We love a burst of seasonal photography just before the end of the year when the most can be made of the festivities and tailoring a shoot to fit. A bit of Santa here, snow there, reds and whites, presents, a shoot for Christmas in November and December creates so much opportunity.
Second-shooter Tony and I took the train from London to Norwich on a beautiful brisk winter morning – the kind of morning you like in the winter and don’t mind freezing your nips off for. It was early enough that we saw the sun come up and pierce the high-rises as we tracked-it out of East London. Our task today was to create a series of product shots for a wonderful little brand run by Laura Cotton. On this occasion, we had the luxury of shooting in a closed pub in a small village, closed especially for us to create imagery around her gourmet chocolate stirrers. We had all we needed – plenty of chocolate, some very willing models, and a bit of caffeine to get us going.
We wanted to make the most of the light and the location, so we gave everything a bit of a cosy ‘scandi’ feel with the framing and lighting, on some occasions just boosting the available light with portable flash. The one thing you’ll get to understand about us is that we don’t just settle for static product shots – we’re always looking for a way to introduce a lifestyle feel, and even if it means breaking some brand guidelines (we didn’t just admit to that…) we’ll want to grab something different. After all, if you want to catch someone’s eye when they’re furiously scrolling their Instagram feed, you’ve got to be brave.
By the end of the shoot, we’d used the fireplace, dusty old books and every angle on our inspiration list to complete a great variety.
“I cannot recommend Steven, Lauren and the team enough. Fantastic images and customer service, they are so passionate about what they do. The images have transformed the brand image for my business and I’ll definitely be booking another shoot soon!” – Laura Cotton, Owner, Cocoa Delicious