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.

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 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

The largest impact for any website redesign is the photography, if your looking to revamp, restyle or refresh your brand then get in contact and lets create some great content together.

Fashion accessories, still life and jewellery

Print media demands the highest quality imagery in a large resolution format which retains detail and rendition somehow lost on the average computer screen. So, of course, I was thrilled to see my work feature in two recent publications, printed on high density magazine paper. Both publications for luxury brands Waldorf Astoria and Conrad feature still life compositions of fashion products, jewellery and accessories.

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still life fashion kids accessories Asda

Fashion still life product photography are usually associated with glossy, high-lit scenes featured on many billboards and magazine covers. However, not all fashion images are used for these mediums, but are just as important for use with copy via other marketing methods, such as printed gift guide and online marketing. 

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still life - luxury candles

This week's blog features creative still life and packshot photography for London-based lifestyle brand, The Bird Box, producers of handmade, beautiful, sustainably sourced, candles; all lovingly made using pure essential oils.

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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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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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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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Perfume bottles & fragrances

still life photography blog I have a collection of perfumes shot for an advertising campaign. The images were used for a web campaign promoting the season's perfumes, and showcased the variety of perfumes and fragrances which were on sale online and in-store.

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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 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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