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.

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.

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.

Thameen Still Life Cosmetics

perfumes and cosmetic still life photographer Chris Howlett. Luxury crystal bottle on reflective creative background. Product photography London

Perfumes and fragrances have featured on many a Christmas list over the years and British perfume brand Thameen Fragrances will be looking to be the first choice for many this Christmas.

Howlett Photography was commissioned to be part of this years marketing imagery with the photography used for in-store display in the Selfridges beauty hall. We were delighted to be asked to contribute with some creative still life photography.

The brief was to provide images with a luxurious feel, shot in a creative advertising style, evocative of the opulence and flair of the Thameen brand.

Advertising product photography, creative cosmetic perfume product with gold glitter explosion. Shot in London still life photography studio by Howlett photography

“Thameen is a niche, luxury, British brand, which combines Eastern opulence with Western refinement.”

Creative cosmetic collection. A group of perfumes and fragrances shot on luxury glossy advertising style background. London product and still life photographer Chris Howlett
cosmetic product packshot photography. Bottle shot on white background with strong reflection shot in high resolution in London studio

Howlett Photography provide product packshot photography as well as creative still life photography; the image on the left is an example of the final set of product images we supplied.

If you or your brand are looking for creative still life or product photography then get in contact to discuss. or browse out recent galleries

Benecol product & food photography

Large food and drinks brands require still life photography often used for national advertising campaigns, with imagery used on social media as well as in print for publications and billboards. I worked with my favourite food stylist, Lauren Becker, on a recent shoot for Benecol, introducing their new Greek-style yoghurt range. Working to quite a detailed brief, we created a few simple sets which could then be interchanged for various platforms and to satisfy multiple themes used throughout the campaign.

Advertising packshot photography for food and drinks. Creative product photography with yogurt products and London cityscape behind. Howlett photography

One of the benefits of working with an experienced marketing and advertising team is being provided with a full descriptive brief including dimensions, sketches and notes providing a guideline on how the final shots should look. In addition to this, we were given some suggestions on backgrounds and information regarding where text or copy would be overlaid, so as to plan the product and light positioning. We mainly used old wooden surfaces which fit in nicely with the theme, teaming with basic breakfast place settings like bowls and cutlery. These, along with some creatively placed ingredients all help bring the images to life.

Creative product photography for advertising food campaign. Still life tropical theme for luxury food brand. Shoot in London photographic studios with a tropical beach theme and fresh ingredients.
London still life studio product photography with bowl and breakfast settings from advertising food photographer chris howlett

Several lighting and focus techniques were composited so that the tops of the yoghurts remained silky and luxurious, whilst still maintaining a sharpness in the labels and surrounding ingredients. I used some flash techniques to convey action in other shots, including falling granola and a hand dipping a spoon into the pot.

Citrus fruit dessert made with yogurt product and fresh fruit. Creative still life food photographer chris howlett created the advertising product packshot in London studio

My South London photography studio has a fantastic kitchen space ideal for food & drinks photography and still life imagery, so if you’re looking to produce a still life or creative shoot get in contact and let’s book it in.

 

 

Product Photography Fashion Accessories

This weeks blog features recent still life creative product photography for George ASDA, shot on location in a heart of London. When shooting on location i like to take my full studio kit which is usually more than i need but i remain mobile, shooting all over London and Uk. The fashion products and accessories were styled with pre-made props to create a series of promotional shots, below are a few examples.

Still life fashion accessories. Product photography by Chris Howlett, shot on location in London studio. A group of fashionable shoes styled on white painted blocks with long 3 dimensional creative lighting

Two contrasting images, the top shot in monochrome with a hint of gold, featuring the latest collection of accessories carefully positioned on painted white blocks. A hard light from the right create bold shadows across the blocks and provide a three dimensional interesting background. Below colourful spheres balanced between products, with a softer lighting style and room for text on the left.

Fashion still life, Women's accessories, hand bags and shoes on spherical coloured shapes. Creative product and packshot photography for commercial advertising campaigns in London.

The final few examples below are from a series of cropped and macro shots highlighting the textures fabrics and details. 

Fashion stacks, a pile of jeans on a stool make up this creative still life product photograph from Howlett photography
Shirts, macro close up shot, linen textured group of colourful shirts. London product packshot photography fashion stills shot over head

If you need product photography either on location or at my new refurbished studio then get in contact to discuss your plans 

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 Cosmetics on location in London

When creating still life product photography on location, I often use two main methods to achieve a particular look and style: one method is to source materials to create the required scene, e.g. a set build; and the other is to find a location which already has a particular style, which I can tailor to suit the brief. The photography featured in this blog, taken for Playboy Fragrances

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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

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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creative cosmetic still life

…creative still life and moving images for UK cosmetics brand Fudge. The brief was to create some eye-catching imagery in line with the energy exuded by the brand which would be used for social media and other advertising platforms.

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still life cosmetics - perfume & fragrances - on location

on-location product and fashion still life photography for Playboy Fragrances. The overall aim of the shoot was to encapsulate an aura of summer fun across a variety of shots, including eye-catching still life and gif images for use in social media platforms.

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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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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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