Broken Twig environmental session



BRENT PENNINGTON Product photos taken for Broken Twig - Kathryn Bondi outdoors at twilight 22 July 2015.

During the summer I shared some promotional photos from the studio session I did with Kathryn Bondi, owner and designer of Broken Twig.  A few weeks after our studio shoot, we got together again for a second session to create a more environmental series of photos.

All products benefit from environmental or beauty-shot photos – something that highlights their qualities and puts them into perspective in a way that potential buyers can relate to and appreciate.  And in the case of Broken Twig, what we really needed was a way to highlight the designs – literally.

BRENT PENNINGTON Product photos taken for Broken Twig - Kathryn Bondi outdoors at twilight 22 July 2015.

Each Broken Twig design incorporates elements of rustic, natural design with new-age lighting, in the form of either LED lights or candles.  And while the studio promos did a great job of showing design details and produced clean, static portraits, the necessary studio lighting overpowered the design’s built-in lights.

Our goal during the environmental session was to let those lights shine – and did they ever!

BRENT PENNINGTON Product photos taken for Broken Twig - Kathryn Bondi outdoors at twilight 22 July 2015.

BRENT PENNINGTON Product photos taken for Broken Twig - Kathryn Bondi outdoors at twilight 22 July 2015.

We set up outdoors at twilight and waited for evening to really start turning into night before we began shooting.  Our goal was to find a setting that had both natural and light-urban elements, like you’d find in a backyard, to highlight the rustic, homey feeling of the designs.

The photography was all done from a tripod, without any auxiliary lighting.  The result was a series of long-exposures, which really let the pieces build up a glow and show their function as lit accent pieces in a relatable setting.

BRENT PENNINGTON Product photos taken for Broken Twig - Kathryn Bondi outdoors at twilight 22 July 2015.

Of course there were some challenges to overcome, such as setting up and leveling shots on unlevel ground.  We had some interesting moments with the suspended pieces as well.  Hanging them from a studio boom with the necessary outlet power was easy, but getting them motionless sure wasn’t!  Even the slightest breeze set some of them in motion, and it took a lot of tries to finally get a motion-less photo.

BRENT PENNINGTON Product photos taken for Broken Twig - Kathryn Bondi outdoors at twilight 22 July 2015.

By the time we called it a wrap, it was full-on nighttime.  I’ll close with one of the last setups we photographed, which is also one of my favorites – the Midnight Moon lamp set against a deepening sky and a rising crescent moon!

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