Recently there’s been a lot of products coming into the studio where the client has requested white background shots. Here are a few examples taken for Camilla from Camilla Thomas Textiles. These shots are generally used for press use, they can also be used as primary or secondary product shots on websites too. Primary shots can be for sites that are perhaps more fashion orientated, and the secondary shots are ideal if your website has a zoom function as the shots are in sharp focus throughout. For pricin
g and other examples of this type of photography, including other products such as ceramics, check out the white background gallery.
Is it Christmas time already? Well no, but as products are generally prepared for sale well before Christmas Ann from Dragonfly Dichroic contacted me to have her Christmas glass range shot. Luckily I have a large box of Christmas props available all year round!
Recently I acquired a 1940’s period fire surround, that’s now part of the furniture at the studio, which is going to be very useful for a number of shoots. To see more examples of Glassware Photography, please check out the Glassware Gallery.
For the following shot I used a ‘snoot’ to bounce light off the wall, thereby illuminating the glass from behind. This avoids distracting reflections, but more importantly in this case also brings out the colour of the dichroic glass.
This particular client, Katherine Webster, a portrait artist from Oxfordshire has recently launched her own range of greetings cards and mentioned her love of old furniture paint peeling. After a little experimentation with paint, pva glue and a heat gun I came up with what you see in the photograph, which will be the first of many new surfaces.
This alongside vintage books, and rusted objects such as stationery and old tools created the aesthetic she was looking for. The same surface was used in a flatlay shot too.
Other surfaces and backgrounds are shown below…
The studio was finished just after Christmas, and since then I’ve been locating various items of furniture, such as Mid-Century chairs, country style chairs and tables. As the year progresses, I’ll be purchasing more furniture to create various settings. Such simple images work well across a variety of media, and really puts the product centre-stage, and demonstrates how the product could fit into the homes/lives of the consumer.
The first examples of these were produced for Jan and Jill, of Perkins and Morley, and worked particularly well with their extensive range of different product types, including clocks, cushions, and tea towels. Particularly love their Highland cow cushion! I’ve done photographs of lots of different products for them, some of those you can see here.
The Studio itself…
I was pleased to receive more glassware from Ann Maitland, of Dragonfly Dichroic. Ann’s business has been growing steadily over the past couple of years, and she needed some further shots for use in various online marketplaces. Her glassware, is best when illuminated from front and back, because of this I chose to use one of the studio windows. The shots are largely lit by natural light, with a softbox fill-light illuminating the surface.
Glass can be tricky to photograph, in particular when the shape is irregular, as it becomes difficult to find sources of reflections. For this shoot, I blocked the other studio windows completely to eliminate other sources of reflections.
The latest shoot in the studio has been a little bit different, a packshot shoot for Huib and Josephine, a couple who run their own perfumery producing a very exclusive collection of products. Their packaging was beautifully made and they wanted that to be reflected within the photography itself, it was necessary to take multiple images of each product, with different lighting angles, and then merge the shots in post production to truly bring out the gold and silver of the packaging.
I love nothing more than working with found natural materials, such as sand, pebbles, and driftwood collected from local beaches. Pine cones and similar objects have been sourced from local woods and forests. ‘Organic shoots’ as I’m starting to think of them are shoots that I will be expanding upon in the future. Its a case of finding some time to get out there to find some more materials.
Images Above. Client : New Leaf Cards
Images Above. Client : Sun Pennies
A shoot for Seedlings Cards & Gifts. Seedlings cards are handprinted on high quality textured card, showing off the material so that the consumer can see it is really important in product photography, because it’s the only way of visually communicating them. These greetings cards and calendars are quite unique as they come with seeds for you to plant, along with advent calendars and the like.
This image was taken as a sample to show the client a different way of displaying and photographing her cards, she was very pleased with the results and ordered a full shoot for her portfolio, Facebook and website. Many of the props for this are found objects, from the local woods, beaches etc. Other props include vintage books and weathered old boards. Introductory shoots are a great way to check out the service without committing to a full shoot, all the details about them can be found here.
For more of her beautiful nature inspired artwork, and her cards and other products see her website at www.newleafcards.co.uk
Greetings cards are something I photograph on a regular basis, having worked with many members of the Ladder Club, see here for more examples.
Further images produced in subsequent shoots for Karen include…