I Heart You

Posted by
Laurie (New Jersey, United States) on 14 February 2009 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Happy Valentines Day

Mark, I love you! You always have my heart.


I don't normally post photos from work I've done for clients but being that today is Valentines Day and this has a heart theme I decided to post it...I'm sure Holly won't mind.

Holly is the owner/creator of G 2 G Gems Fine Handmade Jewelry. She is also a very dear friend who just happens to also be my next door neighbor. The jewelry she makes is stunning, well made, and is made from her heart. The photos I've done for her are for use on her new website which is still under construction. When it goes online I will post a link to it. The above photo is one of our favorites.

This was actually a tough one. The biggest "problem" was that with a white or light background, the glass tends to nearly disappear and with a black or dark background the bracelet tends to disappear. I didn't have a gradient background but with some effort the shading created a slight gradient from gray to nearly white which worked out well. The other problem was getting it to sparkle without getting too much glare on the glass...not easy, in fact it was nearly impossible, so I had to compromise a bit. We both liked the idea of this one so much that we were determined to make this one work and so with some trial and error I got this result which I think works pretty well.

This was shot in my "old" studio light shed which I had set up in my dining room, not the new one from the previous post. I think I will re-shoot it for her to try to get an even better result...if I can just get that bracelet to sit in that heart shape on the glass again. You have no idea how hard that really is. The first time it was a "happy accident" and I've not been able to get it to sit on the glass in such a perfect heart shape since. I am determined though, and I refuse to give up!!!

NIKON D700 1/200 second F/22.0 ISO 125 50 mm

Coming back to AM3 after a long hiatus. I hope to be more active in the coming months.

1/200 second
ISO 125
50 mm