My second session shooting for black tree was covering packshots of their latest range of candles, reed diffusers and giftsets to go alongside the styled session we'd shot previously. Working with glass on a white backdrop is always tricky, shadows and reflections even in the most controlled environment can make for a lot of editing in Photoshop, which I don't really like to do if I can avoid it because it makes the process so much slower and I like to get images to my clients ASAP. So I ended up shooting this whole set twice, which is definitely the advantage of working from a home based studio, because had I been on location, this would not have been a realistic choice. The original set up worked nicely for the the gift collections, producing a soft, more natural looking light, but wasn't working at all for producing cut-out shots of the glassware or the reed diffusers, which were disappearing into the background. Anyway, long story short I had a bit of an Eureka moment while I was making breakfast the next day, set up a bit of an experimental studio using a pane of glass from a picture frame (risky, but worth it) and a bookshelf and decided to reshoot the whole set. It worked like a charm, produced beautiful cut outs in camera and overall I was pretty chuffed with myself.