There are so many things I want to photograph on this earth. A brand photography wishlist, if you will. I figured if I put this wishlist out into the universe, perhaps someone might see this and want to fill the need! If you are associated with any of the following professions and need fresh visual content to share with your followers or potential clients, I’d love to talk with you about a brand photo session!
DESTINATION FLORAL WORKSHOP
This is something that I’ve always wanted to photograph. Not only would I shoot the classroom teachings, florals, location, and details, but to be able to gift attendees of a workshop with a classic portrait in a beautiful destination doing what they love, would make my heart soar.
In my head, I’m imagining this scenario without the gore. This would be a studio session shooting the more refined and clean cuts that a butcher works with, along with their creative process behind what they do. I would also want to shoot their tools, and some portraits thrown in there.
Ideally in a studio space of a painter with great natural light, I’d love to capture them seeking sources of inspiration and mixing colors to get the perfect palette for an upcoming painting. The I’d like to capture the process of painting, and photograph the painting when it’s complete.
Ok, this one kind of gets me giddy just thinking about it because I stinkin’ love food. I want to shoot a chef completing a couple of plates (obviously well-styled with killer presentation) and I want to shoot the completed plates.
Imagine flour being tossed onto a surface, dough being kneaded, gluten tests being performed (which yes, I totally learned from The Great British Baking Show). I think some motion-filled process photos and some well-styled ‘product’ photos here of the completed goods would be how I approach this shoot.
Haven’t ever met a glass blower, but I love watching videos of this happening. I’m inspired by the fire & motion, the transparency of the glass being formed, and of course the final product.
This one should have already happened (my husband is a woodworker). But alas! I’m envisioning a day-in-the-life-type-of-shoot. A wooden product from start to finish. We begin with a trip to the lumber yard to pick out planks of wood. Then home to prep the wood and ready the equipment. Then process photos, completed product, styled photos, and portraits.
I just really need to see someone working with a loom in my lifetime. I love when artists of any kind use a manual, old school method, so to see this, along with the tools needed to compose a textile of sorts would be so nuts.
Maybe my love for the movie Coco is showing here, but a day in the Rivera shoemakers HQ would be a dream. Cutting and shaping leather sounds especially lovely, but the part I always think would be lovely to photograph would be is nailing the sole onto the shoe. And the hands of the shoemakers.
Pouring drinks, beautiful glassware, styled shots with drinks and their ingredients, action shots, and well-styled portraits. What else could you ask for to represent this fun profession!
I don’t know that I need to do much expanding on this one because C’MON. How cool would photos of this be? The ceramicist’s studio, pottery wheel, tools, messy hands, clay, apron, etc… *sigh* it sounds so messy and organic and wonderful.
I would particularly like to work with an organic, natural line that offers creams and exfoliants. If they offer toners, cleansers, or masks, even better. I think the textures and purposes of the creams would inspire each different type of styled shot, and I would like to photograph very minimal product shots as well.
This is all I have for now, but as I think of new things I will add them to the list! Thanks for reading!
May 12, 2020 update: I’ve worked with several of these kinds of artists since originally writing this post on June 16, 2018! I’ve worked with a chef (who is crazy talented and did a little bit of everything at his shoot, including butcher different meats, bake bread, and present gourmet food), a painter was in another shoot I did (although she wasn’t technically the client), and a bartender. Maybe in two more years we’ll have crossed off a few more! Here are a few photos from those shoots: