Los Angeles, synonymous for ‘all things cinema.’ But LA produces much more than films. Whether it’s the Dollar Shave Club, Space X, or Walt Disney, the Los Angeles metropolitan area houses the headquarters of many international manufacturing centers and some of the great products of the world.
At Wonderful Machine, we define still life or product photography as encompassing “any inanimate object not covered by our other specialties, often products.” Unlike portraiture which says something of the character of the subject, product photography says something about the character of an object.
Much like cinema, when photographing products, brand identity is a composite of many complementary roles, from extras to leads. Los Angeles product photographers are masters of capturing the full picture!
Whether it’s for a commercial or editorial project, Los Angeles product photographers fit the part. We’ve done the research. Here’s a list of Wonderful Machine’s selections for the 10 best product photographers in Los Angeles.
John Cizmas is a Los Angeles-based photographer, specializing in Still Life/Product, Brand Narrative, Food/Drink, GIF/Cinemagraph, and Portraiture. John writes,
My original plan out of high school was to pursue a career in the culinary arts. After being placed on a 2 year waiting list at my local community college, I began taking some general ed and photography courses. Through a photography instructor, I was offered the opportunity to take an internship at a magazine and was able to work on food assignments. The lightbulb flipped and I knew this was my calling. I’ve been very fortunate to have made a 15 plus year career collaborating with creatives, chefs, makers, mixologists, and artists.
His clients include: SAS Textiles, Rose Tarlow, Mulholland Distilling, and Parkman Woodworks.
From concept to composition, John’s photos celebrate the originality and flare of the products he shoots.
Joe Schmelzer is a Los-Angeles-based commercial and editorial photographer, who specializes in Still Life/Product, Celebrity, Food/Drink, Home/Garden, Hospitality, Portraiture, and Travel. Recognized for the natural window-light quality of his images—and a knack for making even the prickliest subjects feel at ease, Joe is a familiar presence in the travel, shelter and entertainment markets. His work has appeared in every major interiors-centric magazine, website and blog, and is regularly featured in the editorial pages of Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Vogue UK, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
His clients include: Abbott Nutrition, Ad Council, The Advocate, Alexa – New York Post, Alltel Communications, Amazon, Amazon Home, America’s Got Talent / Fremantle Media, American Express, American Way Magazine, The Animal Print Shop, Angeleno, Architectural Digest, Architectural Digest Russia, Arhaus, Artistic Tile, Asics, Bake from Scratch, Bed Bath & Beyond, Better Homes and Gardens, Beverly Hills Hotel, BCBG, Billboard Magazine, Bon Appetit Magazine, Boston Common Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, Bridge Worldwide, British GQ, Brooklinen, Brown Jordon, Bunte Germany, C Magazine, Cadillac Magazine, Canadian House & Home, Canvas On Demand, Capitol File Magazine, CB2, Chicago Tribune, Christie’s International Real Estate, Coastal Living, Coldwell Banker Previews, Conde Nast Traveler, Conde Nast Traveller India, Conde Nast Traveller UK, Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, Country Living, Digitas, Discover Magazine, Domaine Home, Dorchester Collection, Deutsch, Dwell, Elle Decor, Elle Decor Russia, Esquire Russia, Financial Times, Focus Magazine Germany, Food & Wine, Forbes, Forbes Life, Four Seasons Magazine, Garden Design, Glamour, Glamour UK, Good Housekeeping, GQ, GQ Germany, GQ Spain, Guardian UK, Hana Hou!, Hemispheres, United Airlines Magazine, HGTV Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Home Beautiful Australia, HomeGoods, Hotel Bel-Air, House Beautiful, House and Garden UK, Howard Miller Furniture, Huffington, IBM Systems Magazine, IMS: Integrated Marketing Solutions, Inc. Magazine, Instyle, Instyle Germany, John De Bastiani Interiors, Joybird, KB Homes, kbs+, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, LA Confidential, Land’s End, Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc., Living Etc. UK, Lonny, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Lowe Campbell Ewald, Lowe’s, Lucky Magazine, LUXE, Marie Claire, Mariner Magazine, Holland America Cruise Line, Mark Williams Design, Maybourne Hotel Group, MCSquared, Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Metropolitan Home, Meyer Davis, Monocle UK, The New York Times, O’ahu Visitors Bureau, Ocean Drive, OnEarth Magazine, One Kings Lane, Out Magazine, Parade, Parachute Home, People Magazine, People Espanol, Pottery Barn, Redbook, Rhapsody, United Airlines Global First, The Richards Group, Rolling Stone, RPA, SEE Eyewear, Serendipity Magazine, 72 and Sunny, Smart Money Magazine, Story Worldwide, Sub-Zero & Wolf Appliances, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Sunset Custom Publishing, Swarovski Lighting, The Wrap, This Old House,Time Magazine, Time Warner Inc., Traditional Home, Travel + Leisure, Tropitone, TV Guide, Ty Pennington At Home, US Weekly,Vanderbilt University, Vanity Fair, Vegas Seven, Virtuoso Life, Vista Print, Vogue Living Australia, Vogue India, Vogue UK, York Wallcoverings, Wall Street Journal, Wallpaper*, Wine Spectator, Zillow, and Zipcar.
