Looking for some new art for your walls? Well, I have got you covered. I just added two new photos from my Small Town series to my Etsy shop.
The first is a city street in Amador City, California. I love the colors and the eclectic taste of each business front! Click on the pics to visit my shop.
The second is a red and white door from Plymouth, California. Door photography is a popular subject and I think full of personality. I feel when you paint your door unique colors and designs it says so much about the person you are!
All of my fine art photos are currently digital downloads. When you purchase the file you'll get to instantly download it. From there you can have it printed anywhere! Personally, I think Costco does a great job for an affordable art work option, just remember to mark "don't color correct" at checkout.
See the entire Small Town series thus far here.
In 2019 I was working on a series of photographs of small towns. I visited about 5 different small towns near my hometown of Placerville. This was my first series I had in a gallery.
My plan in 2020 was to continue this series and go deeper into each town's history. I love historical places, especially if they have interesting or sinister stories. Because of the pandemic, my hopes for this series got squashed.
Hopefully, 2021 I'll be able to explore the world of small towns again. For now, the entire series in viewable in my fine art gallery. Over the course of this week I'll also be adding the rest of the photos to my Etsy shop for purchase.
If you were me where would you visit next?
The number one reason products don't sell is crappy photos. Don't believe me? Start looking at your own buying habits and pay attention to what appeals to you. I guarantee the product has beautiful photos in different settings and helps you understand exactly what the product is.
So if you are doing that for other's products don't you think people are doing it for your products too? Below I list essential photos you must have for every product!
1. Black and White Backgrounds
When I photograph for products I always take simple shots of the product against both a black background and white background. I do this because everyone has a different aesthetic and it gives the clients more options.
2. The Creative or Lifestyle Shot
Depending on what your product is it's important to show the product within a context. This helps the consumer visualize them using it in their own home. Or if, like in the case of Capital Label Company, lifestyle photos don't really go with the product I get creative. Creative shots don't have to be elaborate either. Creative shots can be a variety of placements for the product like in the second shot below.
3. It's All in the Details
Highlight your product's quality by capturing the unique details of it. Ever see a product on a marketplace like Etsy and wonder what it looks like up close for that cheap price? Use up close shots to answer that question visually for your product.
4. Size or Scale
Getting an accurate depiction of your products size is important, especially if your customer is going to wear it or put it in their home or office. You can often do this with lifestyle shots, but if your product isn't a wearable or something to that nature there are other ways to show size like putting it next to similar items.
6. All Together Now
Selling a product that has multiple things in it, a bundle of something? You definitely need to show it together as a group because it helps the customer understand that they are getting multiples of something not just one.
7. How it's Made
Many consumers are very conscious of what they are buying these days. They want to know where it comes from, who made it and what materials it's made with. It builds trust to show your process and build authenticity with your customers by letting them behind the scenes.
That's All Folks
Those are the basic shots every product needs. Of course, there are more you can add such as a shot of your packaging or something that could be particular to your item.
If you're interested in working with me for your product photography please contact me by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of my favorite clients to work with is Capital Label Company. They always give me a variety of product to work with that feature their labels. They also allow me some creative freedom for their products as well and I love coming up with different themes for their labels.
They are currently working on a new website but if you are looking for professional and easy people to work with for labels here is their website.
Where do you find inspiration?
As a photographer I try to look outside of my industry because I have a tendency to compare myself to others. Comparing myself to others has lead me in the wrong directions too many times. So now I look for inspiration in other things I love like illustrations, books and music.
Here are the three things that are inspiring me right now:
1. Creative Pep Talk Podcast
If you have never heard of the Creative Pep Talk you are missing out. You should have a serious case of FOMO right this second. Andy J. Pizza is a one of kind spirit that knows a ton about how creatives work. He speaks my creative language and I love it! Here is a link to the lastest episode...
2. Hello Fears by Michelle Poler
I used to be so independent, but ever since I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis it changed the way I started to think. I am now more fearful than I have ever been (the pandemic doesn't help either). So I am reading this as a boost to get back to my independent confidence.
Here's a link to her website if you are interested in her book and project.
3. The Mandalorian Gallery
Plain and simple this is a behind scenes look into how they made the popular series. I am a sci fi nerd so this is right up my alley, plus I love the process of doing creative work more than I love the result.
If you haven't seen I highly recommend the series on Disney+.