Food Photography & Gift Hampers

This week blog features photography for Mubarak, a London based hamper and gifting company, sourcing and packaging a variety of different products from food and drink, to cosmetics, fashion accessories and jewellery. Photographing such an array of products is most efficiently done with some assistance, so I was happy to team up again with stylist, Lauren Becker.  Together, we used a combination of styling, lighting and other creative techniques to create a visually balanced collection of shots, some examples of which you can see below.

Still Life hamper beauty cosmetics and food photography, products packshots photography from london shot in creative style with lifestyle elements. Chris Howlett
Hamper product photography food and still life photography, jam scones and cream shot in london by Howlett photography
Food and drink product photography with lifestyle background, photographed in studio in London by creative photographer chris howlett

When shooting large collections, such as hampers, for the same campaign or company, it's important to have a consistent theme that works for each product collectively, as well as the overall brand.  From a technical perspective, there should also be an element of visual balance in each shot. 

Cosmetic beauty product photography from london lifestyle and still life photographer Chris Howlett
Food still life photography. Hamper collection of sweets including cakes, fudges honey dates and fizzy drinks. Product photographer Chris Howlett

To start, we put each selection of products into a specific category and then worked on a theme for each.  Unique styles were created using painted backgrounds, tiles and wallpaper.  By using just a small amount of ribbon, we were able to visually tie the shots together, creating a synergy which worked for the brand.

Food photography hampers, a collection of sweets chocolates fudges and other food and drink. This still life image was used for product packshots shot in London by Chris Howlett

The hamper and gift collection images above are just a few examples taken from a larger catalogue of still life photography produced for the same client. Styling and shooting products are just part of a successful shoot; this is usually underpinned by a workable concept, a good source of materials, and above all, organisation!

With a brand new, modern and fully equipped studio space, client area and kitchen suitable for food photography, we are ready to take on any request for high quality product and still life photography.

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