The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 26 with Still Life Photographer Christine Blackburne

The Busy Creator 26 w/guest Christine Blackburne

Christine Blackburne is a commercial still life photographer based in New York. She works primarily in the fashion, cosmetics, and jewelry sectors, bringing her stylish use of colour and light to her images.

This conversation moves from Christine’s origins as an assistant photographer, to how she sets up her still life shoots, and a bit about working with an agent and managing workflow.

Click through to the full blog post to see a few of Christine’s images, and check out her site,, to see even more.

Perfume bottles still life

Perfume bottles still life

Watches still life

Watches still life

Parrot on a Hand

Christine occasionally shoots things that move

Show Notes & Links



  • Stay away from client-created sketches or sketches you are showing to the client, which can be unrealistic in terms of dimensions or scale
  • Do as much in-camera as humanly possible
  • Let your agents play “bad cop”
  • Aim for a portfolio featuring about 20-30 final images
  • Bring a printed portfolio for your main work, but use your iPad for the case studies and deeper cuts
  • “Don’t get an agent until you’re so busy you need that extra set of hands.” ← Click to tweet


  • Calibrate your monitor bi-weekly
  • Be flexible (No routine! Not really.)
  • Keep one day per week for your own personal work, or office housekeeping

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About Prescott Perez-Fox

Prescott Perez-Fox is a New York-based graphic designer and brand developer with 15+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.