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.

still life fashion accessories - champion freeze - April

The South London studio welcomed fashion brand Champion to produce a series of creative still life photography for their website and social media platforms. Its quite common to have an evolving brief and the original had some logistical challenges which meant changes were necessary to complete within the time and budget. As we were working with real ice, time was definitely the biggest challenge. Each still life set would start to melt as we continued to style and position the products and props.

blue champion t-shirt surrounded by coloured ice cubes shot in london still life studio by packshot and creative product photographer chris howlett
Orange beanie hat creative still life photography using fashion products shot overhead with creative props that surround the product
mens fashion accessories green stripy socks surrounded by ice, shot in a creative product packshot style created in london studios by chris howlett

The creative still life photography was part of larger group of advertising style shots. Each with a fashion product or accessories partially submerged in ice surrounded by small coloured ice cubes

still life fashion accessories styled with ice cubes and ice trays, a blue hooded jumper partly submerged into the ice, product photography from london advertising photographer chris howlett

The product photography was accompanied by an online live streaming via Instagram - a time-lapse video of the melting ice was then used in promotional ads and product giveaways.

Great advertising product photography is timeless and is one of the best ways to promote your business. Get in contact to discuss your next project. Your brand deserves it.

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.

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

 

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