Ayla Originals

9th March 2020
Hamish Niven

[vc_row color_scheme="white"][vc_column][vc_column_text]A chance meeting brought me to meet Michelle Grové from Ayla Originals, and a journey of photographing beautiful handcrafted leather bags and accessories began.

There is always something extraordinary about being around at the birth of an idea; as it becomes a reality. I saw the individuality and passion in the Ayla Originals and was drawn to working with Michelle.

Together we photographed the first product she ever created.

The clock was soon turned off; that day was not about just getting the results. We spent several hours looking at the detail; the way the lighting would show off the stitching and using light and shadow to display The Ayla logo. We created conventional product images as well as images that would be only for social media.

I showed her how to see images from the buyer’s eye as well as from the unforgiving lens.

Some of the first Ayla Original product photographs[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2565" img_size="medium"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2566" img_size="medium" alignment="center"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2567" img_size="medium" alignment="right"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2594" img_size="medium" alignment="center"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2584" img_size="medium" alignment="center"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2581" img_size="medium" alignment="center"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2582" img_size="medium" alignment="center"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2596" img_size="medium" alignment="center"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]I was able to help and advise when it came to what images were needed for social media and what would be more suitable for websites, and we embarked on more shoots. Several more studio shoots were done over the oncoming months, and we took the bags and belts for a road trip to capture lifestyle images.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="2548" img_size="medium" alignment="right"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="2549" img_size="medium" alignment="center"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="2558" alignment="right"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

A unique range of beautiful products

A discussion about adding something to create a unique range of bags lead to a lunch meeting in Philadelphia followed by a visit to a shop that sold fossils, semi-precious stones and shiny things. These caught her creative eye, and concepts and ideas were discussed all on the return to the studio.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2577" img_size="medium" alignment="right"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2580" img_size="medium" alignment="right"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2578" img_size="medium" alignment="right"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="2579" img_size="medium" alignment="right"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4"][vc_column_text]It is much easier to photograph beautiful things. It is much easier to photograph something made with love. Something where the artist has put so much of themselves into their work.

Working with Ayla Originals has been a joy. It has given me a chance to photograph someone’s passion and love they put into their craft.

I am a proud owner of a handcrafted Ayla Original belt, maybe she will let me model it for her!

To see more examples of her work, to see the process she’s documented about working the leather, about why she uses certain parts and how she uses them, click through to her Instagram feed. ayla_originals or find her on Facebook - Ayla.Originals[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Here is a link to some [ps2id url='https://www.hamishniven.com/about-me/#testimonials' offset='' class='']testimonials[/ps2id], including one by Michelle from Ayla Originals.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4"][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="2569" img_size="medium"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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