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Blog for Photographer Yeshen Venema. Features tips, links interviews and behind the scenes stories.

On Location at The Forge

2016 saw us create two very special location shoots in Wales at The Welsh House Cottages. This year we wanted to find a property a little closer to London and in a different style - enter The Forge in Hampshire.

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This glorious Georgian/Victorian home in Holyborne featured beautiful lime-washed walls, antiques galore and spring blooms overflowing from the cottage garden. Our host Juliet is an old friend of our stylist Hilary Lowe so the vibes were good! Hilary brought her usual car load of lovely props up from Wales and as always was meticulously planned. It was chilly but the sun was not absent - a wonderful break from our London studio.

We were happy to support The Design Trust Business Club and Dream Plan Do buy creating a special offer for the members, this meant we had products from all over the UK - even the Outer Hebrides in the case of Shoreline Stoneware. 

Here's some highlights from the shoot which included Galapagos Designs, Thornback&Peel, Shoreline Stoneware, Mamws Interiors, Damson&Slate. Wilton St Craft, Little Toy Co and many more!

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Shoot Prep - relaunched!

Preparing our clients for their shoot is crucial. It's important to us they get the best value for money and its all about that prep. I often do talks on product photography (most recently at New Designers One Year On) and mention it.

So we have fully updated the 'How to Prepare for your Photoshoot' resource, previously a pdf it is now an interactive part of this website. The resource is password protected so please email me if you want access.

https://www.yeshen.uk/shoot-prep

The makers love it!

The shoot prep guide was incredibly helpful, I liked the fact its all there laid out in black and white, what I’ll need to do, consider, costings etc.  Super helpful!
Claire Vine, Textile Designer

I've been emailing blogs and magazines all week, asking for features. Having the bank of photos to draw from is so brilliant. I don't need to think about it - I know they are clear, calm, well composed and attractive. It's been so helpful already.
Trudi Murray, Artist

Studio view - part of the Shoot Prep resource.

Studio view - part of the Shoot Prep resource.

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Tips posts for Mollie Makes, Folksy and COADG

I love sharing product photo tips, the way I see the more my clients know about what I'm doing and why the better the end result.

I've recently written posts for several leading blogs, see links below and please do share!

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Mollie Makes, Creative Business series.
10 Tips to improve your Product Photography
 


Folksy
Meet the Designer/Maker's Favourite Photographer


Confessions of a Design Geek
How to Photograph your Products


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Shooting the Z List

Back in August (wearing a t-shirt rather than a wooly jumper) stylist Annabel Lam and I worked with the Zetteler team to create the photos for their new online shop The Z List.

The shop is not profit-driven; the proceeds of each sale are split fairly between the shop, the makers and a rolling programme of charities and causes that are important to the Zetteler team = awesome!

We spent the day working with a range of coloured papers from GF Smith, finding complementary colours for each product. We loved the range, it's so cool to see a curated shop that really comes from the heart. Many of the makers are local Hackney folk who produce work in small batches so you can be sure you are getting something both handmade and original.

Here's a sample of the shots, head to www.the-z-list.co.uk to shop now!

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Workshops and Speaking Engagements

Here's where you can hear me presenting and doing product photo demos this month:

12/13 November: Bread&Butter Festival, Institute of Directors: On site all weekend + on Sunday I'll be running a food/drink photography workshop with focus on Instagram in the Growth Lab area.


19 November: Just Got Made Breakfast, Somerset House. Presentation focussing on product photography for designer/makers.


26/27 November: Weekend of the Maker, Sheffield: I'll be running three product photography workshops over the weekend at this special event from Crafty Fox and Folksy. Book workshop tickets here.

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Custom surfaces

Our stylist Mugdha Sapte has created a range of custom surfaces for the studio. These are now used on many of our shoots, see the surfaces and some styled shots below. These are great for adding texture and depth to product shots. We can create custom colours/effects to order, contact us for more info.

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Examples from shoots

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Back to Wales - locations shoots Pt.2

Following our first trip to West Wales in May, we returned to work once again with the talented stylist Hilary Lowe. This time we used two cottages from The Welsh House location in a remote part of Carmarthenshire. 

The weather was quiet different, while May was mostly glorious sunshine but on this trip we were treated to mist and drizzle. Thanks to some crafty long exposures (the stone floors were a great help with that) we created some wonderful images.

If you are interested in getting involved with future location shoots, in 2017 we'll be using a location closer to London. Drop a line for more info.

Highlights below.

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Exhibition Photos

During London Design Festival I staged my first exhibition alongside furniture designer/maker Sebastian Cox. The show was part of the first South East Makers Club, a series of events connecting Depford, New Cross, Brockley and Peckham. Chooisng the images to print from fours years of shoots was quite a challenge! This will be the first of many shows, I've got the exhibition big now. I'll be starting to sell photographic prints through my website in 2017 - stay tuned.

The space at Depford Market Yard was kindly donated by U+I. We transformed a raw industrial unit into a showcase of photography, furniture and ceramic work from Billy Lloyd.

Well Lit. 

We met some lovely people, many who lived locally and enjoyed discovering this new space. I must say a big thanks to my studio assistant Mugdha who was a huge help in staging the exhibition. 

The wall of mini prints I created especially for the exhibition.

The weekend's events also included talks, studio tours at Cockpit Arts , a 'designers pub quiz' plus a wonderful show called 'Gradient' held at Simple Shape studio in Brockley, read a review at: www.simple-shape.com/journal/gradient-post

Photos below. Look out for more from the South East Makers in 2017!

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Handmade at KEW - promo photos

For the second year running I shot the promotional photos for the Handmade at Kew event. This annual craft and design showcase takes place within the beautiful Kew Gardens in West London. Last week I also shot the 2016 Handmade in Chelsea promo shots in my studio, look out for those in the coming weeks.

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The main poster image (above) and the two promo images (below). The photos are used on magazine ad, posters, tube bill boards and flyers around London.

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