Last week I photographed two beautiful girls for Windsor Avenue Jewelry. From that point on it has been a very busy time for my team and I at Kate Benson Photography! That said, with the help of my girls, we wrapped up early today (well almost, just waiting for one more client to get me a retouching list). So I took the time to snap some images out around my home and play with double exposure. I’ve loved the look of double exposure for a while and really wanted to do something with it. So here it is, be sure to let me know which of these is your favorite!
Donald J. Pliner has been one of my longest running clients to date. I hadn’t thought to do a behind-the-scenes video of working with them, but last week we were finally able to! Thankfully Marina, my intern, was available to come with us on the shoot in order to film throughout the day. Patti was kind enough to give a short interview about what is like working with me. This is what a typical shoot day for Donald J. Pliner shoes is like. Enjoy!
One of the best parts about shooting e-commerce photography is seeing how much more clients can do with the images I deliver! My client Christian Roth has fabulous eyewear! I’ve posted about it a few times because I really just love shooting it so much! A few weeks ago, Christian and Eric posted on their Instagram these incredibly creative composites. I had to grab a few screen shots of them and reshare. My personal favorite is the sunglasses set. If you think this is cool, you should see their website!
Naturally, I have a pair that I wear every. single. day.
Recently, my client Cosabella has teamed up with FX to collaborate on a project for their show The Americans. In the cross promotion, they needed some sexy still life shots of a few of their signature pieces. The still life was designed out with FX to go along with window displays and other in store cross overs. It was a bit last minute when they called for the shots because everything needed to happen fast enough for FX to have time to do design work on the shots but we made it work! As always, I had a blast shooting for Cosabella! Here are a few of my shots in use on Cosabella’s website and email blast:
Back in September I spent some time shooting for one of my clients who purchases vintage Chanel handbags and resells them on her website. This is yet another type of e-commerce shoot. As you have seen with my previous blogs about e-commerce photos, the product is obviously the focus, and quite often the only object in the photo. With clothing, there is typically an on-model shot as well, where the clothing is still the focus of the shoot and the model is simply a live hanger for the garment. For this shoot, the client wanted on-model shots. The focus still needed to be the handbags, however, the models needed to be dressed. So, this involved some choices in clothing and styling that did not detract from the handbags. As you can see in the following photos, the garments chosen were in basic colors which complimented the purse, typically without large patterns or textures. Blacks, reds, and whites all helped to serve as a live background for the handbags.
Another consideration is the framing of the photo. Again, it is imperative that the purse be the focal point of the photo. By using a model but not including her entire face, you are drawn to the item instead of the eyes of the model. The model is simply a prop for the handbag instead of the other way around. In each photo above, if the photo had included the model’s entire body, the purse would not have been in the center of the photo. Instead, it would have been in the bottom 1/4 of the photo (in the case of the plaid handbag), or the top 1/3 of the photo (in the case of the black handbag).
Clearly there are many different types of e-commerce shoots and countless things to consider when shooting e-commerce photos. A few main points to remember: keep your product in mind, maintain clarity in the image, and take into account the structure of the photo.