Designs by Carolyn Morris Bach
I love-love-love Carolyn Morris Bach‘s jewelry. Love.
Carolyn found me earlier this summer and sent over these pieces for our first photo shoot together. I love when jewelers are able to blur the line between jewelry and art, and Carolyn definitely is both a jeweler and an artist. She uses various materials and finishes to create these stunning pieces, and the result is really wonderful. Having previously stuck with black gradient backgrounds, she wanted to try white background images with me and we were both really happy with the results. The shapes, color contrast, and textures really pop nicely against a blank slate.
Nancy Meli Walker
Eliana Zepeda Graham
I was excited to have had the opportunity to again do a summer photo shoot for the Women’s Jewelry Association San Diego Chapter. This is our chapter’s second year doing the Makers Project, which is an event that brings together about 25 women jewelry artists throughout Southern California and challenges them to make a piece of jewelry inspired by the year’s theme. The pieces are then photographed by yours truly, put into a catalog, and auctioned to the public. The artists are so generous to donate their pieces, and the proceeds of the auction go to the WJA’s Scholarship funds, allowing women around San Diego and the U.S. to further their professional educations in the jewelry industry. This year’s theme is “She Inspired Me,” and each artist created a piece based on female figures that have inspired them personally and/or in their careers. As with last year, this year’s batch of pieces is remarkable, and I’m sure will lead to another very successful auction. The auction takes place next Saturday, July 29th, in San Diego. If you’re in the area, you can find more details about the event by visiting WJA’s website here.
Earlier this month, I was contacted by Elisa of Davide Bigazzi Studio to do a photo shoot. I was already familiar with the work produced by the husband/wife team, having visited their website before, and was looking forward to capturing their pieces in the studio.
Davide Bigazzi’s style is one that really resonates with me. After you’ve been working in the industry for several years, I think it’s unavoidable to become a little desensitized to the incredibly lovely things we have the good fortune of working with every day. When I opened their shipment, though, I felt instantly reconnected to the reason why I love jewelry. It’s artistic and distinctive and beautiful and well made; everything that jewelry should be.
The pieces were shot individually on a white background, and I positioned them in such a way that they’d be consistent with the angles of the current photography on their website. Other than removing the background (to achieve a pure white canvas), the images required little retouching. I’m really happy with how everything turned out, and am thrilled to have gotten a chance to collaborate with this awesome company.
It takes a certain type of artist to be able to create a scene depicting homicidal hamsters and still make you say “aww, cute.” Tara Magboo is definitely one such artist. This ring suite tells the tragic narrative of two hamsters (traditionally solitary creatures) put together in confinement, and the gruesome scene that unfolds. What’s cool about these rings as well is that each one has a moving or interactive part.
Tara’s stuff continues to look stunning on the black gradient background, and I continue to be impressed by her true artisanship and attention to detail.
Here’s another fun one from Magboo. Destined for competition entry, this awesome floral necklace features silver, twigs, and plastic in vivid purples and pinks. It’s unique and one-of-a-kind, and I love the way it pops against the black gradient background.
I love meeting new clients, and when Tara Magboo stopped by the studio with some of her quirky cool animal-inspired pieces from the Magboo collection, I knew I liked her style. While I never tire of shooting traditional jewelry, sometimes ya just wanna take a picture of a fox smoking a cigarette (and obviously you have to add a burning tip in Photoshop). Tara is an awesome designer and all around cool chick, and I’m so excited we got a chance to work together on this project.