A product photography workshop could do this for you too!
I want to praise a little welsh ceramics business and shop to the skies today. I’m talking about Glosters of Porthmadog in North Wales. I’ve been admirers of theirs for a few years now, as I have a troubling addiction to artisan jugs, bowls, plates, mugs, vases… It precedes my days as a professional photographer, but has been made much worse by the fact that I now need beautiful ceramics as props.
Glosters make seriously beautiful ceramics and I was thrilled when Myfanwy contacted me to ask if she could book a product photography workshop with me. Although I was a little worried I might end up in the red after buying half her stock!
She and her lovely husband Tom turned up at the studio with boxes and boxes of goodies and we spent a fantastic 4 hours concentrating on photography techniques and styling. Myfanwy had a D-SLR camera but didn’t have the best lens for product photography. I advised her to get a 50mm f/1.8 lens – just Google the Nifty Fifty and see what a cult status it has amongst photographers.
Once Myfanwy had got to grips with camera settings, we moved on to styling the image. The key way to engage people and make your image stop them in their tracks is to tell a story, which provokes an emotion.
We styled this image together during the workshop, setting a simple scene of someone browsing design ideas in a book, whilst enjoying a cuppa. Colour helps this image feel harmonious and the focus is clearly on the product – the mug.
As a creative Myfanwy picked this up incredibly quickly and I’ve loved seeing her images on Instagram go from strength to strength. Browsing through the lovely Glosters Porthmadog feed on Instagram, you can see how she is always on the lookout for topical subject matter that engages and looks beautiful.
Her images make me smile and I applaud her creativity. I know that she and Tom are run off their feet almost all the time and it must be really difficult to make the time to set up and take these shots. But somehow she does and it really pays off.
Effort like this and shots like this work – no doubt about it. So if you’ve got beautiful products that are not getting the online attention they deserve, then please get in touch and we can work some magic together. 📸✨💫🌟
p.s. I can’t wait to see Myfanwy on the Christmas Food Styling and Photography Workshop in two weeks time. Especially as she is bringing lots of lovely ceramics as props 😍