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.

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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.

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. 

Jewellery photography - on model

The London International Jewellery show has just finished and featured some of the best upcoming and established jewellery designers like Rock & Hound. For this week's blog, I collaborated with creative design team, Beast&Burden, to shoot model photography for Rock & Hound, whose jewellery has won multiple awards.

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