Tuesday, July 21, 2009

An Ode to Friends, Product Photography and Apple Jacks


Today's Lesson : It's good to have friends. It's even better to have friends who are fellow designers, photographers, and artisans, with whom you can identify with, commiserate with and from time to time help each other out professionally. This is my story about how I overcame a funky rainy day, and the temptation of syndicated TV, to aide in bettering the business of one of my best jewelry biz buddies...

Unfortunately, when I awoke this morning, the day was already dreary and saturated by rain. I really hate mornings like that, don't you?  Mostly because I can never get myself going and I inevitably watch My So-Called Life re-runs all day or listen to music while laying in the middle of the floor in my living room, avoiding the shower and the rest of the world. This morning however, I knew I had a lot to do, and I was on a schedule. No messing around. No funny business. No My So-Called Life or Jordan Catalano. I needed to just suck it up and get working! Well, that's all fine and good in theory, but all the willing in the world won't motivate me if I'm in the midst of a rainy morning funk...I need a little something more...

Luckily, my sister has been staying with me the past few days, and with her, came a lovely box of Apple Jacks, which I had been resisting since their arrival a few days prior. I looked at the Apple Jacks this morning and decided, TODAY was the day I NEEDED the Apple Jacks more than ever. I was Popeye, and those Apple Jacks, were my canned spinach! The perfect brain food to kick start my day. It also kicks my problem solving skills into gear as I must always eat the Green Jacks with only Green Jacks, and the Orange with the Orange, weird I know, but if you haven't already come to the conclusion that I'm a weird one, today might as well be the day. Anyway, I enjoyed a bowl of Apple Jacks and thankfully, the 67000g of sugar it provided was just the thing I needed to kick myself into gear!

First on my agenda was to do some product shots for my dear friend, Allison aka RockLove, whom you met in an earlier post. I offered to work on shooting some of her jewelry for her while she frantically preps for her participation in the Teen Choice Awards gifting suite! We're on a bit of a time crunch so I knew I had to do it fast, efficiently, beautifully, and keeping within her darker, edgier, steampunkier kinda style. Needless to say, it is a departure from my own cheeky whimsical style. The shots above are a sampling of what I came up with. You like?

I gotta say, I am loving my new Tamron 90mm Macro lens, after taking shots of RockLove Jewelry all morning with it and coming up with gorgeous results, it's made me want to go back and reshoot all my product photos! Gahhh! That will be a lot of photo's to take, I will need to block out a full rainy day for it, and 2 boxes of Apple Jacks! Anyway, I love the shots I ended up with for RockLove, and I hope you do too! Oh yes, by the way, all these images are unedited so please excuse any imperfections :)

In conclusion I'd like to say, never underestimate the power of your favorite sugar loaded kids cereal and friends. You never know, they just might save your day too :)


7 comments:

balanced. said...

Mmm, I miss teh Apple Jacks.

You are a great friend. The photos are fab.

I wish I had a photographer friend around here, that would save me days of swearing. :P

LittleGemsbyKari said...

photos are great and i love rock love's jewelry!

Joy said...

I always say that you meet the right people at the right times. It is win/win for all involved.

RockLove said...

OMG these are amazing! You're hired! I'm serious, can I just hire your services for all product shots? Would you have time (for extra cash)? You have SKILLS woman! Mad skills!

xoxoxooxoxoxox

The Artist Behind A.N. Original Jewelry said...

Glad everyone likes em!

Bri said...

Very dark and edgy. They look like professional photos!

GreenTease said...

Photos look amazing yay to Apple jacks & great pals