The end of the week, albeit a short one. A busy one for us too. Photographing products like: Furniture, jewelry and apparel. Every day is different, every day is good. Even when we are not actually shooting, we have loads to do. Files!! Image files are huge these days. Organizing our jobs in folders, and images in individual folders for easy retrieval. Part of a job on any photography project is also the post work. If you do it yourself or hire out (Which we do not do) someone to do it. Time not many of our clients really understand as being part of the billable time.
Being a photographer is much more than being the photographer. Most of all if you have a small business like ours. The wearer of many hats. Some we wear well and others not as much.
We photograph with a Hasselblad camera and a Hasselblad digital back. The digital back’s files are HUGE. Try 80 megabytes. Hmm, yes they can be an issue of storage and manipulation. Load up the memory for these gorgeous files. Our quality is outrageously intricate, and sometimes downright intense. Always though a good thing. Especially, when photographing , well just about everything come to think of it.
Products are all kinds of things. Like for instance mushrooms! Or, fabrics, surgical screws, ice cream, noodles…
Whatever it is we are shooting we just love it. Photography is not an easy business to be in, especially now, but here we are and here we are to stay.
Thanks for reading.
Written Honestly by,
Our Studio Productions
1737 E. 2nd Street, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
As a commercial photography studio we get asked to photograph all kinds of things. We photograph things like: Jewelry, tabletop place settings, packaging, stuffed animals, furniture blah, blah. Yes, many different kinds of ‘things’ otherwise known to us as, products. Products photographed for catalogs, websites and of course print.
Product photography incorporates studio pharmaceutical to on location photography of again all kinds of products. Can we specialize? Sure, but honestly, it’s a rare bird now a days. With in ‘house photography’ in so many corporations now, and advertising agencies we didn’t want to close the doors to other opportunities for us.
Once upon a time, we photographed mostly only food. Cooked and uncooked food photography, and raw ingredients, but then when we were asked to photograph tableware, it was a natural transition. Likewise, rugs to furniture. Or both for some customers in one shot. Lifestyle photography is very important especially now with online shopping. Giving the customer a sense of what your product will look like on their table at home, or on them.
Click on the link below to see a few photographs of our work of furniture, rugs and accessories.
Written honestly by Susan Bruno
Our Studio Productions . 1737 E. 2nd Street . Scotch Plains, NJ . 07076 . 908.276.2229
Your first question probably is did we eat the cakes? The answer is no. But we did eat the strawberries!
This shot was not for stock photography, but rather an actual client. In our neck of the woods we have several food corporations and we have had the pleasure of working for them for 30 years or so. And yes, we started very young. These were the days when the art directors didn’t flip through stock photos, but rather the books they had for flipping the pages to look for a suitable food photographer. Sometimes the food was delivered to our photo studio, and other times I could shop for it. Which is actually great. On the very rare occasion we could hire a food stylist. That made our lighting and setup more efficient because for instance if we had many shots to shoot in one day, the stylist is doing what they do best and we of course are doing what we do best, photography. It moves the process along quite well.
I am not putting down our food styling skills because frankly they are pretty good. This shot is one that we shot without a stylist mostly because of the budget.
OSP photography is located in Scotch Plains, NJ. We have our own studio space, so no renting a studio in NYC for high rates. Plus we own our equipment, so no rental fees. You pay for professional photography, and we truly work with you in the moment, creating great shots, professional lighting and an experienced eye.
Our Studio Productions specializes in product photography and food, jewelry,and many other products for advertising. We photograph your products for web, print or catalog for commercial use. Our team works closely with you to produce quality images to your liking.
Communicating the value of a product to consumers is essential. Accurate, photographic representations of home accessories and jewelry can do wonders to attract the eye of the viewer. Product photography is often the first thing a consumer looks at. Our passion for photography allows us to create unique images necessary to attract consumer attention.
Our studio, located in Scotch Plains, NJ, We are close to Bergen, Middlesex, Somerset, Morris, and Essex.
Look at The OSP portfolio on our website. For your advertising and product photography, call Diane Metz at
Food Photography and styling food is as I’ve mentioned before, one of our favorite things to photograph. Shooting food has many levels of preparation to it. Planning; which includes props besides the actual food. We need to establish a style, a feel according to the clients preferences. Usually, we go out on our own to shop for props, but sometimes our clients come along for the prop-shopping part as well.
Then the next step would be either arranging for deliver of the food product, or going to the local grocery stores. I say stores, because there are times I’ve been to several food stores to find just the right, picture perfect pear, or grapes among other things. Don’t get me started on breads!
I will continue this story in my next blog of Our Studio Productions’ “Blog In”.
Today is the first day of spring as far as I’m concerned. Beautiful, sunny and warm. Perfect, and here we are at the photo studio shooting packaged cheese for one of our favorite clients. We have the big studio door open, letting all the lovely weather come in.
Food photography is sometimes challenging due to many variables. One being the type of food you are shooting and whether or not it can stand up to the time it takes, to set up the props and food, art director’s approval and then the actual client. All takes time, and the food starts to wilt. Stand-ins are a must, and once the setup is ready the real thing gets put into the shot. But still changes are often made, but there is a point of no return. It’s that simple.
Advertising photography is what we love to do. 🙂
30th September 2012
Food photography by Our Studio Productions | Photography for Advertising