Instant Inspiration: Sexy Soap

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When it comes to taking pictures of beauty products, I think none can be more challenging to photograph than good ole bar soap.  There are many, pretty soaps on the market these days, created with beautiful shapes, textures, and intriguing ingredients.  But at the end of the day it’s just a slice that sits in the palm of the hand, which can look a bit drab if not propped and lit well.  And with that comes the temptation to over-prop to the point that the soap itself is no longer the subject of the photograph, rather just a bit player in a larger production. 

If you have soap on your shot list, we have some images we’ve collected to give you some instant “soap-spiration”:

Simple but sexy, this shot highlights ingredients but doesn’t get lost in props.

Simple but sexy, this shot highlights ingredients but doesn’t get lost in props.

We love this shot spotted on Getty Images taken by Jame Worrell - it gives you great impact while not taking away from the mission of soap… to get you clean!

We love this shot spotted on Getty Images taken by Jame Worrell - it gives you great impact while not taking away from the mission of soap… to get you clean!

This is a really intriguing stack of sudsy soap which is part of a series spotted on iStock and created by artist VintageRobot

This is a really intriguing stack of sudsy soap which is part of a series spotted on iStock and created by artist VintageRobot

Another from VintageRobot and available on iStock is this bubbly goodness.

Another from VintageRobot and available on iStock is this bubbly goodness.

This is fun as you can see the detail of the slice, as well as the texture of the top.  The image can also be displayed both vertically and horizontally so it is accomodating of lots of different social media needs.

This is fun as you can see the detail of the slice, as well as the texture of the top. The image can also be displayed both vertically and horizontally so it is accomodating of lots of different social media needs.

Last but not least, there is the classic stack of soap ~ it’s crucial to get close enough to show texture otherwise the shot can look like a stack of gelatin, chips, mattresses ….?

Last but not least, there is the classic stack of soap ~ it’s crucial to get close enough to show texture otherwise the shot can look like a stack of gelatin, chips, mattresses ….?

We have loads more ideas on our Sexy Soap Pinterest Page > https://www.pinterest.com/BoxwoodPress/sexy-soap/