Bang On Brewery in Bridgend product shots

I discovered a local guy that sells real ales and decided to make a purchase. Wales Ales can be found on Facebook and the have a great selection of Welsh craft ales.

One, in particular, caught my eye as it is brewed in my hometown of Bridgend, between Swansea and Cardiff. It is made in a microbrewery by Bang On Brewery on Bridgend industrial estate.
they also have a bar in the Bang On Brewery which opened December 2016 and has up to 4 or 5 beers available. The bar itself came from the vestry in Llanharry Chapel dating back to 1850 and the seating comes from different Welsh chapels. You can look into the brewery from the window of the entrance hall and visiting the Brewery may be possible if staff are not too busy.

I decided to take a couple of bottles into the studio and have a play about with them.
I worked with a two light setup, the first to ensure that the label and lid were clearly visible and the second to make the beer “glow” and to add texture to the wall.

Novatel hotel Cardiff. Bar interior photography

Novotel Cardiff

Our latest assignment was to photograph the bar and function room in the Novatel hotel in Cardiff.

Both the rooms were a pleasure to photograph with an interesting mix of soft and hard furnishings along with fascinating accessories ornaments and light features.

There was a stark contrast between the rooms, the bar having an abundance of natural light flooding in and the function room adorned with loads of funky tungsten bulbs.

the goods shed sign

hotel seating area

bar top display

Beer bottle photography

Beer bottle

A friend of mine from Basingstoke, Spencer of Spencer Phillips Photography kindly brought me some beer down when he came to visit. As a thank you I showed him how I would photograph the bottle.
I used a couple of different lighting techniques to light the bottle to show the stunning colour inside the bottle and bring the label to life.

The beer was made by Andwell Brewing Company, an award-winning brewery based in a former trout smoke house in the idyllic riverside hamlet of Andwell in Hampshire.

They are committed to using the finest ingredients and combine best floor-malted English Maris Otter barley with chalk aquifer-percolated water, rich in natural ions and goodness to create our Mash. Once in the kettle, we add carefully selected hop varieties chosen for their distinctive aroma and bittering qualities.

I think I got as much enjoyment out of shooting it as I did drinking it, a very tasty brew indeed.

McArthur Glen commercial photography

Had a wander around McArthur Glen designer outlet (AKA The Pines). Great location for architectural and commercial photography.

When you walk around there shopping you barely notice all the interesting things that are around you, but take a camera and the mindset of capturing images it is a playground for a photographer.

Got some great photos of some of the shop fronts too Sketchers, Blue inc, Suits Direct, Jeff Banks, Phase Eight , Cotton traders, Frankie and Bennys, Gap outlet to name a few.

Features, reflections, textures and colours are everywhere. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (I prefer espresso) but I found it so interesting to photograph.

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Why Employ a Professional Product Photographer?

Why would you want to spend money on professional product photography? ??

Every day I see product images on the internet that have been photographed by the company or individual to “save money”. Photographs that have been taken with budget cameras or even mobile phones. Photographs that are badly lit with no though about the background or product placement.

Don’t get me wrong this is the exception and most product images are spot on. Yes you do “save money” initially but in the long run how much does it really cost?

By this I mean how much income are you loosing because your product does not look as good and a competitors? Your product may even be superior, but people in today’s society buy with their eyes, so if it doesn’t look good you are likely to loose sales.

The image on this post is taking things to extremes (surely nobody would advertise Champagne with an image like that?), but I think it illustrates the point perfectly.

The image on the left was a quick snapshot I took with a compact camera with not thought to lighting, background or product placement.

The image on the right is a great example of how the same product can look so different when you use some thought and a lot of know-how.

So, why does it look so different? Some things are obvious,  for example the one on the right has a better background, foreground and it is straight.

Something that might be so obvious straight away is the fact the bottles look slightly different shapes. This is down to the choice of lens and focal length. The image on the left was shot with a lens that is far too wide for the job which has distorted the shape of the bottle.

Lighting plays a major part of the difference. My studio lights were placed in such a way as to excentuate the curve of the bottle.

The actual colour of the label and foil. When I am shooting most commercial work I will yous a grey card which allows me to accurately reproduce the colours.

Lastly a bit of photoshop magic, the image on the right is two shots blended together. When I shot this image I wasn’t 100% happy with the way the label looked, so I took a second shot with different lighting and merged the shots together in photoshop.


Yes product photography can be vastly more expensive than buying a camera and doing it yourself, but ultimately you are likely to make back any money you spend on a professional photo with increased sales.

Photographing Cocktails and Drinks at Nolton Corner

I got a call from the owner of Nolton Corner in Bridgend to ask if I was interested in photographing the images for the new drinks menu.

Of course I jumped at the chance, Nolton Corner made the ideal backdrop for photographing the beverages. Filled with design features, exposed brick walls, great looking flooring, beer barrels and much more it was a pleasure to work there.

You can take a look at the finished product as a PDF of the drinks menu here DRINKS MENU