Monday, October 10, 2011

In Mourning: Sympathy & Funeral Flowers

I've been thinking about mourning lately and how much comfort flowers bring and how hard that is to capture in a flat and 2 dimensional photo.

Often funeral flowers get made and go out so quickly there's barely time for a quick snapshot before it's out the door. The pictures are usually rough around the edges, but at least they are what we actually do and not out of some generic catalog. So I'm trying to get some better pictures of our sympathy flowers for funerals.



I made some sample flowers last week and photographed them two ways - once against a white backdrop, and another shot in an environmental setting.



Which presentation do you think customers would prefer to view? I find the ones against the white background a little less warm than the ones against the stone steps, but they also show more detail.

Which way would be the most helpful to the customer, especially considering the trying circumstances?



4 comments:

Lavender Hill said...

We have the same problem. The natural backdrop just presents things so much better. Beautiful work! We all need more time in the shop just for photo snapping. We too, are starting to make it a priority with every order going out. All the best.

Sprout said...

Not counting the time involved to make sample arrangements, the environmental photo project took about 1 hour 20 minutes. Definitely more work than putting the flowers against a white backdrop in the shop, so not at all practical for taking pics of actual orders. Wish I could think of a spot closer to the shop that was just as nice as this one to shave some time off that...

Laurie (Fleurie) said...

I agree with the photo-taking issue, so hard to get a shot when they get made and go out the door so quick!I do like the outdoor shots too. One thing I have done is to have a natural linen color canvas drop cloth reserved only for a backdrop, hang it on a rod, or toss over a door when you need it, place a tall stool under cloth and place the item on stool. Voila-backdrop!

Selena Ze Arteest said...

I like both background presentations. The white background shows more details and the stone background gives an idea how it looks at the natural spot.

If I need to choose the one only I would decide on the white background. It is the eyecatching one.

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