For my exit portfolio, we need to have two product shots. My first product shot was of my graduation ring, and the second one I decided to do on my favorite perfume, True Religion. At first, I thought I was going to do some simple dandelions around it, and then my mom asked if I wanted to have more, and so just in case, we went to a field I have photographed in before and picked some wildflowers. When I put everything out on the table and started to lay things around the perfume bottle, I noticed two ladybugs. At first, I just photographed one of them on a dandelion, thinking I would not be putting them in the shot.
This was done before doing my product shot I knew in-camera was my favorite.
After making some shots of the ladybug shown above, I decided to try and set it with the wildflowers and perfume. It kept wanting to move everywhere but where I wanted it to stay. Meanwhile, I began to realize even in a product shot, I am wanting something that isn't static and something I can work with since I am more attracted to doing location portraits. I began to get tiresome of this ladybug and I let it go wherever it wanted. The other ladybug, which I didn't find as pretty since it wasn't as brightly colorful, decided to crawl up the perfume. I took this opportunity to make some shots with it. Watching it through my lens, I noticed it was making circles around the top of the perfume. During this was when I found my photograph I wanted, and it was because of the ladybug I didn't want originally deciding to become a part of my product shot.
I am usually not stoked about product photography, but the adventure I had making this shot happen was inspiring. I am really happy with it and gives me a brighter outlook on making more product photographs. This ladybug is now immortalized and doesn't even know it.