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

The essence of food photography

…shoot on location for new vegan start-up, Essence Cuisine.  Based in Old Street, Essence encapsulates industrialist design and wholesomeness both in its interior design and food.  The food and drink shots we created have been styled and produced to balance these cornerstones of 'Shoreditch Chic'.

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London product packshot & e-commerce fashion

This week's blog features e-commerce fashion with models and product packshot photography. Luxury fashion brand, The Silk Tie Company, produce an amazing array of silk ties & formal shirts and I provided a full service, covering all aspects of the product e-commerce photography - from still life shots to on-model fashion shots. Check out a few of the examples in the galleries below.

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product packshot photography & lifstyle

Creating advertising and packshot photography for a new product range is a regular request; this week's blog features web and lifestyle images for new revolutionary shower head,

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creative jewellery photography - valentines collection

blog features creative jewellery photography for a well know London jewellery company, offering stunning collections of handmade fine and designer jewellery. The peices i photographed included intricate charms and luxuary earings, demanding high quality jewelery photography. The style and colour palette are based around the final design brief and the shoot was created around for a valentines theme. 

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Jewellery photographer London & the UK

I really enjoy shooting jewellery and the technical demands that good jewellery photography requires. I have built up a variety of jewellery clients, mostly based around Hatton Garden, but also all over London. Providing both creative and packshot photography. Below are a few examples of recently completed work.

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Advertising packshot photography - watches

Introducing the new luxury watch brand, Illirio, designing and producing quality watches with a classic style, requiring premium packshot photography. As the client is based in central Euroupe, the products were sent to the South London studio along with a loose brief to produce high quality packhots and a creative still life shot for use on website landing pages.

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Creative Still Life Photography - The Colour of Cosmetics

Cosmetic brand Illamasqua approached me to produce some original creative product photography for their latest new product launch, the Lip Lure collection. As a brand they have an exciting and strong identity so I was delighted to be involved in delivering some unique creative still life photography and videography.

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Beauty swirls smudges & cosmetic photography

As a advertising photographer a lot of my time is spent in the London studio creating still life images and creative advertising photography for cosmetic and other makeup brands. I love shooting perfumes and cosmetics, and this week I have a few creative abstract images of makeup products.

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Creative cosmetic product photography

Cosmetic products benefit from clever lighting techniques and creative thinking, something a good still life photographer has in abundance. A strong collaborative approach to the art direction, with a few Pinterest boards and a strong concept, resulted in a set of creative still life photography suitable for printing in the House of Fraser Beauty Guide. 

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Creative Still Life Fashion Kidswear.

The new London photography studio is complete and the studio space is now available for large scale fashion shoots with models, art directors, stylists along with anyone else who wants to attend! The studio is also suitable for advertising, still life, jewellery, packshots -  a variety of creative product photography, large or small.

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Advertising Still Life Product Photography London

Getting the chance to create still life product photography from beginning of an idea all the way through to completion is a pleasure, especially when you can see the success and growth of a brand or company. It's great to be able to carry over the creative direction from the still life product photography to the packshot photography. For this shoot the colour pallet was bright and impactive and the theme was cymk. The bright colours and style was to remain the same for both the advertising and the packshot photography. 

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Jewellery Packshots & Creative Still Life

It's great when i get the opportunity to create both still life jewellery photography and packshots for the same client. This week i wish to show case some of the test work i have done for a jewellery client. I really enjoy creating bespoke creative jewellery photography and take satisfaction in photographing the best collections including all packshots for all the new products. Everything is shot in the London studio. 

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Studio Product Photography & Packshot

As web marketing increases in importance for companies so does the need to utilise platforms such as Instagram and Pintrest, this has resulted in an increase in the amount of requests i receive for promotional creative photography and cutout product photography. 

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Still Life Jewellery Packshot photography

Creating high end packshots for various jewellery companies is a large part of being a still life product photographer. Although i am mainly approached to create still life collections, the individual jewellery packshots are still a favourite and regular part of what i do in the London studio. Recently i have been busy creating still life jewellery photography in different creative styles, on various materials utilising different props at the London studio

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Perfumes and Cosmetics

As you might of guessed from previous posts some of my favourite products to photograph are cosmetics and perfume products. Below are a few examples of product photography for one of my regular clients.

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Cosmetic Creative Photography perfumes on blocks

A creative product packshot for a magazine and other marketing platforms. I was approached to provide some creative product photography using the latest "must buy" cosmetics. The main reason for the photography was to create advertising images for use in their latest christmas magazine. A few images would also be used across Instagram and other web marketing platforms. Something i have noticed over the last few years is an large increase in business using professional photography to create product photography to be used online in this way. A simple but eye catching image on social media can reach thousands of potential clients in a matter of seconds and can be allot cheaper than a large campaign.

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