Neutral Backgrounds Still Rule Product Pages

In the world of Amazon, product photography is king. You might have a great title or competitive price, but your Amazon product photography is the first thing everyone will see when they’re browsing items in your category.

Neutral Backgrounds Still Rule Product Pages 💻
As you probably noticed, most of these approaches are for category pages and their equivalents. Once you get to an actual product page, product images have white, transparent, or neutral backgrounds.
Removing the background makes your images more consistent, removes distractions, and minimizes file size.
Plus, many marketplaces require white or neutral backgrounds for product images, and you really don’t want to reshoot for different channels 🚫

eCommerce Photography: White backgrounds rule the roost when it comes to eCommerce product photography. But why? It promotes consistency. Contributing to a uniform look and feel throughout the site. Just as it is important to ensure the brand identity of a seller is consistent, the same goes for photography. Emphasising the product with no distractions, shows the quality of the products finish and detail is the point of focus.

The numbers don’t lie: 75% of online shoppers rely on product photos when deciding on a potential purchase, let’s face it, it’s hard to describe some things & just easier to show it. People remember 10% what they hear, 20% what they read and 80% WHAT THEY SEE & DO 👁👁

We offer a drop off service for product photography 👏 ideal for busy business owners in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole & surrounding Dorset and Hampshire areas

🙌 Drop your products off to us
📸 See & approve the images
📅 Come pick up your products

 

We’re 10 years in business!!

Bournemouth-based photography business, Studio Shotz is celebrating its 10th year in business.

In March 2009, Zelda de Hollander started business straight from university, trading as Studio Shotz, a high street based photographic studio in Southbourne.

Zelda de Hollander gained her degree in Commercial Photography at The Arts University in Bournemouth after attending Twynham High School in Christchurch.

The first half of Studio Shotz’s successful trading life was in Southbourne Grove, specialising in studio portraiture and family photo shoots. Zelda de Hollander, owner of Studio Shotz Photography, says: “I set up the high street photography studio at just 21 years old, straight after I’d graduated, and was lucky enough to stay trading on the high street for 5 years.” Research from Bloomberg, has shown that 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months and a full 80% of businesses fail in less than two years. These are staggering statistics.

In 2014 Studio Shotz moved to become home-based so that the focus of the business could shift more towards commercial work and this enabled the business to become much more flexible. Zelda says: “Being based at home, I can work the hours that people need me and am not being restricted to the usual 9 – 5 shop hours. I loved my time trading from the high street, but working from home makes more sense for progressing my business.”

“I’ve have had the privilege of working with some amazing local businesses and people over the last decade, including JP Morgan, Barclays Bank, The Telegraph, Dorset Chamber and Enterprise Nation. I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved in the past 10 years, and can’t wait to see what the next 10 have in store!”

Christmas 2018 Opening Hours & Deadline dates

… I want a family photo shoot before Christmas. Am I too late to book in?

If you are after images for Christmas, we highly recommend booking in your family photo shoots in NOVEMBER. We’re open Monday – Saturday 9am – 7pm, Saturdays are our busiest day so we advise booking as early as you can, call us on 01202 432234 to secure your photo shoot session.

Our standard opening hours apply until Thursday 20th December.

We’re open Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th, shoots available by advance appointment.
We’ll then be closed until Tuesday 8th January.

Last Shoot Day, with all products guaranteed by Christmas
Saturday 8th December

Last Shoot Day, with digital images only guaranteed by Christmas
Saturday 15th December

We’re happy to book photo shoots throughout the Christmas period, where products can be ordered with processing & delivery in January.

Buying a gift voucher to give as a Christmas present

Last day for printed vouchers in the post; Friday 14th December mid-day
Virtual vouchers emailed to print at home yourself; Friday 21st December 5pm
Gift vouchers are valid for 3 months from 1st January

One World by the Sea festival declared a success

A Festival celebrating the benefits international culture has brought to Dorset has been hailed a big success. Organisers of the inaugural One World by the Sea Festival are planning a “bigger and better” version next year.

The community festival, organised by members of the International Education Forum of Bournemouth and Poole, attracted thousands of visitors to events taking place over four days and I was there to Photograph it!

Check out the full article at Bournemouth Daily Echo

Discovery Day at Bournemouth International College


Eden Carnival Music Night


Film Screening at Poole Lighthouse


Family Festival Day in Bournemouth

 

Venus magazine cover with Rowena Co-Founder of Lush

I was recently commissioned by the Venus Awards to create their new magazine cover & focus feature. For this edition, Rowena Bird, co-founder of Lush graced the cover.

