I recently had the great experience of having my first professional photoshoot for my jewelry – finally on a model! I hired Numidas Prasarn (www.numiempire.com) as producer and photographer, and she made the entire experience easy and fun. We met early one Sunday at Forgotten Works Studios (www.forgottenworksstudios.com) in Brooklyn and got to work. The studio was perfect for us as it was affordable, offered just enough space, a variety of backgrounds (we chose the aging white brick wall) and plenty of decaying-vintage props (which we didn’t end up using but I hope to in the future).
Styling services were provided by Jessica Park who brought some great outfits for the day, including that fantastic black jumpsuit by Kristi Vosbeck (kristivosbeck.com) you see pictured with my Chiro necklace. The model was Carina who made my jewelry look quite good. Excitingly, the multi-talented Danielle Hills, amazing metalsmith of Gilding Primal Instinct fame (www.guildingprimal.com), handled makeup and hair.
Overall, I think the shoot was a success. This was my first, and of course I learned some lessons that I’ll apply to the future. First and foremost, I need to think about the specific combinations of jewelry and the kinds of clothing I’d like paired with each before the shoot. Additionally, I would be a bit more careful about making a shot list to make sure I had exactly the variety of shots I want and not stress over whether we got everything. I would also pay a bit more attention to the lighting on the jewelry – we spent so much time getting the light on the model looking good that we lost some highlights on the jewelry! Luckily, post-processing is miraculous and my jewelry will look as great in the images as it does in person.