenes shooting Leah Bartholomew’s new collection

August 14th, 2016 | By Carlene ...


Ever wondered about what goes behind those calm and prettily styled shots you see in magazines, Pinterest and Instagram?






I was fortunate recently to style, fellow Gold Coaster, Leah Bartholomew’s, new art collection. I have long been a fan of Leah’s work (I introduced you to Leah’s bold and beautiful, native flora-inspired work here), so I was all in to help create the perfect scenes for what I knew would be a killer new series of work.



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Leah knew from the get go that she wanted to shoot in the Kira & Kira showroom (on the Gold Coast) for access to their beautiful and very complementary furniture and homewares. Negotiating our way around all that beautiful product to create enough space for the shots was tricky and photographer, Nat McComas, had to work her magic to pick up as much light as possible with the challenges of west facing building, low ceilings, and shadows galore but the proof is in the pudding, she delivered the goods.  It helped that Leah had complete faith in Nat and I to get the shot and was completely relaxed about the whole process.





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Massive shout out to my first hand woman, Madeline who whilst gaining some work experience with me, also did a fabo job of contorting herself into some not so comfortable positions to hold props in place for the shot. Thanks Maddie.


We had 9 hours in which to get 7 shots. I know it sounds like an excessive amount of time but it’s so not. There is so much that goes into achieving those perfect styled shots that to the viewer should look like a completely natural, unstyled scene. We had to work with some urgency because I knew we would lose light at 5pm so my motto for the day was, “don’t split hairs,” I know myself well enough to know that I could compulsively add, delete, and move around props all day in a trance-like state. Anyone would think I’m performing brain surgery.


The creative agony is so rewarding when you see the final shot and it works.  And ta da… they are…….




Spring Carol Myrtle



Cunjevoi Plants



Summer Proteas



Grey Carol Myrtle



Bootlace Bush



Pandanus at Dusk print and Blueberry Ash print



Through the Paperbark Trees



Coastal Banksia print


It was such a fun and rewarding day. I didn’t realise until I got in the car that none of us sat down for 9 hours but the outcome was so worth it. Congratulations Leah for a knockout new collection. You can view and purchase the full series of Leah’s work via Greenhouse Interiors right now.


If you have questions about the suppliers of the product used in the shoot, feel free to query in the comments section.


Carlene xx



  • Greer Ashby

    August 31, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Hello! just love your styling with Leah’s artwork. Just a question on the photo featuring Leah’s ‘Cunjevoi Plants’ that also features Kip & Co’s green & pink tassle throw and their velvet pillowcases , can you tell me where you got the blue quilt cover and pillow cases from? That is the exact colour I’m looking for! Thanksssssss

    • cedarsuede@admin

      September 1, 2016 at 7:36 am

      Hi Greer – Thanks you. They are from Sheets On The Line. It’s a great colour! x

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