06 Feb

Art Photography

Art Photography

Art Photography can be a real challenge. But if your me that only makes things more interesting. Which is why when Robert Stokes asked me to photograph his work I was very pleased.

Part of the challenge in photographing art is that your job is essentially to represent the artists work without adding too much to it.  This can be a challenge when using artificial or studio light because while in some more commercial settings a flashy look can be good. In this case its not.  I took great care to highlight Roberts brush strokes and all the texture of each piece because it was such an integral part of the piece.

Death and Glory by Robert Stokes Photo by Sean Bolton

Death and Glory by Robert Stokes

White Walker by Robert Stokes Photo by Sean Bolton

White Walker by Robert Stokes

Eye by Robert Stokes Photo by Sean Bolton

Eye by Robert Stokes


Aegir by Robert Stokes Photo by Sean Bolton

Aegir by Robert Stokes

Silfra by Robert Stokes Photo by Sean Bolton

Silfra by Robert Stokes

Fractus by Robert Stokes Photo by Sean Bolton

Fractus by Robert Stokes

18 Dec

Product Photography Process

Product Photography Process

Potential clients of mine are usually very curious about the product photography process. In this article Ill help demystify the issue.

It always helps me when my clients have an idea of what they want their product to look like after the process. If you haven’t given the idea much thought there are tons of image based libraries like Pinterest or google image search that can help you find some images you like.  Once you have some ideas please send them over. Im always open to creative input.  Once I have your product in hand at the studio the next phase of the process begins.

This next phase of the process involves figuring out a good lighting and composition. I will experiment with different angles and lighting scenarios until I have some samples I am happy with. Once I have some good samples captured I send over proofs. Its important to understand that these images are still in raw form. Raw images wont be as vibrant or pop as much as the final image. They are merely there to give my clients an opportunity to preview what the final image will look like. After I deliver my initial proofs and receive feedback I either reshoot or move forward with the process.

The final process involves retouching and cropping. This is where Photoshop gets involved. I remove any blemishes dirt or imperfections from the images until they are perfect. This is also the phase where I will remove any background information from the pictures. Since most of my business is product photography on white its crucial to the final product. I’ve laid out a before and after image below for a better understanding the process.

Product Photography Process

18 Dec

Philadelphia Product Photography

Philadelphia Product Photography

My business is focused on Philadelphia Product Photography . I provide hi end commercial product photography for small and large businesses in the general philadelphia area.

I recently completed a catalog shoot for Better Bee.  They focus on green and environmentally conscious cosmetics and household products.

This shoot was actually a lot of fun. Contrary to how most of my shoots go Lisa and Brian wanted to be in the studio for the shoot. Generally most people prefer to just drop their products off and have me send proofs. This helps the creative process move happen very quickly. Its akin to having an art director right there with you while you shoot. It was so much fun helping them solve their problems of what items to shoot and in what order in real time.

If your planning on attending the Philadelphia gift show this year make a point to go check out their booth.

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25 Nov

Catalog photography

Catalog Photography

My clients need catalog photography all the time. This usually involves a lot of different items that need to have a very consistent feel. It can be challenging in 2 ways usually. The first is that I need to photograph hundreds of items and they all need to look the same. This includes small variations like color etc. The second example is when multiple unlike items need to be photographed and have a consistent feel or look.

I recently completed a shoot for Bestwork Industries . They are located right over the bridge from me in Cherry Hill NJ. They are unique in that they produce goods manufactured by a mainly blind workforce. Their main clients are the government and the military.

They are launching a new website and need some fresh new images to help get their brands message across. We met for a brief consult and got a good idea of what they needed.  They carry a variety of products that don’t all “style” the same way.  This makes things a little more challenging at times. We actually brought in a stylist and a mannequin for the first shots you see below.

Really most of my job as a catalog photographer is as a problem solver. My clients need quality images. They understand that quality images will help them sell more. If you sell moret we both make more money.  Check out the images below for some samples of the end product.

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22 Jan

Product photos on white

Product photos on white

I am often contacted by clients that need product photos on white.  This is great for me because its actually one my specialties.  If you are going to be selling on amazon at all they actually require that your photos meet these standards. And even if you aren’t going to be selling on amazon having professional product shots on pure web white can give you that edge to succeed over your competition.  Below are some examples of different styles of shots on white I offer.

Reflective surface

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With props

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In addition to these looks I can pretty much duplicate any look you can find on the web. If you have an idea please fire away.

10 Jan

Jewelry photography

Jewelry Photography

This past year (2016) I was contacted by Ryan over at Dylanlex.  Ryan and his brother are really impressed with my jewelry photography online and we quickly set up meeting.  We sat down at a local coffee shop called La Colombe.

