Yeshen Venema
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Shoot Prep Intro

How to prepare for your shoot - the ultimate guide for small businesses and designer/makers when working with a professional photographer.  By Yeshen Venema featuring examples, quotes, tip and more.

Shoot prep

Using this resource to plan your shoot will help us create better images together. We cover the basics about our studio, what props/surfaces/backgrounds we have and additional tips for specific kinds of products, materials and locations.

We recommend using a planning app like Evernote or Milanote to sketch ideas and moodboard.

If sharing a board or Dropbox folder with us please name it 'YourBrandname-Yeshen' rather than 'Photography' or 'Website' so we can find it ;-)

For your shot list, you can use our free template.

When planning textures and backgrounds check out our current stock, consider ordering your own custom surface or browse Capture By Lucy's range.

Shoot rates start from £600+VAT for full day in our studio without styling and £750+VAT with styling. See: for more.

We welcome feedback on the content, feel free to drop us a line.

Claire Vine. Textile Designer

"The shoot prep guide was incredibly helpful, I liked the fact it's all there laid out in black and white, what I’ll need to do, consider, costings etc. Super helpful!"


Trudi Murray, Artist

I've been emailing blogs and magazines all week, asking for features. Having the bank of photos to draw from is so brilliant. I don't need to think about it - I know they are clear, calm, well composed and attractive. It's been so helpful already.

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All about our studio space in Islington. Covers bookings, timings, access, parking, sizes and more.


How to find and create unique props with colours, tones and textures that complement your products.


The right location property can make all the difference, see our location trips + links.


Our moving image services cover films such as studio-based product, 'about your business' and process/behind the scenes in your studio for clients such as Simple Shape, The Design Trust and BEEM lighting.



Specific guides for shooting textiles, ceramics, wood, glass, paper, lighting, furniture and mixed products.



What we have in the studio, including custom made and examples of what clients have brought along.


We have created boards for 'portfolio' (products we have shot) and 'inspiration' (photos we love).


For wider inter shots, using the right items of furniture is crucial. We ahem listed places (many of which local to our studio) to purchase and loan items for the shoot.

Styling Design Nation


Using mood boards to refine your look
and how to work with our regular stylists



What's the difference? Examples of both and how to approach your own product range.


Download shots grids and a spreadsheet template to help you plan your shoot.


Everything else not covered above like crops, image use, copyright...