Stylized Product Shots

One of my favorite ways to shoot my jewelry is to design a stylized product shot.  Each piece of jewelry has its own personality and its own story.  I like to create a lifestyle picture of a few items showcasing the jewelry or a pendant I plan to use.  I shoot with a Nikon DSLR 3300 macro lens which is perfect for uncles, fine detail of my jewelry.  An iPhone or a regular point-and-shoot camera can also achieve similar effects if you don't have a professional lens.  Just follow some simple photography tricks.

Here are a few tips for photographing your handmade item: 

 Make the jewelry the focus of your photo.  Notice the focus is on the handmade links of this chain.  The other items are in the background and slightly blurred.  I also didn't include the full label of the candle so as not to distract from the focus of my shot. 

Make the jewelry the focus of your photo.  Notice the focus is on the handmade links of this chain.  The other items are in the background and slightly blurred.  I also didn't include the full label of the candle so as not to distract from the focus of my shot. 

 Use fun stationary to add color and personality to your shot. 

Use fun stationary to add color and personality to your shot. 

 I added stationary again and some flower petals to give this photo a tropical feel. 

I added stationary again and some flower petals to give this photo a tropical feel. 

 I love pretty packaging, as seen on these handmade soaps.  I chose complementary colors to the color of my features gemstones. 

I love pretty packaging, as seen on these handmade soaps.  I chose complementary colors to the color of my features gemstones. 

 By adding another  wearable item  into the photo, I've given my customer the beginnings of a great outfit! 

By adding another wearable item into the photo, I've given my customer the beginnings of a great outfit! 

 Most of my shots are never head on.  I typically like to shoot from an angle to add visual interest. 

Most of my shots are never head on.  I typically like to shoot from an angle to add visual interest.