Henley Chocolates

This was our third shoot for Sally at Henley Chocolates, this time it was a bumper one with over eighty final images produced over the four days of shooting. We had a mixed brief this time, a batch of truffles shot as catalogue images for use on labels and a whole range of editorial style shots for the chocolate bars, truffles, specialities etc.

Creatively it kept us on our toes as we had to find a different set up for each product, whilst staying within a consistent theme across the specific product groups.

Sally was delighted with the results and the images are already appearing on her web site. Here are some examples:

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After Dark Chocolates
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Chocolate added to a jam!
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Hand made truffle – image created for labels – no retouching requested to show a true hand made look
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Just the thing for your handbag!
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Hearts and roses created with a romantic feel
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The zesty taste of Limoncello truffles
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Can you taste the cherries?
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Can you spot the subtle mention of Seville on the page of the book?
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This time its ginger
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Notice how the map, keys and sunglasses help tell the story behind the VW van chocolates.

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A World of Time

Untitled Session0992It was great to have the opportunity to work with Matt at A World of Time, an amazing business based in Warwickshire specialising in the sale, restoration and repair of clocks and watches.

The brief for the shoot was to provide a set of images for a new web site for the business along with a number of individual product shots, which were to be used to sell stock on-line.

We wanted to capture the intricacy of the very specialist work that Matt does and to show off his skills and knowledge for use in the main part of the web site. For the clocks and watches, we needed to bring out their high quality whilst maintaining an honest representation of what was being sold. All of the products were genuine items of significant value, so great care had to be taken in handling each one.

Untitled Session0859Above we have one example of a beautiful vintage pocket watch that Matt was selling through his site.

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In the above shot we were able to show one of the fabulous Breitling watches in a contextual manner with all of the accompanying original packaging and guarantee papers.

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Here we have used a macro approach to show the detail of the workings of one of the vintage pocket watches.

For us this was a really exciting project to work on as we had to combine a number of approaches – workplace shots to show the unique abilities and skills offered by the business, classic catalogue shots for on-line sales and macro work to bring out the details in some of the products. All of this was achieved in a day and half on-site shoot.

Wedding Favours

This was a second shoot for Kevin and Lisa at Springfield Kitchen, this time it is was for their lovely wedding favours. These are small gifts that are given to guests at weddings and incorporate the core products of the business – jams, chutneys etc.

The brief was to develop a range of lifestyle shots to show the products in the context of a wedding table layout. The key to this shoot was creativity. We wanted to create a romantic luxury setting in a fairly high key mood for some of the shots. One had a more rustic feel so a different approach was required there.

We feel that this shoot not only illustrates the technical quality of the end product that we produce but also how we can add creativity to the whole process for our clients.

Below is short video showing some of the images produced – it may take a little while to load but we ask you for your patience as we think it is worth it.

Here is what Kevin and Lisa kindly posted as a review on our Facebook page – “Andrew and Unni took some amazing photos of our products which will help to take our business up a level. Their attention to detail is fantastic. We can’t recommend highly enough and will use them again in the future. Many thanks.”

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The Powis Arms

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This was a very interesting shoot for us. Whilst staying for a short break at Walcot Hall in Shropshire, we were asked by the owners to undertake a shoot of the The Powis Arms public house. The pub has recently been taken back into the direct control of the Walcot Estate and is going through a very nice revamp. So one week later we returned to the estate for the actual shoot.

Our brief was to take images of selected plated dishes that have been developed by the chef and shots of the newly refurbished bedrooms (they also provide B&B) and the bar areas.

It was a great team effort by all the staff and owners of the pub including Amanda, the new manager.

We started in the bar area before the lunch time customers started arriving and even managed some shots of the owners’ dogs as they laid by the open fire.

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We then moved on to taking the food shots – here we were very fortunate as the chef and staff produced some magnificent dishes all presented very professionally.

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Finally, we moved on to one of the bedrooms. This had been tastefully styled by Amanda and the team to show the cosy, warm atmosphere that they have now created.

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Off to a flyer

gb-header-12016 saw the start of the business and it really went better than we could have forecast. During the first six months I finished off my Level 3 City & Guilds Photography studies at Royal Leamington Spa College and after lots of hard work I was delighted to receive Distinctions in all areas. That was the impetus we needed to start the business. So after 40 years of taking photographs as a hobbyist, I had finally achieved my schoolboy dream of becoming a commercial photographer.

But starting a business is one thing, making it all happen is another. Now the real work started – how to get clients? The first thing to do was to build an initial portfolio. To do this Unni and I approached a number of businesses and explained what we were trying to do and to our delight we had a really positive response – the results of which you can see in some of the previous posts on this blog.

Within a few months we had built our initial portfolio and developed the web site and created the Facebook page for the business Check it out here.

In December, we made a significant investment in top of the range Profoto studio lighting equipment and quickly put it to use in a shoot we did for Gosh Boutique (a new blog post on this to follow soon).

January is looking good with three shoots already agreed – one fashion, one product and one food related. Unni and I are really excited to get working on these new challenges. If you are looking for images to promote your business why not contact us today for an initial chat. Contact us.

Thanks to all that have supported us so far, we look forward to working again with you soon.

Cowshed Eaterie & Tea Rooms

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Big breakfast being served by Rod

Last week we had the pleasure of working on a shoot for the Cowshed at Wootton Wawen near Henley in Arden, Warwickshire. Our brief for this assignment was to try to capture the atmosphere of the warm, relaxing environment of the eaterie and show customers enjoying themselves and the wonderful food.

