A few months ago I was contacted by my long time internet friend Amy Bush who was launching a jewelry line of handmade goldfill jewelry called LoyalSmith. She wondered if I might be interested in a collaboration.
Now y'all know that I am a nut for co-creation. I don't like to work alone and I don't like to think up ideas alone. I don't know where that puts me on the MyersBriggs, but I try to keep it in mind as I navigate the world.
What I like is the being with, the give and take, the pass back and forth. So even though product photography is not my speciality; I jumped at the chance to work with Amy - who is a lifelong Seattleite and a wise woman maker to boot. I started researching right away and doing those excited email threads that are the mark of a really good collaboration.
We planned three parts, one a tour of her studio to document where the magic happens, two a photography mentorship so that she could photograph her own jewelry herself in a sustainable way and three a jewelry party in which she would invite her entrepreneur friends to try on her jewelry and witness her company launching and wear their favorite piece out into the world. Are you getting a sense of how perfect this was? This dreaming together....this planning and making REAL?
This is the second time I've photography mentored and I really should create a spot on my website to clarify this service that I offer but let's start with doing it right here shall we? I've been a photographing seriously for 9 years now and I have read countless books and analysed unlimited images and I have KNOWLEDGE.
I have knowledge that five years ago me and ten years ago me would KILL FOR.
Perhaps you would like a second set of eyes on your images or your workflow or perhaps you are just starting out and would like to learn to use your camera or learn some basic photo principles. I've worked with clients for as short a period as a few hours and as long as over months or years. If you want someone to go over your contact sheets with you, to watch you shoot in the wild and give you tips, to help you understand how you can take your iPhone photography to the next level - contact me! I'm happy to help and I always want to grow my community of people to talk about this super nerd stuff with.
So below are some more shots of Loyalsmith's makers space. Amy makes gorgeous, light, magical goldfill earrings and bracelets and necklaces, You can find more of her work here - it's so beautiful and I treasure my pair of earrings and gaze at them with pleasure on the daily. Stay tuned and I'll post the photographs from her Jewelry Party soon! It was really just perfection.