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Doris the Mannequin

This shoot, completed for Helen Russell Creations shows a couple of different ways how textiles can be shot in the studio. The studio itself provides a lifestyle interior, which can be used to provide a very simple, clean and elegant backdrop, adding in various items of furniture, and a minimal number of props. Helen delivered all her products personally, including a mannequin for shooting her aprons. I was informed later that the mannequin was actually called Doris! For more examples please see this Gallery.

The studio has an old fashioned book shop just over the road, the type that looks like its been there 100 years, with books piled from floor to ceiling. I picked up a few vintage books for this shoot, as Helen had mentioned books and storytelling were one of her work’s inspirations.

New Studio Surfaces

I’m currently in the process of creating new surfaces for the studio, to run alongside the existing ones that I have in stock. Kathy, a portrait artist from Oxfordshire runs Dotty Dog Art, and has recently launched her own range of greetings cards. She embellishes her drawings with graphics to create something really unique, and that’s the basis of her ranges.

Kathy requested a shoot, mentioning 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.

 

Wedding Stationery

Lizzie from Connie and Joan contacted me after seeing my Instagram feed. The groups (as seen in the photograph below) were sent over glued together in-situ. I then laid out a second set to show the various contents of each group alongside some flowers. Fresh flowers always add a touch of elegance to an image, that artificial flowers don’t quite reach. I recommend using https://www.flowerstudioshop.co.uk/ who are a client of mine, they offer Forever Creative clients 15% off when using the code BLOOM too! Click here for more Stationery photography examples

Studio Style

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.

 

Natural Light & Fused Glass

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.

To see more of Ann’s work, and to purchase, please check out her Etsy Shop. Shown here are a couple of Ann’s signature dragonfly pieces. For further glassware photography examples, SEE HERE.

Perfumery Packshots

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.

Top Drawer Preview Magazine

Thanks to Jill of Rocket 68 for letting me know that a photograph of mine, a group shot featuring one of her latest ranges, Miami, has been published in the Top Drawer Preview Magazine for the upcoming popular London show in January. I’ve done quite a few shoots now for Jill who is always a pleasure to work with, her brightly coloured vintage styled artwork works well with the props I already have, with the accompaniment of some fresh fruit, as shown below.

 

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More examples of Greetings Card Photography…

Found Objects Shoot

I love nothing more than working with found natural materials and was pleased when Karen contacted me again to book in group product shots of her Autumn and a new bird range of hers. Organic shoots as i’m starting to think of them are something i do quite a lot of, and will be expanding upon in the future. Its a case of finding some time to get out there to find some more materials. This is my first posting since the studio move, and although not quite complete yet its really good to have some space to work in, and also to think in. Surroundings do make quite a difference and it gives me a chance to create more spacious and considered imagery.

 

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Artist : Kate from Sun Pennies, the following two from Karen of New Leaf Cards

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Made in Yorkshire Shoot

I’ve worked with Tracie and Ollie from Made in Yorkshire for a little while now, after creating their website for them. From there I was pleased to offer a shoot for Tracie, comprising of shots for many of their exhibitors. The exhibitors have a huge diversity in the work they create, but Tracie required a simple signature type style to use on their own website.

 

 

For further examples please see here.

More and More Props…

In the studio this week I had various greetings card ranges from Nicole of Red Berry Cards. Some of Nicole’s ranges are aimed at men, and as such required more ‘boys toys’ and retro props. The ranges were photographed using settings and in-house props from my ever growing stock of props! Reflecting many of the elements within the design. A favourite of the props was an old cream telephone, although I remember as a kid they weren’t particularly cool in anyway then, just annoyingly slow to use! How things change.

The settings for all three were kept very simple  using  devices such as boxes to create miniature displays in each of the photographs. The shots can be seen in use on Nicole’s website, here

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For more Greetings Card photography, see here.

Black Magic Woman

Coral Rose, brought her own excellent props in for this group mood shot. Having worked with Coral several times before, I was able to produce a slightly different shot for her than usual. Dictated mainly by the props used, as they were very tribal in nature, the lighting was crafted to be a little more evocative and stark. Coral uses many of these shots for general marketing purposes but also on her website.

 

For further examples of coasters in photography, see here.

Spa Town Soap Co.

Kersty from the Spa Town Soap Co. approached me after seeing Moorwax Candlemakers website and photography, and was interested in commissioning product photography of her range of handmade soaps and scrubs. She was pleased with the results, as shown below. We chose to go for real fruits in the shots, because as they are close up’s nothing else but fresh fruits would have given the correct impact. For other candles and products see here.

Ceramics Photography

Photographing ceramics is always something of a challenge. It’s something I very much enjoy, although the resulting images can be very simple, they are anything but to create. Depicting the work in a natural way, showing the ‘correct amount’ of reflection of the item without it being too distracting, whilst also revealing texture and showing off the three dimensional nature of the shape with light and shadow.

The colour properties of these ceramics were extremely subtle and as such I chose to photograph them in a traditional way, the only prop used being an old tile from the studio prop stocks! More ceramic photography is shown here.

 

This work was produced by Deborah Frith who has some stunning and very interesting sculpture on her website, check out http://www.art2sculpture.co.uk/sculptures

Scotland’s Trade Fair Magazine

A photograph I had taken earlier in the year for Jo Scott, from Scott and Robson greetings cards has just been published in the Scotland’s Trade Fair Magazine, Jo was very pleased about that and shared the page on Facebook, see image below. Jo went on from there to win the best product award in the show, Congratulations Jo! I’m now about to start Jo’s second shoot! Another image from the same group is shown below the article…See here for Greetings Card gallery.

 

Let the New Year Begin!

I received a message upon my return to say that a photograph of mine had been published in the Top Drawer preview magazine. The magazine is online and in print, apparently it’s very difficult to get anything in there, thank you to Jill from Rocket 68 for letting me know!  I’ve done a few shoots now for Jill, and this one was a shoot for her ‘Zoo Buddies’ range. To see a copy of the preview, check out the online version,  http://online.fliphtml5.com/phaf/onor/#p=16