The UK's Finest Perfumes & Fragrances

A picture can tell a thousand words - and whilst it can take just one photographer to execute, it takes the planning of a thousand ideas to bring to bring a single vision to life. The brief always serves as a steer in the right direction for any still life shoot and a great brief can provide a useful audit trail when qualifying the final image - does it set out what the client hopes to achieve? Is the end goal even achievable? The entire process, albeit a creative one, still relies on a combination of strategic technical and artistic ingenuity with well-thought-out flexible workflows. This is what transforms ideas on a mood board into high quality images, in this case to be used to gain traction for social online and digital platforms.

On some shoots, I’ll work with the stylist to create, source and execute a brief; on others, these are provided by agency art directors, or by the clients, themselves, as in this gallery, featuring a selection of my favourite still-life photography for British cosmetics brand, Clive Christian.

still life cosmetics photography. Perfume bottle on mens lifestyle set, feathers leathers and cigars make up this creative product photograph

“Perfumes that perfectly capture the grandeur and elegance of the Russian Baroque period, symbolling the beauty, elegance and presence of this culturally rich and romantic era of history”

creative product photography cosmetic perfume bottle with fragrant styling props men lifestyle
wood, bark, ferns, mens cosmetic fragrances. product photographer chris howlett

They provided a brief which included a realistic overview of what they were looking to convey - this step in the process should never be underestimated - and submitted with plenty of time to make any tweaks to the overall plan and also to source the props which would be used to create each unique image, all of which stand out on a screen or mobile phone.

thistle wood heather, lifestyle props surround cosmetic products still life image created by howlett photography in london
creative packshot photography. perfumes bottles overhead flat lay social media
london fragrance brand, roses and pebbles lifestyle still life photography
creative product photography still life cosmetics. perfume bottle with grass lifestyle background
A pair of perfume bottles on moss and grass create this cosmetic still life photograph from london product photographer chris howlett

With each beautifully crafted bottle looking identical, it was important to style each fragrance according to the blend of ingredients and incorporating a select array of textures, in the end producing an inviting and stimulating cohesion of visual and olfactory appeal

If you have and idea or vision for your brand, get in contact to discuss your next still life shoot.

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

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