By Helen Wallace / 7 of December 2020
Some of the best things about summer are spending time with friends and family and spending time outdoors. A picnic lets you do both! Not only do alfresco get-togethers make for good times, but they also make for *gorgeous* shots for the ‘Gram. Here’s how to create a picnic spread as pretty as a picture.
What You’ll Need
In order to have the perfect picnic experience, you need to be prepared. Here are some of the things to bring on the day.
- Food: Look for snacks that have a cohesive colour palette, are easy to transport and, of course, tasty to eat!
- Drinks: Bring along some refreshing Shine Club Wine, and some water infused with fruit and herbs.
- Cutlery and crockery: You’re going to need things to eat and drink with, so pack in some plates, bowls, boards, utensils and napkins. Bonus points if they match your colour scheme!
- Soft furnishings: What would a picnic be without a soft, cosy blanket to sit on? Bring one that goes with your chosen aesthetic, as well as some pretty cushions for extra comfort.
- Gear: For you to take great snapshots, you’ll need the right tools. Pack in your camera and fully-charged phone, as well as a power bank. You know, for just in case!
Setting the Scene
Choosing a picturesque backdrop for your picnic spread will help make your pictures pop. Here’s what to keep in mind when picking your perfect spot.
- Consider your colour scheme: Choose an area that isn’t so colourful it will overshadow the subject matter of your pics – the people and the wine!
- Is there sufficient light? If the area is too dark (or, TBH, too bright) it will make it more difficult to capture images with good contrast.
- Bring a tripod. You can elevate your phone, and your shots, by setting one up. It can then be easily adjusted until you find the right spot to shoot.
Now that the scene is set, it’s time to capture the moment. Here are some tips for channelling your inner photographer and taking ‘Gram-worthy shots.
- Shoot from above. Flatlays are a great way to showcase your picnic spread and are super popular on social media, too. Stand above your layout and shoot downwards, adjusting yourself to avoid unwanted shadows.
- Make sure the lighting is right. If there is too much glare, your subjects will look washed out. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times for natural light and will give you that golden-hour glow.
- Set a timer. Because being a photographer is great, but you want your memories to feature you! Setting a timer gives you enough time to grab your girls and your wine and strike a pose.
Life isn’t always perfect. But thanks to filters and presets, your pictures can be! Choose one on Instagram that captures the vibe of your picnic (we love Lark and Juno) or use an app like VSCO or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to fine-tune your snaps before posting. Once they are live, sit back with some wine in hand and enjoy watching the likes roll in!