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.

Model Jewellery Photography

Celebrating female strength and individuality is the core ethos of UK-based jewellery creators, Rock&Raw.  They were featured in a previous blog, when I highlighted some creative still life shots, however, this second instalment showcases some great model shots along with uniquely mirrored product imagery.  We worked really hard but had great fun and in the end were able to encapsulate the ethereal essence of such a strong brand: strength in beauty.

The styling objective was to capture the brand's identity, so spotlights feminine strength with the obvious connection with the raw crystals and their spiritual properties.  Our model looked fantastic;  posing with raw cut crystals in the collection of three above, as well as artistic compositions which complement a product shot, like in the example below.

Jewellery photography on model, a trio of pendants hang around the neck. From London product photographer chris howlett
Jewellery product packshot on white with reflection, still life product photography from London studio

"Rock & Raw creates crystal-charged fine jewellery designed to raise your vibration and connect you to divine feminine energy. Our creations are inspired by the warrior-like strength, the rock, that’s in all of us, along with the raw spirit that we carry within too"

a behind the scenes shot of the full team in the London studio working with howlett photography

We had a blast working on this shoot which started with a blessing with sage and palo santo.  By the end we were knackered, but very relaxed, as you can see from the behind-the-scenes shot on the left!  

If your a jewellery business looking for creative still life, product packshot and/or model photography get in contact to discuss your requirements. 

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 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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creative cosmetic packshots

…The packshots were produced as a series of e-commerce style shots for the online store. The  techniques behind the lighting style - being evenly spread across both sides of the products

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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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London Food Photography - On location

Last November I produced food photography for a fantastic new restaurant in Limehouse. Teaming up again with food stylist, Lauren Becker, this week's blog features food & drink photography for website, menus and advertising imagery all for  The Straight & Narrow, a stunning, brand new cocktail and piano bar in east London.

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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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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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Fashion Lookbook Photography

It's London fashion week and designers are getting inspired to create or complete next season's looks. As the new lines are being finalised, the requirement for new look book and editorial fashion photography is pivotal to the success of the brand. In a previous role as fashion photography manager at Selfridges I was privileged to work and collaborate with some fantastic names within the fashion industry. 

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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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Product Photography Still life christmas Collection

This midweek product photography post is to showcase a creative christmas still life image. I was approached to produce a creative still life photograph to be published on the front cover of this years christmas gift guide. 

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Packshot photography suitable for large scale prints.

Not the most creative packshots i have ever done but possible some of the biggest. A large product shot for in-store display. Measuring over 2 and half meters long. With such a massive print its was imperative the products were photographed using a very high resolution camera and are technically perfect.

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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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Advertising Drinks Product Photography

Some clients come to me with the exact idea of what they require, others ask me to create the whole concept from start to finish. The following product photography was definitely the former. The client had previous images from a photoshoot last year, my job was to replicate the packshots exactly, ensuring the images had space for text and the final Still Life packshot would follow the brief. I was provided with a template which i used as guideline when placing the product. Each packshot required space around the final images so it could be wrapped around the square packaging box.

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Still life products & festive collections

Still Life product imagery that have been used over the festive period in magazines, gift guides and other publications. More often than not my work can not be showcased case until it has been officially published, sometimes this can be months after the creative photography was taken and in some cases the first i am aware of its publication is when i see the image in print.

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