set design

Red glass stones with orange highlights

Product Photography for Salem Business

We recently completed a photography project forĀ  My BobRocks, a local Salem Oregon business specializing in keepsake glass “rocks” containing a small amount of ashes as a memorial for a loved one or pet.

memorial glass keepsakes on wood

MyBobRocks displayed on a wooden board

Our client, Kathleen, wanted images that showed the colors of all the rocks she offers. We delivered a full set of on-white images shot in our studio. We also photographed an engraved version of her product and a necklace, as well as shooting the stones with a model and on a selection of natural surfaces. Special care was taken in post processing to make the images very color accurate while still making images that would really “pop” and appeal to the end customer.

 

Playing with my food

Sometimes I just want to play with light or sets (or both!), so I grab whatever’s in the kitchen and my camera. After browsing a lot of food boards on Pinterest with very blown-out backgrounds I set up one of my new surfaces (a collaged and painted surface) and some fruit and tried to get shots that combined both the rich colors in the fruit and the airy feel of the blown-out shots so popular on the boards.

fresh fruit in a white bowl

food photography of fruit

food photography of glass bowl

glass bowl of fruit

I like how the blown-out lighting looks on my new surface because I think it suits the style of the surface, but I don’t feel it does the best job of making this fruit look ready to eat — they look more like an artist’s rendering of food than something you’d want to eat. I think this technique will be perfect for creating wall art for restaurants and kitchens, though, especially if I use lemons or apples for the fruit. Sounds like a great excuse for me to go shopping!

Food Photography — Scones, Muffins, and Rolls

To go along with the on-white hero shots of their products our Bakery client had us create a collection of styled shots. We photographed scones, muffins, pretzel rolls, bear claws, and cinnamon rolls. We were especially tasked to show the difference in sizes between the large and mini muffins and scones, and to show the variety of muffins and scones they sell.

plate of assorted muffins in two sizes

plate of muffins

We used a variety of plates, baskets, and sets for these images. Unlike our photos of the holiday cookies where we used holiday decorations to emphasize the themes, we styled a majority of these items similar to how they might be served, complete with napkins and cups of coffee.

two croissants on glass plate with blue napkin

two croissants

For the pretzel rolls we went one step further and turned the rolls into hamburger and sandwich buns, and then plated those items with potato chips and beer.

food styling of pretzel bun

pretzel bun sandwich

The client was very happy with all the images and used them for both printed flyers and on their website.