houston film photography

lightwell co. brand session

LIGHTWELL CO MINI BRAND SESSION

film photographer Christine Gosch

So excited to share these with you! I’m always a little envious of small businesses who produce a physical product. I love working with my hands and having the ability to tangibly see your progress. I don’t get to witness that aspect with photography, so watching the Lightwell Co team work was so great. I can definitely appreciate the work that goes into what they’re doing. For their mini brand session, they wanted to show off the progress of making their candles, including photos of candles being poured, labels being put on, and a few of the other steps utilized by the handmade candle business based out of Houston, Texas.

First, they set out a small batch of their beautiful containers in rows. They have a couple of different vessel options, but for this small batch in particular, they used their white matte porcelain containers which are so beautiful. Perfect for a minimal aesthetic. Then they poured coconut soy wax flakes into a pitcher to heat it into liquid form. While the wax is melting, they place a wick in the center of each empty container. Once the wax is melted, it’s hand-poured into the wick-prepared containers. A labor of love, but so worth it.

The room started to fill up with the scent they were pouring (which also happens to be my favorite scent they offer)- Moss & Amber. Deciding my favorite scent was so tough because all of their scents are SO amazing. After a candle solidifies, they label it (obsessed with their logo/ branding, BTW) and put a letter pressed dust cover on it before packaging it up and shipping it to it’s new home, whether it be to an individual consumer or any one of their boutique stockists across the country and West Elm. AND they offer hand soap and lotion, so now you can smell as good as the candles make your home smell!

They’ve got nothing but bright things in their future and I’m so grateful I got the opportunity to photograph their beautiful, quality product :)

Film photographer: Christine Gosch | Candles: Lightwell Co. | Film lab: The FIND Lab

best of 2018

Christine Gosch -brand photographer

best of 2018

film brand photographer

2018 was so amazing. It was my first full year offering brand photography for businesses, artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives. To get a general idea of how each session goes, you can click here. As much as I’d love to say I could write up an instructional guide regarding exactly how your brand session will go, I can’t. Because EACH ONE WAS SO DIFFERENT and unique to the person or business I was shooting for. I love that!

I thought I’d take this opportunity to address some goals I have for my brand photography business this year, because I learned so much in 2018.

1) Market my mail-in option.

This one, I’m excited about. I’ve actually already got a couple of these lined up for January and February and I’m so excited. It’s exactly what it sounds like: if your business offers physical goods/ products, you mail me what you’d like photographed and I shoot it in my home office studio. Then I mail back your products. Bada bing bada boom.

2) Book more destination brand sessions.

I’ve got two lined up in a couple of weeks and it’s the best of both worlds for me: photography and traveling. If you’re not located within the Houston area, I would love to travel to you for your brand session!

3) New pricing structure.

This past year, I offered very introductory level pricing with the intentions of building up my portfolio and navigating the waters of this venture. Now that I have a clearer vision of what brand sessions entail and what I need to do to operate a successful business, I’ll be offering more fair prices. Any inquiry from here on out will be new pricing.

4) Work with a restaurant.

Ok, I just love food. Period. End of story. Eating it, cooking it, photographing it- you name it. I’m going to reach out to local restaurants in need of fresh content for marketing & see what happens. I’ll keep ya posted!

Below are some of my favorite images from brand sessions in 2018. Travels took me to Salt Lake City and New Braunfels,Texas, with the rest of my work keeping me in beautiful Houston. I worked with the most amazing individuals and businesses, and I am already so stoked for projects planned and unplanned in 2019. Happy new Year, all! Thanks for the support and love as I continue doing what I love.