Weronika Karczewska Photography

Dark and moody nail polish photoshoot

For A Weathered Penny
Autumn 2022

I've been following A Weathered Penny for a little while so when Kayleigh reached out wanting to work together, I was SO excited at the thought of what amazing project this could be.

A Weathered Penny is a London based independent brand, creating design led jewellery and beauty accessories, and this shoot was going to be all about creating high end, commercial and luxurious product photography for their nail polishes range.

"Weronika is easy to work with, she's very creative and always matches the brief's set."

As we've never worked together, it was totally understandable that Kayleigh wanted to test out the waters with a mini photoshoot package. This allowed us to focus on 10 final product images and really finesse the ideas we had for this project. The brief was to make the products stand out using minimal props and plain background whilst playing around with lighting and creating a minimal, modern feel.


The first thing I always do when I'm brainstorming ideas is looking back at my clients styling questionnaire and any imagery they've attached as well as their Pinterest moodboard. This shoot was going to involve a lot of neutral colours and very minimal props so lighting was the key element in making sure the products stand out.

To add a bit of dynamic to the shots I decided to use some backlighting which casted lots of moody shadows and the deep browns worked great as the backdrop, making the products the hero of the shoot. One of my favourite ways to add interest to a shot without using too many props is bringing in natural surfaces such as marble blocks, stones and tiles. These can often elevate the products (quite literally) and give your eyes something else to look at.


I can safely say that this was one of my favourite shoots I've ever done. The final product shots looked modern and minimal which is what the client asked for. The dark tones and moody shadows worked amazingly against the brighter nail polish tones, creating a contrast where the product is the true hero.

"She makes everything super easy from booking-planning-to shoot day. Always providing high quality images with a quick turnaround."

A Weathered Penny

A Weathered Penny is a London based independent brand, creating design led jewellery and beauty accessories.
London, UK
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