Ryan had been doing most of the photography for the company by himself . This can be really overwhelming. The trouble he was having was isolating the images on a pure white background. This happens to be my specialty so this made for really excellent collaborative experience. Ryan knew exactly what he wanted, but really enjoyed the flair I was able to bring his brand.  He and I really clicked and were able to find a look that really worked with just a little back and forth.

One of my favorite things to do is to collaborate with people who have a really solid and strong vision. It makes my job so much simpler and its a lot easier to satisfy a client that knows what they want. Below you can see some samples of the jewelry photography I delivered .

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26 Feb

Philadelphia Photographer

Philadelphia Photographer

Here is a small piece on myself and my business. The reporter asked me about what its like to be a Philadelphia Photographer and some other things. Its below if you dont want to click the link. They even included a cool shot of the back of my head. Hope you enjoy.

Freelance photographer Sean Bolton—currently based in East Kensington—has called sections of Northeast Philadelphia home for roughly seven years.

“I like what’s happening down here, this sort of revitalization movement,” said Bolton. “There’s great houses, history and buildings. It creates a community of arts.”

Though mainly self-taught, the 33-year-old Germantown native attributes much of his knowledge to photography collective The Wonderful Machine. When he’s not touring with his band, Surgeon, Bolton mainly shoots for independent companies out of his home studio—from a handbag designer when he first started dabbling in the industry to design companies to Screen Dreams, a company known for its fireplace DVDs.

Philadelphia Photographer Sean Bolton


01 Nov

Product Photographer

Product Photographer

I recently have made some changes to my site and portfolio. The site now focuses on my digital product photography and commercial photography and my work as a product photographer.

Above is a shot I composed and captured for Tim Andreadis over at 20th Century and Fine Period Design. Tim works in the antique business. Buying antiques, reselling antiques, estate liquidation etc.  Tim hired me to get some sharp new images for his new website.

Tim had a lot of unique items. In fact none were quite the same. There were items the size of large sofas, and items as small as a bowl.  In some ways as a product photographer this can be a challenge. Setting light and composition can sometimes take up to 70% if not more of the shooting time. So as you can imagine with unique items it has to be reset each time which made it a challenge. What really made this shoot such a success was Tim’s passion for his work. He was also able to communicate to me his vision for his site, which helped me hone each image to near perfection.

I wrote this blog post  to help you understand what it takes to get the highest quality images for your needs.  From the biggest studios down to smallest of small photo shoots, the best images always come out of everyone’s ability to work together as a team. As a Product Photographer Im always looking to hear the most you have to say about what your vision is down to the most minute detail. Because ultimately you know more about what you do then anyone else.  I take this approach because it is one of the best ways to hear and get the best ideas on the table and into implementation. Which is ultimately everyone’s goal.

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Product-Photographer 1

17 Dec

Environmental Portraiture

Environmental Portraiture

I had the pleasure of photographing my long time friend Daniel Kennedy. I’ve always loved shooting environmental portraiture so this shoot was a blast.  Dan needed some portraits to help boost his teaching business.  I’ve know Dan for years so having the opportunity to photograph him was a great time. We’ve shared the same stage on multiple occasions over the years and its always been a blast. This experience was no different.

For this shoot we shot at a refurbished warehouse space called the Garage Mahal. It used to be an old textile factory like some many buildings in fishtown/east Kensington that was repurposed into a living/art space.

Dan is a musician and music teacher, you can check out his work at the following links.  dkennedymusic.weebly.com knomigon.com

Environmental Portraiture

Environmental Portraiture

Environmental Portraiture

14 Dec

Music Photography

Music Photography

Being a musician myself has always drawn me to photography. Every time my band needed to have a photo taken I loved the process. For this reason I loved the opportunity to get my hands dirty with some exciting music photography.

My long term friend Jace Miller (pictured below) got in touch with me. He needed some shots done for his band Alright Junior’s new album. We had performed together many times in the past so I knew they would be down for some exciting shots.

Most of these shots took place along the graffiti pier area here in the Kensington section of philadelphia.  One of my challenges in shooting in such an urban environment is how to find something new that hasn’t been done a million times before.  I feel this way for a couple reasons. One I really like the idea of taking a photo in an environment that you would never guess was possible with such limited choices. Two I really like to deliver a wide amount of variety when possible to better my chances at pleasing my clients.

The images below were photographed in construction equipment, underneath I95 and in an abandoned field near Richmond st. This shoot was a blast and I really hope to do more like this.


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