I love taking pictures and I love jewellery! So when my favourite cousin-in-law and jewellery designer in her own right, (check her out here – she takes commissions), asked me if I wanted to try photographing some of her students work from Fife College, I said Yes! It was just the creative challenge I needed.
Plenty of Wedding Practice
I often take close-up images of bridal jewellery and wedding rings. I have invested heavily in a top quality macro lens. Taking pictures of wedding and engagement rings have also taught me certain techniques like focussing on the claw of a stone rather than the precious gem itself.
But that is all in the heat of the moment. Usually when a bride and her maids are careering about trying to get ready. For this project, it was just me, my studio, a light box and various props I’d found around the house that I thought would add some textural interest.
Standard product images
Traditional images for brochures are simple ‘on white’ images that allow the jewellery to take centre stage with no distractions. Simple to look at, harder to execute but I love how this necklace turned out and so did the college 🙂
Pushing the boundaries
I wanted to try different textures as well that would highlight the individual pieces and give jewellers some other options for their websites or social media.
I love how the wood on this bowl makes this pendant pop.
And how the blue glass echoes the colours in the brooch but is suitably out of focus so not to distract from it.
Then things got really exciting
A former Fife College student saw my examples and wanted some pictures taken. We were able to chat about her brand colours and she brought some gorgeous old slate and rusted iron with her to use as backgrounds for her beautiful pieces.
Just like my lifestyle photography interaction with the client to understand their personality is crucial. Just with jewellery, I am trying to capture their personality through the pieces of art rather than their facial expressions.
How fantastic is this rusty iron as a background?
Or this old slate?
With ready-made earring holes!
Even better she left all these backgrounds with me to keep for other shoots. I know I say it a lot but I fricken love my job and the fact that I can constantly try new stuff out. 🙂
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