Shooting objects is hard. Food comes easily to me – I can share the taste, story, heritage, ingredients in a single shot. The love that goes into harvesting the ingredients and preparing the meal comes out in the photograph. But how about objects?
Here, I redirect story-telling toward creating a welcoming, interesting, but not-too-engaging environment for each piece. The client’s design should be the highlight, but it should also nestle comfortably in the midst of other objects.
I tried to strike this balance in a recent photoshoot for Flavio Carvalho, a designer at Method. His work is clean, beautiful, and gridlike – so I aimed to create the same aesthetic for his handmade pieces, whether through sourcing objects or arranging them.
Here are snippets of the design brief:
Here are my top picks of the final photos:
You should definitely check out the photos live on Flavio’s site. I love his layout and quirky branding for the lamps.