Most photographers rely on the chemistry they develop with their subject, whether it’s a person or animal, to convey emotion through their photos. But what happens when your subject doesn’t talk, move, listen, or do anything for that matter? Such is the nature of most things that businesses offer. Generally, they sell goods that are inanimate objects. However, the version of these inanimate objects we see in promotions is hardly “inanimate.” Think of that vodka bottle you saw on a billboard downtown, perched on a wooden table with a beach lining the background. It perhaps reminded you of the most interesting man you met that one summer, donned in his light-blue tropical linen shirt and white shorts who felt like a party personified. All of this was accomplished by some very talented individuals. So, if you happen to be in the state capital of Georgia and need someone to capture the personality of the goods you sell, turn to our list of the best product photographers in Atlanta.
At Wonderful Machine, still life or product photography applies to “any inanimate object not covered by our other specialties, often products.” If you keep that in mind, we’ve largely refrained from including still life photos covering beauty and cosmetic items, liquids, and food and drink products in this post. But considering our definitions of those specialties and how there is an overlap with product photography, a few exceptional photographers managed to make their way in.
Without further delay, let’s get to our list of individuals who’ve mastered the art of product photography in Atlanta.
One of our favorite product photographers in Atlanta, Fernando Decillis emigrated from Uruguay to the US as a child, fleeing his country’s military dictatorship for a better life. During those early years when he knew very little English, communication and socializing came in the form of playing football, and over the years, he hasn’t let language act as a barrier in his line of work, having photographed political leaders and celebrities around the world.
This skill set has translated well with products, since his still life photography does a whole lot of talking, too, embodying the journey a subject has been through to get to its destination. Most of this is achieved by the subject, setting, and background elements interacting with one another, chiming in with bits and pieces of the story to elevate a product to an experience.
Atlanta-based photography duo Iain Bagwell and Victor Protasio will have you working up an appetite in no time. In their own words, they “live, love and breathe food photography,” and even skimming through their portfolio can lead to countless individuals abandoning their diet plans.
They’re masters at documenting the intricate processes at work in the kitchen, ultimately leading to delectable treats both sweet and savory. The duo’s product photography is an off-shoot from their primary specialty, isolating individual elements and letting a minimalistic approach highlight the item in question.
Some of their clients include The Home Depot, Walmart, DoubleTree by Hilton, Delta, and Food & Wine.
Atlanta product photographer Daryl Spiegel has had a colorful life, to say the least. After completing his studies in graphic design at the New York Institute of Technology, he served four years with the United States Air Force and covered two deployments. It was only after those stints, though, that he bought his first camera and fell in love with photography.
His photos covering the specialties of landscape, lifestyle, automobiles, and product encapsulate that same sense of adventure he has lived through. It’s hard not to feel a sense of wonder and astonishment looking through his portfolio, even if the subject at hand happens to be a water bottle with a sprawling vista of the beach and ocean behind it. Mind you, a water bottle that has most definitely accompanied its owner on many an adventure in the great outdoors. If you want to tell a story with your business’s goods, Daryl’s a perfect choice.
Most people will have you believe that summer is merely a season, but Atlanta product photographer duo Michelle Norris and Forrest Aguar will convince you that it’s a state of mind. After meeting at the University of Georgia where they both studied photography, the two have created a rare, surrealistic style, relying on compositions and color combinations that transport you to another dimension entirely (are we on the set of the upcoming Barbie movie???).
Their photos combine strong, bold, and vibrant colors, using contrast to let various aspects of a photo pop to life. With such a distinct palette on display, Tropico Photo has worked with the likes of American Express, OLLY, Vitafusion, Target, and Mailchimp, a portfolio of clients as diverse as the shades and hues they celebrate.
Nathan Bolster’s career behind the camera started as a photojournalist, capturing those “defining moments” from the world of sports and news. Now, he splits his time between Atlanta and San Francisco, continuing to add more miles to his career as a commercial photographer that spans over 10 years.
His product photography showcases true breadth and diversity, spotlighting consumer goods in studio settings and their environments of use. He has done this with everything from tennis shoes and electric toothbrushes to blenders and point-of-sale terminals.
This breadth and diversity of skill is evident through his client list, covering such brands as the Husky Corporation, Philips, Wahoo, and The Honey Pot Company, to name a few.