The owners, Rod and Julia wanted us to try to show energy in the images through movement blur and contemporary angles. The challenge on this shoot, apartment from getting hungry again looking at all the lovely food, was not to interfere with the normal running of the establishment. We were very aware of not disrupting the customers or making them feel uncomfortable. We were careful to engage with the customers before taking their photographs and they were all so friendly and happy for us to snap away.

The images were well received by Julia and the plan is to use them on social media and other marketing materials and we may even see them on the wall of the restaurant.

We will be back there again after Christmas to complete a shoot of the kitchen and plated foods. We really look forward to that.

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Having a laugh and joke are all part of the atmosphere here.
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Meeting up for a chat and catching up on the latest news

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Hinton’s Specialist Bakehouse

The big challenge for this shoot was self discipline in the presence of such amazing pies. We were delighted to get the opportunity of working with Emma and Ian Hinton, especially as they kindly invited us into their home bakery to undertake the shoot. They wanted us to try to capture some editorial style shots of their produce for use on their website, which they are currently working on and for other marketing materials.

The produce had been freshly baked and allowed to cool prior to the shoot but needed to be kept in the right conditions to keep it fresh, which is why the shoot was conducted at the bake house rather than in our studios.

We particularly did not want to create bland white or black backdrops but rather keep the homely touch by giving small hints of real world elements such as furniture etc just out of focus.

We wanted to try to create a range of treatments but to retain the home baked feel as this is what makes the business really special. One of the first shots incorporated the old “cooking range”, slightly out of focus in the background, to add to the traditional feel.

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We then explored alternative shots of this amazing pie, including a shot of the cut out to show the lovely layers of meat:

The next shots show different approaches to the same subject including top down and a carefully styled editorial scenario. The very directional lighting shows the nice texture in the product:

Then we looked at sausage rolls and other fabulous filled pastry rolls, including vegetarian and curry flavoured ones. Here we wanted to show the sheer volume of filling and try to emphasise how succulent they are:

The next set up was for some individual vegetarian pies. We gradually built up this set from a solitary pie to the shot you see below where we created a feeling that it was a summery lunch time snack. The use of higher key lighting helps to create the feeling of warm, light, airy summer days.

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Finally, we set up a full banquet as would be provided by Hinton’s when they cater for corporate events etc. The challenge here was to show the scale and range of products that they can provide and to set it out in appealing way:

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Emma and Ian were delighted with the results of the shoot – and we were delighted with the wonderful lunch they served us after we had finished shooting and with the additional pies that they sent us home with. They are a wonderful couple and it was a real pleasure to do the shoot for them. We wish them well with some new and exciting plans that they have in the near future and hope to be part of that in some way.

Henley Chocolates

What could be better than being surrounded by chocolates? This is how we were when we did a location shoot for family run business Henley Chocolates. The business is located in a fabulous converted farmyard at Yew Tree Farm Craft Centre, Wootton Wawen, B95 6BY.

Initially, we had planned to shoot the products in the retail shop that Sally, the owner, runs on the site. However, as we would be using studio lights and backgrounds etc we felt that it might interfere with her customers too much. So, Sally arranged for us to use one of the other units on the site that was empty.

This turned out to be a great space to work in and we had soon set up all the kit and were starting to put together the editorial style images that we had been tasked to do. Sally is very keen to push the environmental side of the business and so we had prepared ourselves by gathering some fabulous autumn leaves to work in harmony with her new branded packaging. Here is one of the shots we started with:

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We followed up on this theme with a couple of variations:

 

Our next set up was to capture some scenarios for Christmas promotions. This time we used the black mirrored set up to create atmosphere.

The next challenge was to shoot the hot chocolate making kit and put it into a real life perspective, as would be found in a typical advertisement. Here we have given the dreamy soft glow to add warmth and effect:

 

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Sally was really delighted with the results of the shoot and we certainly enjoyed working with her in putting the project together. For us to work in such a great environment was a pleasure and we look forward to working there again someday soon.

Springfield Kitchen

We met this client at a food festival in Alcester and were taken in by their lovely products – so different and so tasty. In this shoot we tried to capture the essence of the business through the association with good natural ingredients as you will see from this image.

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We also tried to show the product in context through the creation of this breakfast scene where the lovely marmalade is being promoted. Note the careful placement of the props and modern lighting style to create an airy feel to the image.springfield-kitchen1126

Here we have tried to create mood and emotion using the warm colours of autumn to give the feeling the chilli’s in the jam might give on cold day.

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Some further examples from the shoot showing an editorial style using the classic black mirrored finish:

The client was very happy with the results of the shoot and is keen to continue to develop this approach with us. Call us today to discuss how we may be able to help your business – Contact us

Tiny Seeds Shoot

Blueberries with goats cheese This was our second shoot for Coventry based Tiny Seeds. Following the success of our first shoot the business decided to use us to produce a full range of product shots for their web based shop. They also wanted us to produce some additional editorial style shots for them. Right is one showing the lovely pickled blueberries with goats cheese.

We discussed if the product shots should be on a plain white seamless background or with a mirrored finish. They decided to go with the plain background without the  mirror but we couldn’t resist producing some of the editorial images with a black mirrored approach.

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This one was a particular challenge as the beer bottle label was full gloss, which meant that wherever we placed the lights they were reflected like mirrors. In the end the image is made up of 5 individual shots all combined to eliminate the unwanted reflections.

Whilst the beer is important in this shot in that it is an ingredient, the jar of mustard was the item being sold so it was important that this element carried the strongest area of light within the image.

The client was delighted with the work and are now in the process of upgrading their web shop with the new catalogue shots – an example of which can be seen below.

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