Update: Please also see my product photography portfolio.
Foshan product photography is rather popular for me at the moment; the city is essentially a suburb of Guangzhou, where I’m based, and its status as a world manufacturing hub for sofas, chairs, and other furnishings draws a global audience of buyers keen to make their fortunes exporting furniture from China.
Large pieces of furniture are a bit tricky to transport off-site for photography so I end up traveling to Foshan with a van full of photo equipment to set up a portable studio in factory showrooms. Moving bulky arm chairs on and off a white background all day is definitely hard work but is much easier than moving a container load of furnishings to an off-site studio.
These photos are from a one-day shoot at a Foshan factory where the client managed to consolidate tables, chairs, lamps and other items from various factories to a single showroom.
A more typical arrangement is to shuttle between different factories (on separate days) photographing a batch of goods at each location.
Chinese factories are notoriously strange about lending samples to be photographed but are usually quick to see the potential benefits they might enjoy from having a professional photographer come set up and make images for one of their customers.