Within the magazine, the art director & I had planned a special photo shoot to reveal of the finalists of the awards ceremonies within the pages.

But, back to the cover…

Rowena kindly invited us into her home for the photo shoot. The house décor was so incredibly colourful, and Rowena’s personality so welcoming and cheerful, you’d never have guessed that it was a pouring down with rain outside and that it was 7.30am on a Monday…

While Anita took care of Rowena’s hair & make-up, founder of the Venus awards Tara Howard & I, raided Rowena’s closet and picked out her outfits, accessories & decided on our shooting locations.

The shoot itself was over within an hour before Rowena & I scooted off to her Poole shop to capture some images of her within her business.

My plotting with Art Director, Seb, was finally revealed! Within the glossy magazine housed the Dorset and Hampshire Finalists group photos that I’d taken at the respective finalist announcement events 8 weeks prior (with a few people photo shopped in! But you’d never have been able to tell)

 

The magazine was revealed on the Dorset Finals Night much to the delight of the finalists, having patiently waited 8 weeks to see their photos! It was lovely to see people engrossed in the articles on the awards night – sharing their finalists photos in anticipation.

 

So, pick up the magazine & have a read!
To finish off this blog post, here are my favourite unpublished shots from my photo shoot with Rowena….

 


Magazine: Venus Dorset & Hampshire Edition
Hair & Make-Up: Anita Kaur-Simon
Styling: Tara Howard & Zelda de Hollander
Photography: Zelda de Hollander

Christmas Special Offer, Opening Hours & Deadlines

Our 2017 Christmas Package!

Our CHRISTMAS PHOTO SHOOT PACKAGE is just £50!

This includes an hour long studio photo shoot, a password protected online album to view all your sessions images as well as 2 9×6 Prints AND 2 6×4 Prints (That’s the grandparents’ presents sorted!) It makes the ideal Christmas present to give this year, especially with a 3 month expiry beginning from 1st January 2017.

Available to purchase as Gift Voucher to give as a present for use in the new year, or get yourself booked in before the holidays.

Give us a call on 01202 432234 or just buy it online HERE

A Photographer’s Christmas is November

… I want a family photo shoot before Christmas. Am I too late to book in?

If you are after images for Christmas, we highly recommend booking in your family photo shoots in NOVEMBER. We’re open Monday – Saturday 9am – 7pm, Saturdays are our busiest day so we advise booking as early as you can, call us on 01202 432234 to secure your photo shoot session.

Our standard opening hours apply until Friday 22nd December, closing at 1pm
We’re open Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th December, shoots available 11am – 4pm 
We’ll then be closed until 8th January 10am

Last Shoot Day, with all products guaranteed by Christmas
Saturday 9th December

Last Shoot Day, with digital images only guaranteed by Christmas
Saturday 16th December

We’re happy to book photo shoots throughout the Christmas period, where products can be ordered with processing & delivery in January.

LAST ORDER DEADLINES – guaranteed for Christmas delivery

Venus Awards National Finals

Today I attended the Venus Women’s Awards National Finals & one of the ‘bits’ was getting each winner to give their ‘nugget’ of advice / inspiring story.

N.B. Best acceptance speech was Helen Jenkins who spoke about chicken nuggets #winning

As I sat there waiting for my category to be called, I thought, what on earth would I say to a room of inspiring and successful businesswomen….. General business advice and motivational quotes on running a business just didn’t seem appropriate. I suddenly occurred to me, I knew exactly what I’d say, the 1 reason why I run my business & the core value of why I do what I do.

Unfortunately, I didn’t win my award category so never got to share my ‘nugget’ of wisdom. But, I’m a stubborn girl, and as I sit on the train on my way home I still feel that I need to say this, as it doesn’t just apply to businesswomen, but well…everyone.

Be in photographs.

Please. For your children, their children and beyond that. Leave something that they will cherish. Sometimes a memory just isn’t enough; you need to leave a souvenir. What better way to relieve those piercing blue eyes or that sparkling smile than in a photograph.

What would you grab if your house was burning down? I can’t speak for you, but I’d grab my family photo albums and I’m pretty certain you would too.

