You have such a beautiful & distinct styling aesthetic, when we see a space you’ve styled we can instantly tell it’s a KA. If we were to describe your style, we use words like authentic, lived in & effortless feminine edge. How has your style progressed over time? Can you feel it moving in a certain direction?
I think a big part of it is what I feel naturally drawn too. Over the last year my style has become more feminine however I always like to add an element of edge so it’s not too soft. What I’ve been inspired by and the direction I want to take is now changing.. so who knows how it will evolve from here!
Our hearts are bursting with so much pride for our beautiful collaboration, what is it about blooming flowers that you feel makes such a lovely addition to a home?
What’s not to love! They instantly make a space feel like home. You can also change up the look & feel of your home just with the flowers you use. If you’re feeling romantic roses & peonies will help soften your space. If you’re wanting a touch of luxury display orchids.
I know this next question is probably on par with the unanswerable “who’s your favourite child” question haha, but which is your favourite print out of our collaboration & why?
That’s a tough one! I have two favourites! I love Enchanted for its element of mystery. It’s also an A1 size so it looks so striking just that little bit larger. I also love Wildflower for its energy of the petals falling in mid air combined with the edginess of the X.
We just adore how you styled our collaboration prints, so many people think you always need to actually hang prints but you showed in our campaign that you don’t always have to, what is it that you love about leaning prints against a wall or on a hallway table, what is your opinion on leaning vs hanging? Or is the perfect combination a bit of both?
I do love a good leaning artwork! It’s a great option if your renting and don’t want to put holes in the wall. It’s also a versatile, so you can move the artwork around and try different areas of the home depending on how you feel. Your not bound to 1 fix position like on the wall. The options then become endless, its fun to play around with it too.
Tell us a bit about shoot day? Ben & yourself were in Sydney & shot the collaboration photos, did you go in with set ideas?
There was a mix of a few planned ideas and improvising. Its fun to experiment, I don’t like to be too rigid and methodical with planning, its takes the fun out of it and it doesn’t allow the magic to shine through. We had some concepts to work with so they were the starting point and then we just had fun on the day. Some ideas were an epic hilarious fail and others were an unexpected surprise.
What did you love most about the collaboration process?
It was exciting to work with like minded creatives sharing a vision and working together to make it come to life. When Ben & I first discussed the concept we were bouncing off the walls with ideas. It was loads of fun to get to work and make them happen.
We love discovering new Instagramers, what are some of your favourite accounts that you always find yourself going back to?
My friend Tanika @thereedsmith is an incredible macramé weaver. I styled her home a year ago for a story in Real Living magazine back when it was all while walls and how her style has evolved since then has been such a beautiful journey to watch. I also follow art galleries such as @saint_cloche as they give you access to artists that you might not usually come across and new sources of inspiration.
Your career in the styling world gained incredible momentum very quickly, how did your career as a stylist begin and what advice do you have for aspiring stylists?
I started out assisting Sarah Ellison the Senior Stylist at Real Living magazine on her shoots. Every shoot I learnt something new & tried to absorb as much knowledge & experience as I could. Sarah is a total pro & a very creative stylist, so I knew I was very lucky to be her assistant & made the most of the opportunity. From there the same editorial team were starting a new magazine called Homes+. I did a test house shoot for the sampler magazine & they liked my work. Since then it’s snowballed to styling for other magazines, product campaigns and advertising. I guess my advice to anyone who wants to be a photographic stylist, is to assist on shoots. It’s more than likely unpaid, long hours, unglamorously unpacking & packing boxes of products, but its loads of fun and you will learn alot about the job of a photographic stylist.
What do you love most about being a stylist?
So much, I feel so fortunate to do a job that I absolutely love. I enjoy creating the concept for the shoot and designing the set, then on the shoot day bringing that creative vision to life with all the styling elements I’ve called in from the amazing suppliers. The collaboration with the photographer is also a big part of the job I enjoy. It’s nice to work with someone who genuinely loves what they do too and you’re both aiming for a beautiful result.
Do you think styling is learnt, instinctual or a combination of both?
Both! You have to learn the logistics through experience but creativity, that’s instinctual.