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Product Photography - Thinking beyond the box: Brisbane Commercial Photography

The humble product photograph gets a bad rap sometimes. Big brands with matching budgets do some amazing work with water splashes, beautiful day long studio sessions for a single image or even hours placing individual sesame seeds on a burger bun by a team of food designers to ensure the most delicious looking food product that simply can’t be replicated in the real restaurant.

But many smaller and medium sized businesses don’t feel they have the budget for such things and instead think along the lines of the pure white background studio style catalogue product shot for ease and fast turn around.

And while that work also has a massive place in this word of internet shopping and online shop pages on a website, it’s well worth taking some time to think about what can be achieved with just a few drops of creativity, a little time and bringing on board the right people.

Lifestyle product shots are a classic way of pushing slightly out of the box to not only show the item itself but also build an emotional context around it and pushing the aspirational aspects of the product or highlighting its key points of difference in its market.

Emily recently undertook a shoot for a small local ‘one-lady band’ jewellery maker. Budget was tight, it would have been easy to do a simple in studio catalogue shoot but these beautiful pieces are individually hand dried flora encased in resin, freezing their beauty for all time.

 A sterile studio shoot seemed such a waste and so instead we celebrated the essence of the product and took it back to nature sourcing a beautiful roof top swimming pool garden in the CBD where we could work with models, the garden features and the sophistication of the surroundings to present the product in such a way that highlighted both the up-market luxury brand of the hand crafted pieces but also the organic foundation in nature.

Despite the lifestyle nature of the shoot the half day spent on location enabled us to create enough varied images to satisfy a wide range of usage from online selling store images to social media, website intro pages and general marketing material images.

Now you may be thinking, “hey that’s cool, but doing this with jewellery seems logical and quite easy… I make widgets, how do you get creative with that?”

Well another recent shoot I (Andy) did was with a local metals company that sell metal bars and strips in copper, bronze, iron and so on. The initial meeting with the client went along the lines of “Yep we have these products and need a load of product shots which show it exactly as it is for the catalogue side of our website but we also want to do something more but we haven’t got a clue how to do that and we need ideas”. 

Essentially this company, like most of their competitors, were used to dealing with their standard clients in the construction industry etc who were very straight and linear in their approach. They need a piece of metal this circumference and this long and they want to simply see that the company has it and then they want to buy it (this is where the clinical studio product shot is king…. It shows exactly what is on offer).

But they also had realised that their customers were changing and now started to include architects, installation artists, interior designers and more artistic individuals who were buying metals direct or were becoming key influencers over there standard customers.

As a result they wanted images that could take them into a new zone where they could challenge the conventional look of their industry sector.

Wondering around their yards I found bins full of off cuts of all these wonderful metals, where in cutting the rods or cylinders, the insides had become amazingly burnished and beautiful and where the company saw scrap pieces I saw the most wonderful shapes and textures and reflective surfaces and thought, why don’t we use these off cuts to create artworks in their own right.

So, I thought, why not just lay a massive 3m x 3m piece of backdrop paper on the floor and then lay out all these different offcuts and scrap pieces into amazing geometric three-dimensional patterns of shape, reflection, shadow and light.

In my minds eye I could see the end result, but while I am an artist when I have a camera in my hand I am not great in other mediums…. That is why I have someone like Emily as my business partner, a new media, design specialist and photographer. She came on site and between us we created four three dimensional pieces of art in Bronze, Copper, Brass and Iron and then hanging off a high platform I photographed from above as single gigantic flat lays. Then we started moving around them and shooting from different angled exploring the shapes and forms we had created and from something that the client perceived as bland raw products and a slightly crazy idea, generated a set of wonderfully creative and artistic images in what became one of my favourite shoots of the year.

Catalogue style product photography is of course very necessary and has its place in your marketing and sales mix, but if you need some product shots done pause for a moment, find the right photographer, listen to where they might think about taking the concepts and you might find that some amazing things can be created on modest budgets that transcends the simple “this is what you get” and provides a range of images that can be used through multiple marketing channels and create that extra little bit of magic around your brand.

Whether we are shooting a new action camera or a lump of metal, we always try and think beyond the box…..

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A Real Estate Lifestyle Campaign: Marketing & Lifestyle Imagery to suit your Target Market

Client Brief:

LP Commercial Photography were commissioned to create an array of images for marketing and advertising purposes, creating a ‘lifestyle' through imagery around living in this new townhouse development in the Sunshine Coast. The 2 day shoot involved coordinating and posing talent, creating a variety of angles, image layouts and variations of talent for use across web, social and print and working with the client to create imagery that represented their target marketing and goals of the marketing campaign.

Somersby's Polo in the City Sponsorship - Brisbane Event Photography


Client: Somersby Cider

Event: Polo in the City, Brisbane

Brief: Capture the mood of the day, attendees enjoying the event with Somersby’s products, the on field action and Somersby’s VIP guests

LP Staff: Single Photographer

Equipment: Four Canon Cameras, two set up for socials and general event coverage and two Eos 1’s with super telephotos for capturing sporting action on the field.

Special request: On site processing and delivery required to allow social media influencers present as VIP guests to have a range of shots to issue of themselves and the event immediately to various social media outlets.

Event photography is an area of our business I love. 

While we are a Brisbane corporate and commercial photography business we are lucky enough to have clients that would prefer to fly us to their events across Australia than risk using photographers they don’t know or have no experience working with.

Having such a varied client list means we get to experience so many different industries and learn so much. Sometimes you hear world class speakers talk about things you had never even considered, other times you get to hear fellow small businesses talk about their successes and get to take that information away with you to help shape your own business journey.

Sometimes you just get to be involved in an utterly amazing spectacle and have a great day out doing what you love, taking photographs.

One such job was covering Somersby’s involvement in the Polo in the City event in Brisbane. 

There are few things as pleasurable as a balmy and sunny day in Brisbane, good drinks, good company and a fantastic and exciting sport to watch.

There was also a lot of hard work ensuring all aspects of the day was captured and the steps counter on my watch told me I had a very good day as I constantly walked the arena capturing all the action on field and off but what a brilliant day with a wonderful client and a truly great spectacle.


Cocktail Madness - Brisbane Food & Drink Photography

What do you get when you gather together some of the best cocktail bar staff in Australia? One hell of a cocktail competition and an even better photoshoot.

As regular contributors to Bars and Club's magazine LP Commercial's Andrew Jarvie would spend hours in the company of some of the greatest mixologists in Australia an the world photographing (and sampling) their creations.... sometimes work is not all that hard...




Sponsorship Success - Emirates relationship

As part of an ongoing relationship with Emirate Airlines, Life Portrait's Andrew Jarvie would be on hand whenever the airline announced its continuing sponsorship of Collingwood AFL.