Venus Magazine Cover & Feature

Was absolutely delighted to be asked to photograph not only the cover image for the new Venus Magazine, but also 2 features. The cover girl is Emma-Jane Taylor an Entrepreneur, TV Presenter on The Well-Being Show aka The Inspirational Mentor and author. Emma graced the cover of the magazine photographed in the picturesque Chandelier Bar in Christchurch, followed by a studio photo shoot, along with a few outfit changes, back at Studio Shotz. Here are my favourite images from the shoot…

 


For the Thames Valley London edition on the Venus Magazine, I also went on a road trip to Reading to photograph Sir John Madejski at the Madejski stadium. Sir John welcomed us into his penthouse apartment for a feature interview and my photo shoot, EK! Lucky for me, his apartment has a gorgeous wrap around deck that showcased the entire city of Reading. He also had numerous paintings, photographs and memorabilia which made for great backgrounds and props (I love the gnome!).

In the middle of Sir John’s penthouse was a beautiful black grand piano, I asked if he wouldn’t mind posing for me while playing “Oh, I only play this thing when I’m drunk” I think I’m quite persuasive and he looked so happy tinkling the ivories…

Gift Vouchers are available online (again)!

Earlier in the year we had a bit of a website whoopsie which stopped our gift vouchers from being available – we’re all fixed now, YIPPIE, so Gift Vouchers for all our photo shoot packages are now available to purchase here https://www.studioshotz.co.uk/product-category/gift-vouchers/

This also means we’re now able to take online deposits
https://www.studioshotz.co.uk/product-category/pay-a-deposit/

I WON the Venus Award for Networker of the Year!

Holy Cow Batman, I only went and won an award!

This year I was in the finals for Networker of the Year, sponsored by PlayGolf Bournemouth, a category that I’ve become quite passionate about. It’s a key way of developing your professional & social contacts, not just for yourself but for your already established connections too. The past year I’ve really stepped out of my comfort zone, literally, walking into rooms of people where I have known no one…

The Venus journey concluded at a glamorous Black Tie Ceremony and Gala Dinner at Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday 20th October 2016 . Dubbed the “Working Women’s Oscars” by Channel 4 and now in its seventh year in Dorset, the Venus Awards goes from strength-to-strength in discovering and recognising the talents of enterprising women. Competition was fierce this year with 785 nominations and applications across the 15 Award categories in Dorset.

However, it’s not the first time I’ve been in the Venus Awards Finals, it’s the third! Previously for Online Marketing and Networking! (Not to mention I’ve been in the semi-finals/short listed for everything from PR, online business, customer service and professional of the year!)

I enjoyed the Venus Night with my table; consisting of good friends, my family and some awesome business people that wanted to support me. Thank you for joining me Nick from Foxes Estate Agents, Andy from Gervis Accountants & Christchurch Chamber and Dion from Pure Networking! You all made the night truly memorable, hilarious and fun.

Public speaking scares me. I’m just no good at it, my mind goes blank & I lose my words… Thankfully I remembered to thank my mum “MUM, I LOVE YOU!” and the Venus Awards, but the nerves did get the better of me & I forgot to thank some key players, MAJOR WHOOPS.

Firstly, I need to thank Pure Networking! That room I first walked into not knowing anybody, I can say that a year later they’re now clients, business contacts and friends. It is the most welcoming, friendliest & most FUN networking events I have ever attended. Why else would I sign up as their official photographer and attend every single event!?

I also need to thank CCTC (Christchurch Chamber of Trade & Commerce), I was delighted that Andy from Gervis, also CCTC’s Treasurer joined me at the Venus Gala, they’re one of the first local networking groups I really got associated with and have met some big influecnes in my business world there.

For obvious reasons I have to thank PlayGolf Bournemouth, especially Peter Gilbert (Thank you for the celebratory bubbles!) for choosing me as their winner. When waiting for our turn to be photographed and filmed as winner & category sponsor, I blurted out “But, why me!?”, “Your progression in the past year. You don’t have to introduce yourself any more, people already know Zelda the Photographer”. How awesome is that!

Lastly, however cheesy this may be, here it goes…. I need to thank my late Dad. He was the person that persuaded me at 21 years old, only 2 weeks after finishing my university degree, to set up my photography business with a high street shop! Talk about diving in at the deep end. There is no way I could have done what I’ve done without you.

Thanks for Venus Awards for the above photographs

Bournemouth Echo Article – Here’s who one at this years Dorset Venus Awards