This is my second shoot for the lovely people at the Flower Studio in Marlow. For this, I painted up new backgrounds, to be a little more subtle and reminiscent of interiors backgrounds. I’ve been expanding my range of lighting modifiers, including stripboxes and different sized softboxes to provide different qualities of light which allowed me to play with the lighting more and to produce these shots.
“OMG! They are amazing! I’ve just shown them to my husband and he can’t believe they’re our products! Wonderful job and really appreciate your approach”. Trudy, Flower Studio Marlow.
Clients often request the use of fresh flowers in their shoots. I can of course source these locally, but there is quite a limited choice in the local florists. Alternatively Trudy from the Flower Studio is happy to offer any Forever Creative clients 15% off, and they can use the code BLOOM when ordering so that’s generally a better option. https://www.flowerstudioshop.co.uk/
Not having a great deal of time to get to the blog at the moment. But looking back over the past few months one of my favourite shoots to do has been these beautifully crafted ceramics from Graham Hudson Ceramics. Keeping it simple with ceramics can be best due to the nature of them. Lighting them can sometimes be challenging, but equally rewarding. By shading certain elements of them, and highlighting others surface textures can be revealed, and the shape can be accentuated. For more examples of Ceramics Photography, please check out the Ceramics Gallery.
I’ve worked with Bob Byrant from Humblewood now a number of times producing various images, from white background photography to more lifestyle type imagery. The white background photography was ideal for him to use in various ways, he had a number of different sized products to shoot. This wasn’t a problem as I use the main studio lighting to do them so am only really limited by the room, not a photo-cube which alot of people use. This also means different angles can be achieved, although the most challenging part of the shoot was glassware, including small glass test tubes against white.
Bob’s lifestyle images were featured heavily in this years British Craft Trade Fair at Harrogate including the show invitations, and large banners at the show itself, to Bob’s delight as it was his first ever trade show. To see more of these type of images, please check out the gallery, Homewares.
I’ve been working with Helen Russell throughout 2017 and now into this year producing a whole range of product images for her website https://helenrussellcreations.com/.
Helen has a quirky sense of humour which is revealed through her work. She comes up with lots of different characters and worlds, and sells these designs over a variety of products. Helen has had many different settings to show off her different products, here are just a couple of those for her tableware and diary pads. Check out in the Homewares Gallery for more, I also offer bespoke stock images for surface pattern designers, see here page for details and examples.
Since then Helen has had many more shoots, in fact at one point my shelves were absolutely full of her products.
These simple, natural towels are produced by Hammam Havlu. As Penny from the company says, they have a multitude of uses, from practical beach towels to picnic blankets, they’re shown here using the surroundings of the studio, to create a setting, alongside mid-century furniture and various contemporary and natural props and plants.
These are the type of shots I’ll be expanding upon as time goes on, I keep buying furniture and always have a good selection of smaller items in to go with them, particularly vintage industrial items as well as props evoking the coast and countryside. Here the shots shows what can be achieved using simple things like voils or curtains to suggest a window, particularly as in this case when lit through the voil.
Penny was pleased with her previous photographer, but didn’t like the inflexibility of having to order a full days shoot each time she had new products. Although its not generally advisable to shoot only one product at a time, I can do that, with a small surcharge. More usually I would photograph several products at a time, which is a better option than a full day shoot. This can fit-in more easily with clients needs and timescales.
For more examples check out the Textiles gallery.
Other images produced during other shoots, include…
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!
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.
For more greetings card product photography see the gallery here.
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 that will work well with homewares photography. 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 and 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 in the homewares photography gallery.
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 below…. Client : New Leaf Cards
Images Above. Client : Sun Pennies
For more examples of greetings card product photography see the Gallery.
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.
Here’s some further examples from subsequent shoots with Seedlings…
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 the Greetings Card product photography gallery for more examples.
Further images produced in subsequent shoots for Karen include…