Margo jewellery on model

Shooting jewellery can sometimes combine both still life and fashion elements as part of a single campaign. Shoots like these require superb production and organisation skills. Above all, pre-planning is essential - the types and numbers of shots required, studio and prep space requirements, hair/makeup artists, stylists, props - the list isn’t endless, but there are loads to be considered and addressed by both the photographer and client before the shoot to help make production run smoothly.

Someone once wrote about ‘best laid plans’, but if you’re capable of thinking on your feet, and are creatively flexible in your technical abilities, you’ll still manage to realise expectations and give your clients results they’ll be delighted with.

model with jewellery pulling back hair to revel drop earring and gold bangle, shot in london by chris howlett
Jewellery on blond hair model hand on hip with large gold ring on finger, model looking at camera with large statement pendant around neck
jewellery still life with charms rings and pendants in gold metal leaf on soft pink background. Shot from chris howlett photography

Enter: Margo, exciting new British jewellery brand

Shot in a fantastically sourced location house in central London and produced as a team of photographer, stylist, hair/makeup artist, models and art director. Our original plan was to convey and evoke 60’s luxe, and from the picture on the left, this works really well. A slight change in art direction, however, and by the end of the shoot, the preferred look swayed towards neutral, so we amended the backgrounds accordingly.

Sixties look to this jewellery on model shot. Black model wearing long gold chain and large ring, looking straight at the photographer
Creative still life photography with jewellery on black and silver spotted textiles. Image compliments model shots and is part of series
Earrings worn by model as she glances to the right of camera, studio lighting and photography by london photographer chris howlett
powerful strong pose by model wearing jewellery statement diamond necklace beautiful lighting shot in london location by howlett photography

Look out for more blog posts on jewellery: model photography, creative still life and also high end video.

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Howlett photography provide everything from the full package (including production and model booking) to individual one off bespoke commissions. No matter the scale of the project, get in contact to discuss you next shoot.

Product Photography Fashion Accessories

This weeks blog features recent still life creative product photography for George ASDA, shot on location in a heart of London. When shooting on location i like to take my full studio kit which is usually more than i need but i remain mobile, shooting all over London and Uk. The fashion products and accessories were styled with pre-made props to create a series of promotional shots, below are a few examples.

Still life fashion accessories. Product photography by Chris Howlett, shot on location in London studio. A group of fashionable shoes styled on white painted blocks with long 3 dimensional creative lighting

Two contrasting images, the top shot in monochrome with a hint of gold, featuring the latest collection of accessories carefully positioned on painted white blocks. A hard light from the right create bold shadows across the blocks and provide a three dimensional interesting background. Below colourful spheres balanced between products, with a softer lighting style and room for text on the left.

Fashion still life, Women's accessories, hand bags and shoes on spherical coloured shapes. Creative product and packshot photography for commercial advertising campaigns in London.

The final few examples below are from a series of cropped and macro shots highlighting the textures fabrics and details. 

Fashion stacks, a pile of jeans on a stool make up this creative still life product photograph from Howlett photography
Shirts, macro close up shot, linen textured group of colourful shirts. London product packshot photography fashion stills shot over head

If you need product photography either on location or at my new refurbished studio then get in contact to discuss your plans 

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