pz cussons creative cosmetic still life

If you’ve read some of my most recent posts, you’ll be aware that I often work closely with stylists and set builders to create fantastic shots for amazing clients worldwide. Sometimes, both of these roles are fulfilled by the client, themselves, which means collaborating with in-house art directors and designers. Experienced production crews are invaluable to a successful shoot and I had the pleasure of working with a great team when shooting the Spring/Summer campaign for global cosmetics manufacturer PZ Cussons’ beauty brand, Sanctuary.

Advertising creative still life cosmetic product photography, beauty products submerged in jelly and melon, suggestive of the moisture and ingredients in the product. Created in photograhic studio london

The creative product photography was used across traditional print as well as digital platforms, including large scaled in-store posters and point of sale marketing displays and required extreme high resolution capture and precision post-production - something Howlett Photography has a lot of experience in.

mothers day beauty products on soft silk, creative still life photography from london
creative and playful still life composition from uk photographer. Sweeties and bag surround cosmetic product

There were several stories to tell here: vibrant spring days bursting with flowers, childhood memories full of delicious sweets, hot sunny days on the beach… all you need is the right style, lighting and props to capture the essence of Sanctuary’s campaign. Sometimes, just one or two elements are all you need -that enticing, refreshing looking image above was created by simply submerging large pieces of watermelon in transparent jelly balls!

beauty product surround by fresh flowers from london photographer chris howlett

We worked closely with the client on this one. Each still life composition was carefully planned, organised and catered for. We knew what we wanted to achieve, and the clients even added their own touch with the supply of artistically selected flowers, crisp fine sand, luxurious textiles and a surplus of sour sweets!

premium advertising style product photography with beauty products partially submerged in sand. summer cosmetics still life photography

These two creative lifestyle shots scream, Summer Holiday and feature a travel sized beach beauty kit you might take with you on holiday. Sand is a great texture and can be easily manipulated, giving you several different backgrounds whilst using the same props, products and even camera position.

second image taken from a summer beach theme, Cosmetic products on towel and surrounded by sand.

Howlett Photography work with a number of global beauty brands, but we also work directly with small startups and newly established companies, tailoring production to suit you, the client.

This is part of our success and we want you to be part of it.

Still Life Cosmetics - Bottling the Coast

The UK is home to some of the richest and diverse coastlines in the world and I was thrilled to be commissioned by Haven Holidays to complete four creative still life setups for a series of fragrances, based around four of their coastal holiday resorts in the UK.

Each fragrances or room diffusor is based on a different Haven resort, located next to a beach or iconic coastline in Norfolk, Cornwall, Wales and Scotland. Each set was created incorporating inspiration from each of these regions making each set both complementary and unique.

still life product photography from london creative photographer chris howlett. Room fragrance is center image with beach scene, stones sea props an other lifestyle elements

A splash of coastal magic where the mountains meet the sea. With fresh sea breezes, earthy green and cool mineral notes coming together in perfect harmony, this fragrance will fill your home with the scent-song of the Welsh coastline

sand sea and grasses make up this lifestyle creative advertising product photo. Created in product packshot studio by Howlett photography

“Ozonic sea breezes blend with dry grassy notes to evoke the unique coastline of Norfolk, with the thrills of a helter-skelter ride and a whisper of candyfloss drifting over from the pier.”

Scottish costal still life scene with tartan patten fishing nets pebbles and sea grasses. Lifestyle product photography from chris howlett

“Where rugged coastal cliffs meet sweet pine notes, and pretty purple heather flirts with ancient oak moss, this scent will transport you to the timeless Scottish shoreline.”

flat lay still life with sand and props. creative advertising product photography from London

Salty sweet airs from the dunes in June, warmed by a welcome note of creamy vanilla, send you straight to balmy summers on the Cornish coast. And relax.”

behind the scene look shot at Howlett photography studios in london

Each image was created with creatively placed props and a similar lighting for continuity. The image on the right show us collaborating; setting up the scenes for the perfect shot.

If you’re about to launch a new product and would like some creative still life imagery, or advertising style product photography, get in contact and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements

Creative Still Life Jewellery Rock & Raw

Jewellery photography for Rock & Raw feature in this week photoblog. I was asked to provide a set of creative still life and model photography. Below are a few examples of the creative still life photography, next week i will showcase some of the model and product packshots.

Studio product and lifestyle creative still life jewellery photography. Pendents are surrounded by raw crystals with creative jewellery photography lighting. Images made by studio photographer chris howlett
hands with jewellery, model lifestyle jewellery photography shot in london studio

Additional lifestyle shots with the jewellery positioned on a whole citrine crystal on the right, positioned on hands above and below the still life shot is created with the spiritual cleansing smoke created from a sage smudge stick.

The crystal pendents are surrounded by carefully positioned raw rock crystals including clear quartz, citrine, amethyst and topaz. Strong directional light creates bold shadows and depth to the colourful jewellery collection.

creative product jewellery photography. crystal pendent on citrine crystal studio photography by chris howlett
lifestyle creative jewellery photography. A trio of crystal pendants with sage smudge stick and smoke shot in london photographic studio by chris howlett

"Our pieces enshrine the individual powers of crystals and we weave ritual and ceremony into everything we do. All our pieces are created with the intention of bringing healing and transformation and our work is guided by heart-centred meditation."

still life collection, jewellery pendants on clean white background, creative studio product pack shot by chris howlett

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cosmetics, make up & beauty products

With the shift in consumer attitudes leaning more towards natural and organic products, this is an exciting time to be creatively involved with new ethically-focused startups such as cosmetics brand, TOSé Apothecary. Based in London, TOSé are helping people rediscover beauty by using chemical free products. Below are some of examples of the creative still life photography I provided for the brand.

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