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Crazy Hedgehogs

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

I have been working on website designs for a French nursery school called Le Herisson (The Hedgehog). The brief was to make the website fun for parents to look at with their young children, so I couldn't resist the opportunity to create some of my own hedgehog artworks (children-style).

The black line was sketched on scrap paper then scanned. The colour layers were added in photoshop so that I could change them easily. Each of the illustrations were then saved to the same size and uploaded to a demo website page for the client to see.

If the illustrations were in the same order it would look too tidy, so I created a small php script that made them appear randomly across the page.

I also tried displaying whole screens of just one of the illustrations repeated – which gave a much more wallpaper-like appearance.

The website is now completed – so you can see the finished project.

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Spot The Fake!

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Well as you might have guessed, they are all fake. When shooting products I often have to create images of items that don't actually exist.

From this selection the patchwork quilt was by far the most difficult as I didn't have samples of all the fabrics either. The white areas of the quilt are actually a mattress protector from BHS that I shot and manipulated to fit the perspective.

The giant foot stool in the middle was easy as it was just changed from pink to green, the peg bag is actually two napkins shot then patched together with shading around the edge to make it look more like a bag. The pair of pink slippers was actually only one slipper. The other is a duplicate. The oven gloves actually had stripes on the back so this is made up along with the faked quilting pattern too.

Finally the two tea towels at the bottom are actually from cushions twisted and duplicated with a small shadow to make them look convincing.

What do you think? Let me know!

See more photographs for Ragged Rose.

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New Photos for BD Foods

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

These shots were taken specifically to send to one of BD Foods’ stockists, the foodservice company Thomas Ridley.

This time the sauces were from lots of different countries so there was no quick way to whizz through taking all the photos. Each one had to be planned in advance with props sourced from Ebay, in London or from my rapidly growing prop hire cupboards!

As the food itself is NOT the focal point of the photographs, I had to contrive a method of getting the sauces shown in a bowl or jug each time so that the customer would realise they were buying a sauce and not a ready meal.

The photographs are of sauces to accompany foods from: America, Africa, Britain, Mexico, Chinese, Japanese and Italian.

See more food photographs for BD Foods

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Website Menu for BD Foods

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

I designed the website menu for BD Foods, based on a sample from each category of their product range. Initially I chose a selection of products of different colours and textures to make each one distinctive. I then shot all the background images first. This meant I could experiment with different textures and lighting without having to also worry about the spoons at the same time. A range of shots were taken of each background, I then set up the spoons, all shot on a plain grey background with the spoon held on a mould, so that it was always at the same angle and position, despite all the washing and cleaning in between photographs. All the spoon shots were then cutout and layered on top of their respective backgrounds in one file so that all the elements could be lined up accurately. Each of the backgrounds was then moved independently to achieve the best combination image. See how they work on the BD Foods website.

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Packaging Shots for BD Foods

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

I am working on the website and designs for BD Foods in St. Leonard’s. Each of the products is supplied to different clients in different packaging, so to standardise the appearance on-line, I decided to shoot empty bottles and containers without labels.

Each of the containers was shot on its own, then cutout. This group shot was made up of different layers in Photoshop. By making some of the layers slightly see-through it was possible to give the effect of semi-transparent plastics. (See the two squeezy bottles in the middle of the group).

I have also shot example products to appear in the menu of the website. Plus a whole range of food shots to use on the website… more blog photos coming soon!

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Making Filters Look Sexy!

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

David Janes at Classic Filters gave me the challenge to make their filters look appealing. The main problem with this kind of lighting is the DUST. Thankfully David brought some stainless steel polishing gloves which helped to buff them up and remove any finger prints. I shot each combination of filters on four different coloured backgrounds. Both as a shallow depth of field (as here) with lovely blurry backgrounds, as well as the more predictable pin sharp version. Once I was happy with the background and lighting I moved around the products to find their most flattering viewpoint. The filters are very heavy stainless steel, incredibly well-made and beautifully tactile. I think they could easily be sold in the Conran shop as works of art !

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Copenhagen Candles Design Updates

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Copenhagen Candles are constantly changing their range of perfumed candles – and the packaging too.

These are a range of simple labels for their newest range of ultra-stylish candles with beautiful stainless steel lids.

All the shots where taken here in the studio, with a few cheats along the way. Vanilla flowers are hard to find, so this is in fact the bottom of a plastic milk bottle chopped up and yellow highlighter pen added to the back.

The baby powder had the bottom chopped of and then clamped to a stand. The powder could then be topped up without taking the set to pieces. The flow of powder looked ok but I thought maybe water or milk might give a more defined edge. Wrong! it just sloshed all over the studio floor, but worth a try. The final shot had the stream of powder retouched and curved down in photoshop.

The last shot is waiting for a little jewellery box ‘treasure chest’ to put the faux Frankincense and Myrrh into. I put a bid in for two on Ebay and managed to win both of them, so will have to see which of the two looks the best.

Having researched the Frankincense and Myrrh resins I found a remarkable likeness to them in sugar crystals and dried apricots! so watch this space to see what the final shot looks like.

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Maison Catalogue Update

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Now this year’s big furniture shows are over and the new ranges have been chosen, its time for me to up-date Maison’s hundred and fifty page catalogue. This year the changes have generated another 10 pages to the catalogue. Most of the job involves scanning and cutting out their supplier’s photos. For me the best part is combining the furniture into their collection pages. The pages are used in the catalogue, website and for their in-store point of sale, so they have to look simple, informative, and attractive. Read more about my work for Maison.

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Copenhagen Candles Website

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

The website for Copenhagen candles was an absolute necessity following the interest generated by the catalogue created earlier this year.

The site uses the square pages from the catalogue along side a narrow vertical menu on the left hand side.

The navigation works like an accordion. Opening and closing when you click on the headings so you can see the sub-sections.

The final job is to shoot all the new products Bo and Kelly at Copenhagen Candles have created over the last few months!

Read more about my work for Copenhagen Candles.

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Mary Ensor Website update

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Relocating the Tunbridge Wells store has given a change to refresh the website. When the move is complete the site update will go online. Here are some screen shots of the chairs and lights pages.

 

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Mary Ensor Move

Monday, August 4th, 2008


I am working on the re-direction package for the relocation of the Mary Ensor store from Tunbridge Wells to Frant. Here is the poster and map to appear outside the store.

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