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

Edgy Product photos on white


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


25 Feb

Execute Art Not People

Execute art not people

The following pictures of from a project I shot for called Execute Art Not People. The series was curated by Aja Beech. I’ll be hanging the photos at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia.  Friday, June 1st, 2014 in tandem with first Friday

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Aja Beech is a freelance author writing about social issues and the arts. In 2010, she was the recipient of a Leeway Art and Change Grant and, in 2011, she was named one of Philadelphia’s Creative Connectors. Her poem, “for you women,” received a nomination for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in Newsworks, Huffington Post, Certain Circuits, Apiary Magazine, The 5-2, Ether Books, and Three Line Poetry. Links to her work appear at processpress.wordpress.com.

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King Britt is an American DJ and record producer from Philadelphia.

His musical curiosity has paved the way for the artist he is now. From composing house tunes for the legendary Strictly Rhythm and Nervous Records, djing for Sector 6 Grammy Award winning comrades Digable Planets, founded the legendary Ovum Recordings with techno wunderkind, Josh Wink, being tapped to underscore Michael Mannʼs Miami Vice and various commercials, to curating a full day at MoMA PS1 in New York, the list goes on and on.



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Supporters came to use their art to speak out against the current laws.

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Accordingly, the art all has the focus of raising awareness of sentencing laws in Pennsylvania.

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This charity and movement has meetings. Supporters have joined from all types of artists around Pennsylvania.

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Presently, you can find out more at https://executeartnotpeople.wordpress.com/.

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Take a moment to sign the petition. Ultimately, we want your help to change the death penalty laws in Pennsylvania. Find out what you can do to make the politicians listen to this important issue.

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23 Feb

Jon Foy in The Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia Weekly Jon Foy by Sean Bolton
This is a potytsoy of Jon Foy. John is a director. This shot made the cover of the Philadelphia Weekly. Jon and friends Justyn Duerr and Steve Weinik were recently excepted into the Sundance Film Festival for their documentary Resurrect Dead. A documentary where they researched the origin of the Toynbee Tiles .  Even if youve never heard of the Toynbee tiles before you may have come across them.  Check out this wikipedia article about them for the background. But also check out my friend Steve’s photo gallery of the shots here. 

If you dont have time to check out those links. The film covers a mysterious street artist who’s cryptic street tile art has reached people across the globe.