With more than 20 years of commercial and editorial experience, Calvin Lockwood has a trained eye for product photography in Atlanta and beyond. While his food and drink portfolio allows ingredients to burst through the picture with diverse colors, his still life imagery is grounded in more earthy tones. He usually personifies his subjects as salt of the earth, unless the assignment at hand calls for something different. This is most evident through his still life work in kitchen and dining settings, where a clean, sleek, and pristine presentation evokes an attitude of class and elegance.
Some of his clients include Coca-Cola, AT&T, AAA, Macy’s, Philips, Atlanta Magazine, Minute Maid, and Dunkin’ Donuts.
Kelly Kline is an extremely recognizable name in Atlanta, both within and outside the photography industry. Her talent for combining bold colors, movement, and passion in the sports and fitness specialty has led to work with Nike, Under Armour, Powerade, and ESPN.
In the area of product photography, she’s adept at changing her style to include both clean, white backdrops and decorated setups that reveal the particular flavor of the subject. Her work in this area is ideally suited for the presentation of products in digital spaces like websites, in addition to other media.
Among other things, she’s the Co-founder of Pinspire, a networking event that aims to support women in the photo industry, and the owner of Treehouse Studios, her personal studio which is also available for full-service rentals.
Angie Webb is an Atlanta-based photographer whose portfolio covers many specialties, including lifestyle, interiors, portraits, product, and food and drink. While you could say the last one on the list is her bread and butter, her product photography is equally up for it.
She’s got a knack for letting products shine through in their natural habitats, whether it’s a white pillow case with a canine insignia resting on a queen-size bed, or a wooden shelf holding years of memories in picture frames. But you can also add studio-based photoshoots to her resume, where she lets plain backgrounds and simple colors complement the packaging of the subject at hand.
Her clients include Nintendo, Vox Media, Mercedes Benz, Kimberly-Clark, and Four Seasons among many others.
When we created our list of the best individuals for product photography in Atlanta, we had to look at so many aspects that underlie exceptional photos in this specialty. And when it comes to Ali Harper’s selection, placement and composition were key. She uses space and angles to highlight the subject and involve the supporting cast of characters in the background. In essence, she creates idealized settings that reveal how we might find these items lying around our homes. It’s a talent that she has cultivated through her work in the interiors and lifestyle photography specialties, which you can also view on her website.
Some of Ali’s clients include Cisco Systems, Chick-fil-A, William Sanoma, Dwell Magazine, and Southern Living Magazine.
After discovering her love for photography in high school, Leah Perry went off to study marketing at Emory University and photography at the Portfolio Center College of Art and Design in Atlanta. These dual educations certainly helped her understand what attracts the eye’s attention.
Color is a riot in Leah’s images. With strong roots in the fashion and beauty landscapes, she harnesses her unique understanding of color in product photography as well. Another operating theory is that her love of science fiction guides her camera to paint some truly breathtaking and abstract compositions in still life.
Some names on her client list are Alternative Apparel, Carter’s, Ecco, Macy’s, and Topazery.
Jason and Natalie Hales started their practice over a decade ago, deciding their marital union could extend to their professional lives as well. While lifestyle advertising campaigns remain their focal point, they’ve branched out to cover other specialties over the years, including brand narrative, portraiture, and product photography.
Hales Photo’s ethos is to have fun and challenge themselves, and their portfolio provides an abundance of proof for this. They’ve collaborated with some of the most reputable brands and institutions out there, including Porsche, Coca-Cola, the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta History Center, Matchstic, and LG.
We have Lauren Liz rounding out our list of product photographers in Atlanta. While she does focus mostly on food, drink, and beauty products, her airy and cheerful style of photography will suit brands and publications both large and small. There’s a remarkable sense of lightness to her images, even when she incorporates strong, robust colors. If you’re searching for someone to paint the broader picture and the intricate details of your product in the most positive fashion possible, Lauren’s the right person for the job.
Some of her clients include the Atlanta Falcons, Nestlé, Synovus Bank, Panera Bread, and Wayback Burgers.
If you didn’t know where to begin your search for the best product photographers in Atlanta, you now have 12 possible starting points. Each option brings something unique and different to the table, and we’re certain there’s an ideal candidate on this page for your next commercial or editorial assignment.
And if you feel like expanding your search of product photographers beyond Atlanta, we can help with that as well.