Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Porcelain Sheep Brooch by Cherie Peyton

Cherie Peyton (from Claypool at SQ1) asked me for some help to make her Porcelain Sheep Brooch stand out on Etsy. This was a simple request that made us both happy. I had seen people wearing the adornment looking quite dapper and confident, so much that it even inspired me purchase one as a gift which had in turn was named Derick.

With that as a happy setup, I soon found that this project had several challenges to overcome, including:
  1. Low contrast white on white, while preserving blue eyes and a pinkish nose
  2. An anthropomorphic portrait which looks back at you and wants to be friends
  3. A small scale, somewhere between tabletop and macro photography, which is in that annoying gap range of my lens set
  4. Needing to display a fine product that inspires a conversion to a sale after all. 
On my first attempt I tried shooting it on clear acrylic. That sounds like a seductive idea but the lens flare artifacts were breaking my colors and proved too unforgiving. Then I remembered that we had some wardrobe, which is good for showing the scale of the brooch in the context of a jacket lapel, as well as how it can look in real life when used properly. This was also the first time that I tried the "hold it in your hand" trick that is commonly used by crafts people for showing scale and a link to humanity. There was a sheeple clone concept or two for inspiration, which I could not forgive myself if I had not attempted (albeit it is not quite a tile, as that would take more time). And we rounded off the product shoot with a few white background shots from different angels and a box. Simple, in the end that is.