Meet the subtle styling of Ramona (better known as @monalogue), and a glimpse into her beautiful, sharp, curious mind.
1. How did you start off on your stylist-photographer journey, and what are you doing now that is of particular/new interest to you?
Monalogue started as something very simple. I didn't have expectations for anything to become of it, I just enjoyed taking photos of my breakfast in nice light. I used my phone. After six months of taking photos and getting to know other instagrammers, I became an Instagram suggested user, and over two weeks my following grew from 10k to 36k. It's been two years since this, and I've maintained my love for taking photos of food and getting to know others who share this interest. I am now running a lifestyle blog, and have invested in professional photography equipment for use on my blog.
I finished my studies at the university of Bristol this spring, and was contacted by a local online food retailer with a job offer. Today I take photos of food and write about local producers for work, whilst pursuing @monalogue on Instagram and Wordpress as a hobby. I'm very happy with this structure.
2. In what contexts do you style-photograph, and are there any words or thoughts you associate with your relationship with what you create and how you photograph it?
My favourite foodstuffs to photograph are baked goods, and my favourite styling props are vintage and rustic items. I feel that using aged cutlery or trays helps to tell a story, which is one of the most important aspects of taking a photograph. I try to incorporate flowers and plants into my photographs when possible. This gives them a homely and peaceful feel, as well as giving the viewer information about the time of year, again helping to tell a story.
3. How did you approach working with PLUMES?
PLUMES has a great balance for photographing. The items themselves are subtle and clean, so they don't detract from the food and props used during styling. The artwork is delicate, the edge of the feather curves beautifully around foods placed in the centre. Ultimately the food compliments the shape of the artwork, and the artwork compliments the shape of the food.
Ramona Jones recently graduated from the University of Bristol. After finishing her studies, she started working as a food photographer and writer for a sustainable shopping service in the South West. Ramona spends her spare time documenting food and travel on her Blog and Instagram, Monalogue.