Jewellery Video Still Life & Models

Successfully combining 3 different disciplines for a single high end jewellery advertising campaign required simple planning, creative thinking and experience. This meant the still life photography, model shots and video content complement each other seamlessly. Keeping it simple doesn’t have to mean easy - the model shots alone required a fantastic team in charge of styling, hair & make up. Simplicity is key to consistency which is crucial to building brand identity with photography.

jewellery photography from london. Model wearing necklace and 2 rings shot with soft beauty light.
model wearing jewellery with white top and soft focused lighting hand together and model looking at camera.. Created in london jewellery photographic studio

The images were used for e-com platforms as well as other traditional marketing formats. The model shots required a slightly larger team and more logistical planning compared to the still life photography. And overall the soft focused lighting and similarly toned backgrounds produces a luxury consistent feel across all the shots.

Diamond ring stack with collection of luxury items. Strong shadows against grey neutral background. Creative still life jewellery created by chris howlett photography in London
Still life jewellery with a mix collection of jewellery items styled in a creative way with soft shadows and bold colours, shot in London studio by chris Howett
London ring shot on grey soft background paper. gold and silver luxury items arranged in creative stylised way.
diamond engagements rings in long line with sparkling diamonds and polished golds, in pink gold and silver, shot in london jewellery photographic studio by chris howlett

The lighting for the still life is always going to be different to the model photography however by using a single main high quality key light source across all shots, including the video was paramount in achieving the consistency required. The main light was a focused soft light that wrapped around the subject providing a clean and 3-dimensional look.

Check out the video below!

Your next campaign may need creative still life, model photography, videography or all of the above. We’re here to help realise your vision - just get in touch to discuss your requirements and let’s make some great eye-catching imagery.

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.

still life fashion accessories - champion freeze - April

The South London studio welcomed fashion brand Champion to produce a series of creative still life photography for their website and social media platforms. Its quite common to have an evolving brief and the original had some logistical challenges which meant changes were necessary to complete within the time and budget. As we were working with real ice, time was definitely the biggest challenge. Each still life set would start to melt as we continued to style and position the products and props.

blue champion t-shirt surrounded by coloured ice cubes shot in london still life studio by packshot and creative product photographer chris howlett
Orange beanie hat creative still life photography using fashion products shot overhead with creative props that surround the product
mens fashion accessories green stripy socks surrounded by ice, shot in a creative product packshot style created in london studios by chris howlett

The creative still life photography was part of larger group of advertising style shots. Each with a fashion product or accessories partially submerged in ice surrounded by small coloured ice cubes

still life fashion accessories styled with ice cubes and ice trays, a blue hooded jumper partly submerged into the ice, product photography from london advertising photographer chris howlett

The product photography was accompanied by an online live streaming via Instagram - a time-lapse video of the melting ice was then used in promotional ads and product giveaways.

Great advertising product photography is timeless and is one of the best ways to promote your business. Get in contact to discuss your next project. Your brand deserves it.

Creative Still life Fashion Products - Styling with Thread

The crucial role of the Stylist can sometimes seem underrated when compared to the ‘lead’ status of the Photographer, but it should never be taken for granted. Even when using the best equipment, it takes the keen eye and creative talent of a stylist to bring all of the visual elements of a shot together.

On a recent 3-day shoot for fashion brand Thread I had the pleasure of working with a fantastic team of stylists following strong art direction - a collaboration which proved to be a great success.

Jumpers on concrete, still life advertising fashion photography shot in London studio by chris howlett
product photography still life fashion accessories, red shoes on concrete wall with large shadows. Shot in london by howlett photography

The dynamic strong lighting, and considered textured backgrounds add interest to these fashion accessories, giving these creative advertising style shots personality and flair.

Styling isn’t just about how objects look in themselves. When shooting a set of products, it’s also about their visual appeal when grouped with other similarly unique and interesting objects. The space around and between objects is also a factor, and how it is used is essentially a fundamental element of contemporary styling. So, props and accessories - like kraft gift boxes and hessian ties - are strategically positioned, creating imagery that is crisp and detailed.

These kinds of shots are great for gifs - whimsically styled moving images shot against textured, painted colourama are visually impactive - perfect for social media and web advertising.

moving image or gif file with fashion accessories gift box product photography
still life fashion gif, a selection of mens fashion products on blue colourma Product photography from london chris howoett
A set of 3 creative still life flat lay product photographs. Jumper jeans and shoes on bright coloured background. Captured in London advertising product studio by chris howlett

Howlett photography offer a full service from styling, set-builds, studio hire, models, post production and of course, photography! On this shoot we worked alongside an established design agency and stylists, out of an east London studio. Our aim is to create amazing content in a bespoke way that works for you. Why not get in contact to discuss you requirements or simply browse the still life gallery for more inspiration.

Thameen Still Life Cosmetics

perfumes and cosmetic still life photographer Chris Howlett. Luxury crystal bottle on reflective creative background. Product photography London

Perfumes and fragrances have featured on many a Christmas list over the years and British perfume brand Thameen Fragrances will be looking to be the first choice for many this Christmas.

Howlett Photography was commissioned to be part of this years marketing imagery with the photography used for in-store display in the Selfridges beauty hall. We were delighted to be asked to contribute with some creative still life photography.

The brief was to provide images with a luxurious feel, shot in a creative advertising style, evocative of the opulence and flair of the Thameen brand.

Advertising product photography, creative cosmetic perfume product with gold glitter explosion. Shot in London still life photography studio by Howlett photography

“Thameen is a niche, luxury, British brand, which combines Eastern opulence with Western refinement.”

Creative cosmetic collection. A group of perfumes and fragrances shot on luxury glossy advertising style background. London product and still life photographer Chris Howlett
cosmetic product packshot photography. Bottle shot on white background with strong reflection shot in high resolution in London studio

Howlett Photography provide product packshot photography as well as creative still life photography; the image on the left is an example of the final set of product images we supplied.

If you or your brand are looking for creative still life or product photography then get in contact to discuss. or browse out recent galleries

Model Jewellery Photography

Celebrating female strength and individuality is the core ethos of UK-based jewellery creators, Rock&Raw.  They were featured in a previous blog, when I highlighted some creative still life shots, however, this second instalment showcases some great model shots along with uniquely mirrored product imagery.  We worked really hard but had great fun and in the end were able to encapsulate the ethereal essence of such a strong brand: strength in beauty.

The styling objective was to capture the brand's identity, so spotlights feminine strength with the obvious connection with the raw crystals and their spiritual properties.  Our model looked fantastic;  posing with raw cut crystals in the collection of three above, as well as artistic compositions which complement a product shot, like in the example below.

Jewellery photography on model, a trio of pendants hang around the neck. From London product photographer chris howlett
Jewellery product packshot on white with reflection, still life product photography from London studio

"Rock & Raw creates crystal-charged fine jewellery designed to raise your vibration and connect you to divine feminine energy. Our creations are inspired by the warrior-like strength, the rock, that’s in all of us, along with the raw spirit that we carry within too"

a behind the scenes shot of the full team in the London studio working with howlett photography

We had a blast working on this shoot which started with a blessing with sage and palo santo.  By the end we were knackered, but very relaxed, as you can see from the behind-the-scenes shot on the left!  

If your a jewellery business looking for creative still life, product packshot and/or model photography get in contact to discuss your requirements. 

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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