Adding Interest to Product Photography

Lately I’ve been playing around with adding a little more interest to my product photography.  Just seeing a photo of pottery sitting on a piece of wood, can be very beautiful and compositionally interesting and fulfilling to look at, but lets face it, sometimes it can get a little boring to to look at piece after piece photographed the same way each time.  So here is what I’ve come up with for this week.

I took some photos of my pottery with me holding or using the pieces.  When browsing through the huge mountain of pieces of pottery for sale on Etsy, you may use the search words “handmade pottery platter” and you’ll see hundreds of wheel thrown handmade pottery platters with nice lighting and nice backdrops or settings, but not many will come up with an actual person in the photo.  When we see a photo with a person in it, that photo stands out, grabs our attention, catches our eye and we have more of a tendency to click on that photo to get a closer look.  We want to see more images of what this person is holding, find out more about this shop, how that product is being used, who is running the shop and making the items, and just what it’s all about.

For these photos, I took them with natural lighting on an overcast day spilling in though a large north facing widow and a not so expensive SONY SLR camera.

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If you’d like to get a closer look at these pieces, hop on over to my Etsy site at www.riverstonepottery.etsy.com.

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Sometimes, you just have to stop.  Most days, there’s really no reason to.  You can just go about your ordinary business, comfortably checking tasks off your normal to-do list.  On those days it would seem silly to just stop, sit, and do nothing on those regular ordinary days.  But not all days are ordinary days, and sometimes you just have to stop.

When you are covered from head to toe several layers thick with your to-do list and can’t seem to grab hold of one thing as a solid place to start.  All your tasks are wildly swirling all around your head making you feel like you are drowning and you need someone to throw you a life preserver.  If someone would just step in and save you from this overwhelming mess.  If someone would just help.  If someone would just….  Sometimes, you just have to stop….breathe…rest…and be still.

What would happen if you didn’t get it all done?  If you didn’t meet your deadline?  If the time came and you weren’t ready.  What would happen?  Would someone be disappointed?  Probably, yes, maybe, perhaps… but people can wait.  People can wait, or they can go on about their business and do something else until you are ready.  So what!?  Why do we put these deadlines in our lives and in the lives of people around us?  What’s the purpose of pushing someone beyond their limits until they just crack?!  People crack and break!!!  We are fragile.

Sometimes, you just have to stop and KNOW it will all be ok.  Everything will get done, one thing at a time, as you can handle it.  No pressure.  No hurrying. No making yourself crazy to meet a deadline.

How many little special moments that were not on your to-do list have you missed because you were hurrying to get something “more important” done?  how many? and how many more?

I looked into my backyard and saw this beautiful little tent my son made with a bed sheet, some sticks, and his two little hands.  I missed it.  I missed watching his creative thoughts take shape.  His verbal exploration of ideas.  His growing ability to build and create.  All so I could GET STUFF DONE!  I don’t even remember what half of that stuff was!!!  It all gets washed away to the septic tank in our minds and gets flushed away forever.  Instead, focus needs to be shifted to these little growing, thriving, lively people in my life that truly matter.  I see that little tent and I look longingly forward to our upcoming family camping trip in the mountains where the only thing on my to-do list will be spending time with my 3 children and husband.  We will all be on a mission together to have fun and create memories that won’t get washed away.  What’s more important than that?

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There have been times when sadness wrapped me up like an itchy wool blanket that I could not crawl out of and get away from.  Times when the idea of love, kindness, and joy were so far from my soul that I felt like I was stuck in a dark, empty hole.  But I have learned this truth; sadness stands on the doorstep of happiness.  If we are not slung into those dark times, we never will appreciate and learn to simply rest in and soak up the good times.  The good times in my life don’t consist of wild parties or extravagant vacations, big shopping sprees, or big purchases that I have to save up for years for.  To the contrary.  The good times in my life actually consist of the simple things such as snuggling on the couch with one of my children, reading a good book with them, enjoying a delicious meal, reading a good article, getting a foot rub on the couch from my husband, evening walks with my family just as the sun is going down, getting lost in the act of creating in my studio, and getting lost in special memories from my childhood that make me feel like my life has been so deeply and richly blessed.

Am I thankful for the dark times?

Yes.

Without them, too much would be taken for granted.

Inner spiritual growth would not have taken place.