I was recently commissioned by Shape Creative Agency (Manchester) to produce some packshot images for a Craft Beer project. Because of their reflective nature beer and beverage cans are quite challenging to light. As with any packshot photography work I always ensure the entire product is tack sharp and any logos are well represented. Below is a sample of the product photography I produced.
I have been working closely with Whitehouse Crockery for a few years now, predominantly shooting products for their website. This year I have been commissioned to produce some creative product images for use in advertising and on social media.
As a commercial photographer we are often constrained by the creative / art directors vision (and rightly so!) but it is sometimes a breath of fresh air to have a bit more creative freedom. This has therefore allowed me to experiment more with both composition and lighting. The client has been very pleased with the results so far!
Shooting any glassware, cutlery and plates is always a technical challenge, dealing with unwanted reflections etc, but this is the kind of challenge I enjoy. For all my Still Life tabletop work I use studio flash, it is therefore important to setup the lights correctly in order to show the product in the best light. Lighting groups is also more technical as the composition and lighting has to work for all the products in each image, not just the hero!
Whilst it is not necessary the most visually appealing, my favourite image is the last one. This took over 250 adjustments to the position of the forks in order to get the right balance. This image has a strong emphasis on negative space.
Below are a selection of the Creative Product / Still Life images I have produced:
I was recently commissioned by Itsy Favours of Manchester to create a number of photographs to advertise and promote their products. As well as straight forward product photography they wanted to create styled product shots and inspirational images. The brief required me to be creative but ensure that the hero product stood out in the table setting. Below are a selection of the images I created in the studio. These images are now being used on their website, for advertising and on social media.
This years Bolton Food and Drink Festival was another amazing event which surpassed last year in terms of talent, entertainment, variety and perhaps above all else, visitor numbers! Friday evenings ‘Magnificent Seven’ Gala Dinner at the Holiday Inn, Bolton was no exception. This year there were more courses, more chefs and again more guests! The extremely talented Michael Caines was joined by regional chefs Matt Taylor, Andrew Nutter, Debbie Halls-Evans and Sean Wilson (amongst others) to serve up a seven-course taster menu. Above are just a few of the images I captured on the night for Bolton Council.
I was recently commissioned to shoot the latest restaurant menu at the Fishermans Retreat, Ramsbottom, Lancashire. The Fishermans Retreat is a family run business set in an amazing location, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The restaurant serves quality freshly prepared food which they aim to source locally. The restaurant itself is crafted from beautiful stonework which I have utilised in the above images to show both the character of the location, and the delicious food.