Joe uses big spaces to set up his compositions. A slightly harder light allows the products to really “pop” and feel bold within the frame. “Oh, let there be nothing on earth but laundry.”
Shelby Moore is a Los Angeles-based commercial photographer, who specializes in Still Life/Product, Food/Drink, and Hospitality. He got his start in journalism, graduating from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School in 2014.
His clients include: Health Ade, Iconic Immunity Coffee, and Ojo de Tigre Artesanal Mescal.
Shelby was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and from time to time still drives six hours through the desert to shoot there.
His bright colors, strong use of light, and playful compositions leave an impression, from fruit to pit!
Victoria Wall Harris is a commercial and editorial photographer and director, whose favorite projects are those that combine stills and motion. Not bound by genre, her creative approach gives clients a way to tell their full brand story in a positive and truly cohesive style.
Victoria studied photography at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and from there moved to NYC to pursue her career. She worked as an assistant and digital tech for some of the industry’s top photographers and learned the ropes of full scale photo and motion production while honing her own creative skills and building a diverse client roster.
After seven years in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, Victoria relocated to Los Angeles in 2012 where she launched her own business full-time. In 2017, she opened a daylight photo studio in LA’s Eagle Rock called Hilltop Studios.
Her clients include: UGG, Energizer, Zinus, Dwell, LA Magazine, Weight Watchers, Elle UK, Food & Wine, Tonies, Blue Apron, Converse, Kong, W Magazine, Susie Cakes Bakery, The Hollywood Reporter, Tresemme, Hello Bello, Warner Bros Music, Breville, Darling Magazine, Kimberly Snyder // Solluna, Castor & Pollux, Bust Magazine, Masterclass, Revlon, People’s Choice Beef Jerky, Verizon, Tillamook, Ross, Offerman Woodshop, Fisher & Paykel, and Territory Foods.
Victoria’s product photos take many shapes!
Rocco Ceselin is a Los Angeles-based photographer, specializing in Still Life/Product, Aerial, Agriculture, Corporate, Fashion, Kids, Landscape, Lifestyle, Portraiture, and Travel. He got his start studying graphic design and working as a web designer in Italy. Rocco writes,
As a young boy I had a colorful vintage 1960s map of the United States above my bed. Each main region was represented with a little sketch or figure, very detailed, and I had dreams that one day I was going to be there and discover all those places myself.
I see life in colors, full of people who want to tell stories. I’m there to witness it and capture those moments with my camera.
His clients include: DreamWorks, Emmy, Forbes Japan, Lenovo, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Nature, Redfin, Stile, Sag Aftra, National Geographic, Associated Press, Marie Claire, Los Angeles Times, Edenspiekermann, The Commercial Observer, Variety, Chick-fil-A, Sunset Gower, Sunset Bronson Studios, Point Zero, Robb Report, Touring & Tasting, Masons of California, The Garwood, The Hollywood Reporter, Glamour, EI School Professional Makeup, The Commercial Observer, California Moon Rise, American Way / Nexos Celebrated Living, Wine Spectator, Cosmopolitan, PX, Alo House, Expensify, and Garuda.
Rocco knows product photography from top to bottom!
Teal Thomsen is a Los Angeles-based commercial and editorial photographer, who specializes in Still Life/Product, Food/Drink, Home/Garden, Hospitality, Lifestyle, and Travel. Teal was born and raised in Texas. She has a keen eye for detail, color, and natural light.
Her clients include: Apple, American Airlines, Four Seasons, INTERSECT by Lexus, Magnolia Network, Who What Wear, Crate & Barrel, US Bank, Fodors Travel, TripAdvisor, Smart Flyer, Paravel, Davidson Hospitality Group, and Parkview Private Collection amongst other travel and lifestyle brands. Published In: Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Hemispheres, Health Magazine, Interiors Magazine, American Way, Fodor’s, and Suitcase Magazine.
Before Teal learned how to make a photograph, she learned how to be a traveler. Travel is when she is most engaged, most inspired and most challenged. Learning bits of a new language and culture, getting lost in winding cobblestone streets or narrow dirt paths, meeting local people, and taking in every element of a moment—sights, scents, sounds and feelings. This is when Teal is most alive.
In Teal’s product photography, a well-framed carry-on elicits wanderlust!
Sedona Turberville is a Los Angeles-based (by way of Oakland) photographer and creative director, specializing in Still Life/Product, Food/Drink, Home/Garden, and Landscape.
