Meet O&S stylist & photographer Erica Zuccula

Hiiiii I'm Erica.
Part time Stylist and Photographer for Onyx and Smoke. You may have seen some of my images on the O & S website and social media. I was recently asked by the lovely Emma to contribute a little about my style, what I do, and how I work together with them. 
When Emma first approached me some time ago to see if I'd be interested in shooting their cushions and wares I jumped at the chance. I'm trained as an Intensive Care Nurse but have a passion for photographic styling. Shooting for media is a sideline gig, a creative outlet that has developed over the last few years. I've always been drawn to beautiful interiors and architecture and developed a love of photography as a means to capture in time inspiring elements of design. 
In the past I spent some time creating fibre and woven wall hangings and then photographing the final products for my own social pages. But as time went on I realised that I loved more than anything photographing my artwork in a complete styled setting. I enjoyed seeing pieces in the room working together cohesively in harmony.
This was the beginning of my love of photography and styling combined. Seeing a shot come together behind the lens, with objects and furniture chosen and placed with purpose to create a polished style became something bigger than I expected. 
Photographic styling is what I love to do. Making an image appear balanced, creating impact using depth and framing are all aspects that need to be considered. Great lighting is essential of course and having amazing props is key! This is why I love working with O & S products. 
A variety of linen, velvet and leather cushions, pouffes and ottomans add a touch of elegance, colour and texture to my images and I use them a lot to create warmth and accentuate mood in an image.
 
Custom cushions are a relatively affordable means to inject colour pop, contrast and eye catching detail to a space. O & S wares are super high quality. Luxe fabrics, piping details, custom buttons and feather inserts step up the notch in the quality belt. They are beautifully well made, making them a worthwhile investment that will stand the test of time. 
 
My absolute fave go to colours being Army Green and Copper in velvet. It's amazing what a pop of velvet can do!! Fawn in faux leather is also a winner for a more relaxed casual look.     

I'd describe my personal interior style as contemporary, minimal with a touch of texture. I love using different finishes in my furniture and home. Concrete rendered walls, raw timbers, lots of greenery to keep things fresh and muted colour tones make an appearance. We have a lot of white walls so I include warming details to tone down the starkness. 
O & S cushions are such a wonderful addition to create a welcoming interior. I have many of my own Onyx and Smoke pieces and love how versatile they are, many of them can be used indoors and outdoors.
      
They have a wide and extensive range of quality fabrics, styles and colours available meaning the right piece for your interior is available to seamlessly complete your interior space.
Emma has a wealth of knowledge, is passionate about her products and is more than willing to custom design for her clients to ensure the idea and vision meets reality. 
When I work with the pieces I'm supplied I shoot them in a way which keeps them the main focus in an image. The photograph angle, the background interior and surrounding style should compliment but not over power the feature star of the show; the cushions ottoman or pouffes. Whether contrasting for interest or complimenting an interior, the cushions remain the hero of my photographs. 
Close ups shots and room shots are equally important for the customer to grasp an understanding of the detail, quality and texture of the wares as well as provide inspiration for clients to visualise a piece in their home using their unique personal style. 
Hopefully I have accomplished this and translated the beauty, range and quality of O & S wares.
Supporting and working with Emma and Leah has been a great partnership for both of us, supporting Perth local business is just the added bonus!
Erica x