HAM goes local at West Elm

Last month I spent a lovely day in the studio with designer Jo Ham and 'paper wizard' Annabel Lam. The resulting shots (below) were used to promote the 'West Elm Local' display in the Tottenham Court Road store. It's a rotating three month in store pop-up to showcase London-based designers and also one of HAM's first forays into colour!

Read more on West Elm's London Facebook page + follow @westelmlondon on Instagram to stay up-to-date on #westelmlocal in London.


Some wonderful card shot were also created (featuring the new rabbits, below) - check out the custom made props!

 

 

Recent shoots outside the city

I love my job. Here's some highlights from recent tours to Hove, Winchester, Essex, Nottingham and Saxmundham. Every shoot seemed to involve animals... Nothing like a summer's day in the English countryside. Always nice to return to home in London though.

Club Matters on location near Winchester. Was supposed to be photographing tablemats but the flock of peacocks (literally - there's over 20 resident there) kept distracting me!

Club Matters on location near Winchester. Was supposed to be photographing tablemats but the flock of peacocks (literally - there's over 20 resident there) kept distracting me!

While at the Cole of London manor, I was again directed by animals, this time the three beautiful cats. I did manage to also photograph the lovely Bone China however!

Cole of London on location in Saxmundham. Yes those are real strawberries and yes, we ate them. Tough shoot.

Another shoot, another cat. This time at a lovely cottage near Harlow Town with For All We Know.

More Bone China fun in the sun, with For All We Know.

Fun with MIBO in Hove. We took the animals into the garden. This dude seems right at home.


New Designers panel

I'm proud to announce I'll be on a panel alongside Craft Central, Etsy, Cockpit Arts, SPACE Studios and many more excellent people at the The Design Trust Start Up Day at New Designers, 26 June.

Image credit: www.newdesigners.com

Image credit: www.newdesigners.com

This information-packed day will run 10.30am – 4.30pm, featuring interviews with journalists, talks and themed panel discussions with a wide range of professional organisations and businesses from across the UK, who can help you to start and run a better creative business.

View the full schedule and book tickets via the Design Trust website for just £9 in advance instead of £14.50 on the door.

http://www.thedesigntrust.co.uk/start-up-day-new-designers-london/

First impressions

I'll bet you'll scan this page, including the image below, and move on to another in less than 5 seconds.

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Still with me?

I was thinking today about how fast we digest content. When I'm editing 150-200 images from a typical product shoot, I'm scanning through at quite a rate, but there are some images (such as the one above) that make me stop.

I'm sure it's a combination of things, but for me, principally it's about light and composition.

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Photography deserves dedicated time - first impressions count more now than ever before.

The great images may sometimes be created by chance, but it's always within the wider context of diligent work.

Get in touch to see how I could create some for you.

Refresh!

Yesh&Tash have been busy creating a new look for the site! The initial design had a good two year run - time for a spring clean.

I'm especially pleased with how the images galleries are laid out. The collage effect on the galleries was not immersive enough before, but now bleeds full screen and is a great showcase for the shots. The site looks damn good from 27" screen to mobile - but please let me know if anything is not looking top notch on your device :-)

 

We tried out several logo ideas, but when I saw this - no contest! Sharp, with a hint of texture.

We tried out several logo ideas, but when I saw this - no contest! Sharp, with a hint of texture.

Tash pulled out the paints and layered up one of her lovely custom textures for my social icons - no vectors here!

Tash pulled out the paints and layered up one of her lovely custom textures for my social icons - no vectors here!

If you're thinking, 'I would love a site like that'... take a look at what Yesh&Tash can create with pens and pixels.

Product Photo Sessions with Folksy!

I've teamed up with the Folksy team to offer six makers a product shoot at a discounted rate.

We'll be choosing a diverse range of product types and using the shoots to share some great tips on how to make your products look awesome!

The London shoots will take place on 13/14 March and my home studio. Then it's up to Sheffield on 27 March for the final shoots at Folksy HQ!

Read more and find out how to apply.

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The difference a studio can make

My work has taken me all over London, shooting in homes, workshops, on the street and even a manor house - every shoot is different. From ceramics to textiles and jewellery it's crucial I'm able to adapt and improvise around the products in a variety of spaces.

Here's some examples...

Making it work in a small space with Waffle.

On location at Cockpit Arts, Depford - DIY backdrop!

Shooting some cheese boards at the home studio - note stairs, far too close to tripod!

Many of the shoots take place in my home studio. It's small, but those who have worked with me know I can get a tremendous amount out of the space. Using simple props and backgrounds to place the products in an appropriate setting, from a work desk, to a bathroom or dining table - not to mention our famous white brick wall!

However, sometimes there is no substitute for a larger space. It's not all about the products, but also the peace of mind for the client. Being able to lay out your range and create multiple setups is important for any designer, this gives you perspective - and it's more relaxing than cramming it all into a tiny room! 

Shooting cutout images for Woven Oak at Studio Four N16.

Studio Flock setup in Studio Four. This space is wonderful, every shoot I've done here has been great.

Take Studio Four for example, where I've worked on several shoots now. It's not just a beautiful space, with lovely window light, but also has a relaxing atmosphere. My shoots there with Studio Flock (textiles), Feral Sphere (Fashion and accessories) and most recently Woven Oak and Iozzolino Design (cushions/lampshades) have all demonstrated the power of the studio!

UPDATE 7.6.14: You can see more results from Studio Four by checking out my recent work with HAM, Victoria Eggs, Jemima Vine and The National Portrait Gallery Shop.

Lighting some lighting for Iozzolino Design.

If you're shooting cushions for example (I shoot a lot of cushions!) you can create an intimate setup on a tabletop or chair without too much trouble, but what if you want to use a couch, a bench or show a wider range of designs? A larger work space gives you options to layout your scene and allows the photographer more options to stand back and shoot from different angles.

A lovely example of wide window light, streaming in across the scene.

A lovely example of wide window light, streaming in across the scene.

Of course, perhaps most importantly, there's the issue of light. The larger the space, the softer the light and the more options you have to use studio lighting to create a mood. Natural light is wonderful, but especially in winter it's in short supply!

Scroll down for some more examples of the difference a studio can make..

In 2014 I'll be creating some great studio packages for designer/makers, in some cases offering subsidised spaces to keep the shoots affordable. Drop me a line to find out more.