Select clients include: Uber, Peet’s, Thistle, Vinebox, Gantri, Native, Rowan, Charlotte Russe, Rejuvenation, Scandinavian Designs, JC Penney, Doucce Cosmetics,Yves Rocher, Fenty, KVD Vegan Beauty, PRAI Beauty, Ole Henriksen, ANNA New York, Mon Chateau, Homepolish, Rip van Wafels, California Closets, Potli, Refinery 29, Booking.com, Domino, Edible East Bay, and Lonny.
In Sedona’s photos, products are in conversation with color and nature.
Daniela Gerson is a Los Angeles-based photographer and creative director, specializing in Still Life/Product, and Food/Drink. Daniela writes,
Veggies are sexY. I began my career as a chef with a passion for sourcing colorful produce from local markets. I love emphasizing the beauty of real food with my images. I’m also a food stylist and recipe developer with a gorgeous prop-filled studio in Venice, California.
Whether it’s stills or motion, Daniela collaborates with brands, restaurants, and publications, bringing their creative campaigns to life, from project concept to completion.
Her clients include: Zwilling, Vermont Creamery, Staub Cast Iron, Daily Harvest, Miyabi Knives, Empress Gin, Organic Valley, and Selfridges.
When she’s not in the studio, you can find Daniela surfing the California coast or teaching her niece how to braid a perfect purple challah.
Daniela’s product photography erupts from the produce aisle. Her knowledge of seasonal vegetables offers a color spectrum only found in the natural world.
Bethany Nauert is a Los Angeles-based photographer, who specializes in Still Life/Product, Architecture, Home/Garden, Hospitality, Lifestyle, and Portraiture. Born in Seoul, Korea, Bethany grew up primarily in San Diego. She earned a BFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After three years between NYC and the Bay Area, Bethany moved to LA in 2006, and has been freelancing as a full-time photographer since 2009. She writes,
My work mainly focuses on the nuances between lifestyle and interiors in both residential and hospitality commercial spaces.
Her clients include: Amazon Home, Amstermdam Mondern, Amy Peltier Interiors, Atwater Inc Studio, Badgley Mischka Home, Best Western, Brooklinen, Caesarstone, Curio Collection by Hilton, DIY Network, Double Tree by Hilton, Dunn Edwards Paints, Emily Henderson, Elyse Walker, HD Buttercup, HIlton, Hilton & Hyland, Hotel Covell, Hotel June, Joybird, Joss & Main, The Landsby Hotel, Mar Monte Hotel, Netflix, Novogratz, Oh Joy!, One Kings Lane, Parachute Home, The Private Suite at LAX, Room & Board, Simple Human, Sofitel Hotels, Sweetgreen, Tapestry Collection by HIlton, Tender Greens, and Towne by Elyse Walker.
With her warm compositions, Bethany can find a home for any product!
Patrick Strattner is a Los Angeles-based photographer, who specializes in Still Life/Product, Conceptual, Corporate, Portraiture, and Science/Technology. Patrick was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in a small town in Franconia. He studied photography and design at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences (FH Bielefeld).
Patrick loves working with real people in their natural surroundings and stages them in an authentic way. His conceptual still life work often encompasses a humorous commentary. Patrick is happiest when he is in the midst of creating a new series of images and enjoys every part of the process, from conception to execution.
His clients include: Adac Reisemagazin, Adidas, American Banker, American Honda Finance Corporation, Berliner Sparkasse, Bevel PR, Bosch, Boston University, Brand Eins, Brand Eins Thema, Daimler, Delta Air Lines, Dekra, Dräger, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Faz, Festool, George Fischer, Habitat for Humanity, Handelsblatt, Hispanic Executive Magazine, Imod Structures, Inc. Magazine, Launch House, Lufthansa Magazin, Manager Magazin, Mazda, Merck, Monocle, Modern Counsel, Multifamily Executive Magazine, National MS Society, National Underwriter Property & Casualty, NPR, NZZ Folio, On Wall Street, Pictet Wealth Management, Prosiebensat.1 Media, Psychology Today, Roland Berger, Scuba Diving Magazine, Siemens, Spex, Stem Disintermedia Inc., Stern, Stern Crime, SZ Magazine, Ten-X, The Herald Magazine, The Observer, The Record, The Red Bulletin, Thyssenkrupp, Tom Tailor, Unispace, Voith, Volkswagen, Wall Street Journal, Wirtschaftswoche, Zentralverband Des Deutschen Handwerks, and Zoom-Zoom Magazine.
For every product, Patrick rings in something new!
We hope you’ve enjoyed Wonderful Machine’s selections for the 10 best Product photographers in Los Angeles. Let these talented photographers in the City of Angels lift your products and brand to new heights!
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