Product Photography Steel River Gin

Everyone and I do mean everyone, likes a drop of Gin. Am I right? Of course I’m right, that was a rhetorical question. So when I got the chance to do some product photography for Teesside’s very own Gin, I jumped at the chance. Steel River Gin is the brainchild of one Mr Jay Byers, inspired by his love of Teesside, Granada and of course, Gin. This man is relentless in his goal of having a Gin empire, based in and inspired by Teesside. So I just knew, I had to be involved. 

So, the plan was to get outdoors with these beautiful bottles of purple loveliness. Unfortunately, we were on a tight deadline, and the great British weather had other ideas. It was raining cats and dogs, goes the old expression. Why is that an expression? Something to do with Norse mythology, or some sort of medieval unpleasantness or other? Anyway, I digress. So an outdoor shoot was completely off the cards, my gear is weather sealed, it has to be, sometimes it rains when I’m doing weddings. But neither Jay or I quite fancied looking like drowned rats, and it wouldn’t have really given us the desired effect we were looking for, for Jay’s wonderful gin. So, new plan, Plan B as they say “Jay, do you know anyone with a bar that wouldn’t mind very much, us using it to shoot in?” Jay being Jay, of course he knew someone with a bar, he’s been building relationships with local bar owners for quite some time. Professionally speaking, of course. And off we went to a great little place in Darlington (the name escapes me at the moment, I’ll add it once it comes back to me) with a few bottles of Steel River Gin, my trusty Canon camera, a 70-200mm long lens, a tripod and plenty of lighting options. I think both Jay and I have to thank the very patient barmaid, who even stayed beyond closing time while I worked the shot. That’s the thing with product photography you see. You could go in, take 10 shots, think you’ve nailed it. but when you upload them to the computer, not so much. I won’t risk that. In the end, I think I had somewhere in the region of 150 plus shots, there were lots of keepers in there. But we needed just one quality shot for a local publication called Savour Magazine. That’s the winning shot you see right here.

So we got the shot, not bad even if I do say so myself. Jay got it delivered to him in time to get it across to Savour Magazine, which makes it my first officially published work. And all was well in the world. Plus, I got to taste some of the most amazing Gin to ever pass my lips. Honestly, the flavour profile is like nothing I had ever tasted before. Including prickly pear cactus fruit, who even knew that could be an ingredient in Gin? Who knew that could be an ingredient in anything? For more information about Jay’s inspiration behind Steel River Gin, the flavours and of course ordering, do check out And if you have a product, you would like to have photographed, be it on location, or in a studio style. Head on over to the contact page to send me a message.