Working with small objects like jewellery can be tricky, particularly when it comes to styling. Using props that might dwarf the piece, or make it look disproportionately large isn't a helpful illusion to create when designing an image for an online shop where customers don't have the opportunity to see the item in real life, so I always need to be mindful of striking a balance between fitting the brief, enhancing the product and accuracy.
Working with Surf & Scout is always a fun session, Clare has already designed for herself a consistent and beautiful aesthetic for her brand, using natural props to reflect the natural beauty of her jewellery, so it's something of a luxury to be able to spend my time finding ways to highlight that natural beauty using various lighting set ups, to catch the light reflected on a facet of raw cut amethyst or to bring out the amber tones in a piece of tigers eye or the translucency of the rose quartz.
Following on from our previous Christmas themed shoot, I had the pleasure of creating some food/product imagery of the delicious Valentines Day afternoon teas by Chouxlicious. Their luxury afternoon teas are created with some of Shropshires finest brands and are available for national delivery direct to your door.
Pawfect Delights recently did a bit of a branding and packaging overhaul, which meant they were in need of a new set of product images to show off their new packaging design. We also added in some more styled imagery featuring ingredients for each of the dog treat flavours, some flat lays and I even added in a little stop motion because I was recently asked if I offered this and I didn't at the time so wanted to test drive one. I think it worked out really nicely!
For my 3rd session with Marianne at the end of last year we took a walk around my own neck of the woods for some extra promotional/branding portraits to coincide with the launch of her brand new novel The Doors Of Riverdell. I love working with Marianne partly because she's so gorgeous and therefore incredibly easy to photograph, but also because she's just got one of those personalities that's just addictive and now that I've finally got my hands on a copy of her book, it's a wonderful experience to get to escape into and wander through a world so intricately and fantastically crafted, by someone with such a unique view of the world.
For as long as I've photographed weddings I hoped I'd one day be able to attend one on Halloween and my wish was finally granted by Jonathan & Marianne who were married at Wellington registry office during that brief window between lockdowns in an intimate ceremony with a handful of friends and relatives before heading into Ironbridge for portraits by the river and then onto the Malthouse for a sit down meal.
It was a fabulous example of what have become typical of those weddings that have still gone ahead during such restrictive times, it was fun, laid back and of course, live streamed... But with spooky decor, obviously.
Dress - Shropshire Country Brides
Shoes - Jimmy Choo
Wedding Topper - Talbot Polymer Creations
Cake - Debbie Wheatley
SubPro are a new, Bridgnorth based business producing high quality products for the sublimation process and with their branding designed and ready to go it was time to shoot some bright and colourful packshots in a drop off product photoshoot. Professional product photographs are a fantastic investment when launching a new business and act as one of the fastest ways to instil trust in clients and consumers who may be unfamiliar with your product or service, by providing them with polished imagery the quality of what you produce, as well as demonstrating your own willingness to invest in your business and run it professionally.
We've finally made it to the end of 2020 and while I did lose quite a bit of work this year due to the lockdowns, I was so incredibly fortunate to work with some amazing local businesses on their promotions and products which I am so unbelievably grateful for. So as a thank you and as a way of supporting the small businesses who keep me going, I thought I'd put together an extra post of gift ideas from businesses I've had the pleasure of photographing christmas goodies for, and some who I've shopped from myself this Christmas and who I just generally love.
Working with and promoting fellow small businesses is something Nicola of Chouxlicious makes a lot of effort to include in everything she does, which is one of the reasons I really value working with her. For this session we were shooting her delectable variety of christmas hampers and afternoon teas brimming with delicious handmade and local goodies, making them a perfect gift or treat for yourself if you'll be celebrating christmas in smaller numbers this year and don't fancy making a whole feast yourself <3
You can shop Chouxlicious' christmas range here.
My Christmas product photography sessions with Bridgnorth business Krafty Gifts have become something of a personal tradition over the last few years. They are usually the first Christmas shoot of the year for me, and spark the first sparks of festivity in me.
This year we were updating stockings, which you can see along with their whole christmas range here. So if you're in the market for some personalised Christmas goodies for you, your kids or your pets while supporting a local Shropshire business, be sure to head over and have a look.
Emma & Jay were originally going to be married in December but with all of the uncertainty surrounding weddings caused by the on again off again lockdowns, they decided to chance it and see if they could bring the date forward into October and be able to have an intimate Church Ceremony in Claverly before heading to Davenport House for a small reception. They decided to keep their beautiful blue Christmas theme, and I’m SO glad they did, so much time and thought and love went into making this wedding as stunning as it was, and it was so lovely to get into the festive spirit a little earlier than usual.
I arrived first at their home to photograph Emma getting ready and to finally get to meet her in person. Usually I get to meet couples a few months before the actual wedding, but with lockdown it wasn’t feasible, so being able to arrive before the ceremony and be able to get to know her and her amazing son Seb a little bit meant we got to break the ice before I started following everybody around with my camera for the next 6 hours!
Emma & Jay’s wedding was stunning and really did go to show that having fewer guests does not mean that you can’t go all out with every other aspect of the day. From the blue streaks in Emma’s hair to the giant Christmas tree set up at Davenport House, this was a Christmas winter wonderland wedding of dreams.
Ceremony - Claverly All Saints Church
Reception - Davenport House
Florist – Ginger Lily
Hair – Stephanie Watton
Harpist – Oona Linnett