We did a test shoot recently with stylist Karen Tully, shooting beer. We wanted to try one shot in an environment, and something else showing a bottle and poured glass with more of a studio look.
When doing portfolio shots I like to have several options, so that we don’t get bogged down in trying to make that one “perfect” image work. If things don’t feel right, we just start over with something new. That’s why we also have an idea for shiny cans with wet condensation and lots of ice, if there turns out to be time. What better subject for a hot summer day!
We start with Blue Moon Belgian white ale, and put together some rocks and a blue background that could look good with the blue label. Here’s an early shot so we can see how everything looks together.
Great! I’m actually closer to my goal than a first take usually is. What next? I want to get more light through the bottles, and at the same time light the face of the labels better. Speaking of labels, the back bottle needs to have better focus and move over a bit – it needs to be soft, but still readable.
More important – let’s get more going on here by opening the front bottle, and showing a bit of foam coming out of its mouth. Karen has spritzed the outside of the glass, and then she gently lowers a wooden skewer with a bit of baking soda into the mouth of the front bottle. It only takes a pinch to make the foam happen – too much will definitely look unappetizing. (Note – getting a perfect head on a poured glass of beer is very different from this – here we just needed some spillover.) We add some moisture to the rock below the front and tweak the lighting.
Ta-dah! actually this shot took longer than I’m making it sound – about half a day. You can see the finished shot in our drink portfolio here.