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.

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.

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.

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

Advertising food & drink photography

With the FIFA World Cup approaching, I was asked to create a set of still life food and drink photography for Coca-Cola. The breif entailed product photography for a seasonal advertising campaign incorporating food recipes that would accompany the drinks products - just think of all the things you love to eat and drink whilst watching an exciting game of footy.

Drink product photography, hog dogs on table surrounded by coca-cola products. Creative still life from london advertising food and drink photographer chris howlett
Chicken bake accompany 2 bottles of coke product. Typical food adveetising still photograph with props creativly placed around drink

The style was quite simple with the focus on the food and, of course, refreshing look of ice-cold Coca-Cola. The recipes were created in the studio kitchen; then prepared and styled by a home economist to get the desired look for each dish. The lighting was simple with an emphasis on the bottles, being sure to capture the water droplets which is important in creating that refreshing coke look.

All the images were taken at exactly the same angle with the same lighting, and the same wooden background, just the food and positioning of products changed. 

Food photography London, healthy tuna salad with coke drink products creatively styled and photographed by Still life photography Chris Howlett

You'll notice that there are no props, nor references to football in these shots which is deliberate - these high-quality advertising product shots were to be accompanied by text and other graphics which would be unique to each promotional campaign. 

If you need food, still life or product photography based around drinks or food products then get in contact. Our south London studio has a full fitted kitchen suitable for all type's of cooking and preparation

 

Still Life Fashion Accessories Luxury Brands

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still life designs and creative packshots

As a still life photographer my client base can be quite varied, ranging from advertising agencies and design agencies to blue chip companies and brand new start ups. This week's photoblog showcases product photography for creative design agency DDLondon, created for a series of high quality design-led books, stationery and other printed materials.

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still life fashion kids accessories Asda

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As a fan of gadgets and mobile accessories i was pleased when brand Olixar approached me for some creative product photography for their website and other promotional material. The request was for a set of bold, colourful and impactive advertising product photography. I wanted to show the quality of the products and give them a premium feel, and where appropriate, would also create "lifestyle" still life images showing the products in use. 

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