Tips for Photographing Models Wearing Your Jewelry

by Rebecca Brooks.

This post by Rebecca Brooks is a response to Getting Your Friends to Model Your Jewelry by Alyson Garvey.

Tips for Photographing Models Wearing Your Jewelry, by Rebecca Brooks - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

I erased moles and scars in Photoshop and added more hair to the image to make it appear more polished and professional

Now You know the untapped reservoir of free models!

Our friends and family are always more than happy to dress up. You might be surprised who would enjoy being a model for a day.

Years ago when I used to do freelance hair and makeup for friends in art school, we definitely worked with ‘free’ or barter models all the time.

Most of the time people are more than happy to help for free.

It’s something new for them to do, and exciting.

Plus they get a great portrait of themselves out of it!

Now with so many apps all you need to do is focus your camera and shoot, so being a trained professional isn’t super necessary but experience with your camera does help.

The more familiar you are with lighting and how your camera responds to certain types of light the easier it will get to have great photos.

Lighting Tips:

Tips for Photographing Models Wearing Your Jewelry, by Rebecca Brooks  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

if the lights are too harsh on your model just add a screen in front of your light, like white tissue paper.

It will soften any glare, like from an oily nose etc.

Just make sure your tissue doesn’t catch fire.

I use high power LED bulbs in the cheap metal utility clamp lights, and tape either tissue or printer paper over the bulbs.

It depends how soft you need to go.

Makeup Tip:

If your model’s makeup is melting under the warm lights you can blot off the oils by laying a tissue over the face and gently pressing the tissue against the face.

Don’t wipe the tissue, keep in place and press, then peel it off gently.

Then your model’s makeup looks freshly applied without caking on too much cosmetics.

Tips for Being Your Own Jewelry Model:

Below is my simple, low-tech lighting set up for photographing jewelry.

Simple low-tech lighting setup for jewelry photography, by Rebecca Brooks  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Lighting set up that anyone can do at their desk with low-tech lights

And here is an example of how to photograph jewelry on your own body:

Using a simple low-tech lighting setup to photograph jewelry on your own body, by Rebecca Brooks  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Be your own jewelry model

This pyramid ring is an amethyst point and sterling silver. Yep, it’s my hand:

by Rebecca Brooks  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

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  • Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous, do-able tips and your makeup tutorial here, Rebecca! I especially appreciated your thoughts on getting free models for your jewelry, and being your own model particularly for hand and arm jewelry. Love seeing how you work your lighting and photo setup.

  • Lisa says:

    Thank you for this great post. i’m wanting to get some of my friends to model my jewelry and this post is soooo helpful. Will keep me from making lots of mistakes thanks to your expert advice. The makeup tutorial is great. LUV how you take pics on your own arm/hand, thanks for showing how to do this with a professional look. Now i have no excuses for getting started with this, lol.

  • Great tips! I have “old lady” hands, so I tend to wear opera gloves to model rings and bracelets.

  • Hi Rena, Lisa, and Anne!
    I’m so pleased some of my experiences are helpful for others. It’s so rewarding to share with people.
    Rena, it was so much fun collaborating with you. I am up for a last minute request ANY TIME! :^)
    Lisa, yes taking pictures of your own arm can be a challenge. About as much as a challenge as wrangling a friend to sit still lol. You will definitely have to play around with your arm position vs. the lights position, to ensure no shadows cover over your piece.
    Anne, Honey I hear ya, I have over a Million miles on my poor hands. LOL, 30 plus years of working with them. I find that using cotton gloves at night with a heavy moisturizing lotion really helps with wrinkles. And I actually use HYALURONIC ACID on my hands too, it is a natural substance that holds 1,000 times it’s weight in water. You should see results after a few weeks or so of religiously regular usage hopefully. You can get HA or (HYALURONIC ACID) on Amazon for $10.00 – $12.00’s.

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