Monday, July 6, 2009

La Vie Cherie :: Using Vintage French Postcards as Photo Backdrops

Taking amazing photographs is probably the single best way to showcase your products. In addition to good lighting and angles, "staging" the item can make a huge difference in its presentation. A lovely trend I've noticed lately is using vintage French postcards as backgrounds for small items--especially jewelry. It not only makes the jewelry "pop," but also adds a romantic, Victorian-era feeling.

Arete has some of the most lovely photographs featuring vintage postcards, a theme which carries through her entire site--including her banner and these great shots of her jewelry and packaging below:
Chinacherie's Eiffel Tower necklace goes well with this colorful, vintage Eiffel Tower postcard.
Another Eiffel Tower postcard from 1889 adds drama to these sweet earrings by Marolsha:
Another lovely French theme in earrings (on top), and a necklace below, from nostalgems.
For some helpful tricks on photographing small items, such as jewelry, check out either this storque article or one from my website. I've searched high and low for a simple, effective light box and this one by Sugar Panda is by far my favorite. And also check out my downloadable vintage French postcards on etsy.

6 comments:

jeni@pnkgeeni said...

I love those last earrings.

Christine said...

Thanks sooo much for posting the link to the DIY light box! I've been taking photos of my jewelry and art on those "just right sunny days" and was too hesitant (and cheap!) to spend $100 on a box. I plan on making my own now! Thanks mucho...
~Christine

piddix said...

I wonder if you could use these small, fabric boxes from Ikea for a box and you wouldn't even have to cut out the sides:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60132842

Marie Reed said...

You're right! The vintage postcards as a background gives it such razzmatazz!

Frenchell said...

I'll have you know that after reading this early this week i was inspired to work on all my pictures for my pendant shop..so far so good!

props on the ikea boxes..what a life saver

piddix said...

Frenchell did the Ikea boxes actually work? I haven't tried them myself, but they looked so close to the how-to image of the boxes. And have you put the new images up in your shop yet, because the ones on your first page already look great.