You might have noticed this week that I have changed my banners on my shops, I have been thinking a lot about the images I present and decided it was time to get a little help to ‘up my game’ as far as photographing my work is concerned.
I have been really lucky recently to have been introduced to a fantastic photographer Lottie Judd, she’s recently moved to Scotland and last year we were lucky enough to win a family photoshoot with her, over the last few months we met up a few times for coffee and a natter, we have a lot in common, neither of us are native Scots, we both love images, colour and jewellery and seem to find things to natter about endlessly, naturally it made sense to as Lottie to help me with my photography.
I knew that I needed an idea of what I wanted out of our session, I knew that I wanted help ‘staging’ my jewellery but I also wanted to create images that were inviting and warm, over a couple of days prior to Lottie coming over I collected a few props together including some lovely pussy willow sticks, pieces of wood and dried leaves/petals.
Lottie helped me to check my camera settings in manual were correct for the photos I wanted, we talked about depth of field (blurring the background so the foreground is in focus) we talked about F numbers and why they are important and we talked about white balance and light, more importantly I came away with some wonderful images, the knowledge to create them again and a sense of direction and purpose to take forward.
If you are a small craft business and you want help to polish your images and sharpen your skills I can honestly say investing in an few hours with a professional photographer who is happy to share their skills with you is invaluable! Consider these things:
- Choose someone who appreciates your work and understands the images you want to create.
- Choose someone who has patience and is willing to talk you through your camera and its settings
- Have a good idea of what you want to achieve before you pay for a session, look at Pinterest, think about how you want your images to ‘feel’ to the viewer.
You can see Lottie’s photography on her website here: http://www.lottiephotography.com and follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/lottiephotography/?fref=ts