I love working with and meeting other people that are also on an entrepreneurial journey. Lucky for me a few of my good friends are starting and running their own businesses. Being around people with the freelance spirit makes it a breeze to share thoughts and ideas. One thing I've enjoyed recently is helping my friends at Of Note Stationers. If you've never heard of them then please check out their website and Instagram account. They always have the perfect card!
I love seeing their daily post as it is a reminder to take a second look at the world around us and enjoy the little moments in life and their products reflect that. It is also a good philosophy for photographers I plan to send out a few cards to family this year. Fingers crossed!
I had a blast helping them with some product shots even though it isn't something I typically do. I enjoy shooting different things because there is always a problem that needs to be addressed. Learning from these shoots will help me down the road. I've already practiced shooting tethered to Lightroom, shooting with the octabox on the Profoto B1, and getting some work in with some homemade reflectors.
Even though these shots seem simple, it's tough keep consistent lighting when using window light over multiple hours as the sun shifts. Which is why we threw a nice big white sheet over the south facing windows. Therefore we got a nice big light to produce softer shadows even as the sun moved throughout the day. There is great texture on a few of the cards which doesn't come out from the soft window light. I used a small pen light close to floor level to bring out the texture of the paper, which is a similar technique to making people look like they have ripped muscles in photos!
To keep consistent and reproducable lighting for the catalog shots I opted to use the Profoto B1 with an octabox and drown out the available light. This way when they have more products we can reproduce the exact lighting conditions to keep the look consistent no matter the time of day. Being able to reproduce shots at will is a skill I'm glad I was able to practice! To Kate and Isabel...