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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Russell

Perfume Product Photography

Dark moody image of a Prometheus perfume
Dark moody image of a ProtagonistX perfume

When two Australian entrepreneurs, who started the Brand Protagonist X asked me to photograph their first fragrance – Prometheus, I was excited.  The perfume bottle has a very unique hexagonal prism shape with many glass surfaces consisting of four triangular raised planes of glass.  The cap is unique as well, so photographing this product was truly a challenge in lighting.  Having said this, perfume product photography, which requires lots of problem solving is exactly the type of work I enjoy the most!


The brief for the shoot was:

1.     To capture the bottle and box in the best possible light on a white background. 

2.    To create a styled image that represents some of the spicy woody scent. 

3.    To create a dark moody image.

Styled perfume bottle image representing spicy wood scent
Styled image representing spicy wood scent

The emphasis in the first place was photographing the glass planes of the bottle and the cap as well as capturing the correct colour of the Eau de Parfum – all shot on a crisp white background.

For the styled image, clients brought in some bark and branches to use as props.  I experimented with different lighting colored gels which gave the images a point of difference.  

The last image was probably the hardest to shoot.  The image had to show a dark moody background but not lose the sense of the bottle shape nor the light yellow colour of the perfume.  

Protagonist X perfume bottle and box on a white background

Below is a lovely Google recommendation from my clients after the shoot:

“Cannot fault the work that Andrea did. Professional but down to earth conduct for the whole process. Not only did Andrea produce some exceptionally high-quality images, but she was very responsive to any changes and specifics that we wanted. In addition, we managed to have the photography done in a lot quicker time than we accounted for, a testament to Andrea's efficiency. Was nothing short of a pleasure working with Andrea and I look forward to more opportunities to do so.”


Click below for more information about the brand Protagonist X and their perfume – Prometheus.

Prometheus perfume styled on bark and branches


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