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Reach the Beach!

In Catalog Photography, Cosmetics, Digital Photography, Photography, Product Photography, Studio, website photography on July 23, 2008 at 2:29 pm



Sure we have beach scenes in Seattle. You want your products photographed against a setting sun? We can do that! This was our challenge for Paula’s Choice recently. With some digital magic and a bit of summer inspiration, we were able to bring the sunshine inside our Seattle studio. 

For the cosmetics photograph, we needed to bring the products together seamlessly with a stock photo background, so we shot them on a painted adirondack chair against a blue seamless background to match the blue sky. This helped create the right reflections in our shiny products when photographed in our studio. Precise masking was needed to knock out that background and reveal the sunny beach photo. Throw in some blurring to the background for depth, and you have a convincing composite that puts the Paula’s Choice products at a summer hot spot.

For the skincare product image, we added seashells, towels, and of course sand. Lots of sand. When photographing sand, you need a decent amount to create the proper contours and forms. While digital photography makes reviews a snap, there is a certain amount of trial and error to get the sand to flow just right while keeping the product from looking messy. Our client had the cool idea to make impressions in the sand with shells which took some finesse as well.


We are always ready to take our photo productions on location, but it is nice to know that we can get you there in other ways when necessary.  Through email, our client was able to oversee every variation and create just the right images for their summer product promotions!