Earrings are often the fastest and most frequently made type of jewelry, but they’re my least favorite to photograph! After lots of experimentation, and some pro-tips from other photographers, I have a few tricks to help you take photos that show off your earrings in the best possible way.
Many earrings, with the exception of very simple posts, dangle off of the ear lobe. Laying earrings on a flat surface for a photograph doesn’t give a good idea of how they look when worn. Instead, hang up your earrings for your photo shoot! There are countless objects to dangle earrings from. Not every pair of earrings looks good on the same object, so I keep a stash of photo props and have a variety of favorite spots around the house and yard to take my photos.
You don’t want to distract from the earrings, so keep your prop simple. A thin tree branch or rod is great for a natural setting. A wire or clear stringing material is more subtle. Earrings swing when you first hang them and the more you touch them, the longer it will take for them to be still. Be patient! If you’re taking your photos outside, also be aware of the wind. Seattle’s windier than you might think, so I often set up a wind break near my outdoor photo spots.
Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen