#Photography Winners

A couple of weeks ago we introduced the first Make It Monday of 2013 and we couldn’t believe the response we had to it. Over 400 photos were entered into the contest and we were all bowled away by the response! To see all of the photos entered into this contest, check out our Facebook Album:  Make it Monday: #Photography. This post of winners going to be a little different then other Make It Mondays. Because of the number of entries (did I mention it was over 400??!!) I knew it was going to be tough to pick just a few photos to highlight. So we picked some of our faves in five different categories: lighting, closeup, props, backdrop and soap as art. Even then, it was hard to choose. =) Are you ready for the winners? Drum roll please…

Lighting: Lighting is the most important aspect of taking a photo. It helps to bring the entire composition to a whole and really helps to sell your product. Favorites in this category were chosen for their well-lit photos, from clever use of light and dark to excellent natural lighting and everything in between.


Top Row: Ksenija Celner, Bubblina’s Soap Boutique, Patti Johnson

Bottom Row: Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps, Vilma from Tree Essences, Debbie from Soapylove

Closeup: Macro photos are always fun to take and getting close to your products can really highlight the luxurious ingredients that you used. My favorites in this category exhibited excellent close-up photography skills and really helped to call attention to the important details of their products.


Top Row: Marisa from Soaps Temptation – Sabonetes Artesanais, Gabriela from Beleco, Kelly from Sudsie Q Soaps

Bottom Row: Sensual Scentsations, Kristi from Life Soap Simple, Hayley from Paintbox Soapworks

Props:  The use of a prop in a photo can bring a photo all together and make it pop. Favorites in this category were chosen based on their use of props with their soap. Anything from paintbrushes, tea kettles and berries helped to make these photos stand out.


Top Row: Jill from Calise Soapworks & Such, Iulia Pascanu, Lisa Morlan

Bottom Row: Sisi from Heimatilbúnar Baðvörur, Roseanne of Monument SoapworksThe Carberry Soap Co.

Backdrop: A backdrop can make or break your photo and there were incredible ideas submitted to this Make it Monday. These faves were chosen for individual and creative backgrounds that really made the soaps come to life.


Top Row: Audra Weisenberger, Sally Bain, Darlye from Handmade by Cladar

Bottom Row: Emily from Suds by the Sea, spumis, Δωράκι- Σαπουνάκι

Soap as Art: The photos in this category were based on how artistic they looked. From the setup to the camera angle to the products, these winners made us want to hang their photos up in the office.

Soap As Art

Top Row: Karen from Astara Studio, Katie Walker, Amber Reddinger

Bottom Row: Ashley from Aqua Blossom, Carla and Garreth from Scent Cosmetics, Emily from Shieh Design Studio

Thanks to everyone who entered! Have you seen the Find the Love giveaway that started today? Check it out for some fun treasure hunting. And stay tuned next week as we reveal our latest Make-it-Monday style contest (for now)…with a twist!

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  1. says

    Mega excited and happy our picture was chosen. It was a very fun photo shooting! We took advantage of the beauty of our island (Puerto Rico) and decided to give our soaps a nice and cool ride to the beach! The background worked perfect with our ocean breeze soap.
    I absolutely loved this challenge and can’t stop looking at all the stunning photographs you guys took! I saw so many creative and elegant photographs! Thank you Soap Queen !!!!

  2. says

    Thanks so much for choosing our photo. Its an honour to be amongst these amazing soapmakers. We so enjoyed drooling over all the entries.

  3. Patti says

    Wow! Thank you so much for choosing my photo in the lighting category. I had fun making that soap and setting it up for the photo shoot! I loved looking at everyone’s photos and a big congratulations to the winners.

  4. says

    Congratulations to all the winners! Tree Essences is honored to have our Peppermint Patchouli 4 Clays Soap Bar as favorite in Lighting category. All here are soooo happy! Thank You!

  5. Aneka says

    Congrats to all the winners! Well deserved, and i learned quite a bit about improving my own photos. Lots of great ideas in the photo gallery for this contest!

  6. Michele says

    Wow!Soooo many to choose from-great stuff out there. Thank you so much, for including a Tierra Verde image! It was so fun to see all the beautiful product shots.

  7. says

    Squeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! I am so excited that my red heart soaps made it in the photography challenge! (photography is not my forte by any means…) I love these challenges, they really help me step out of the box a bit and try something new! Thanks guys!

  8. Audra says

    OOOH OOOH OOOH thank you so much for choosing my Snowland soap! I am truly thankful for being included. After looking at all the entries, several times, I did not envy the ones who had to choose from all the wonderful submissions. They were all fantastic!

    • says

      Your soaps are really an incredible work of art. Team Bramble Berry was absolutely astounded by the work and creativity put into them. Thanks for taking part in our fun contest, we were glad to have you participate. :)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  9. says

    I think out of all of them my faves in each category are:

    Lighting – Bubblina’s Soap Boutique.. that red is just awesome and the lighting catches it where it looks good enough to eat!!!

    Closeup – Sensual Scentsations – That scrub looks delectable!!!

    Props – Jill from Calise Soapworks & Such – the paint brushes is self-explanatory, those soaps look like a beach painting.

    Backdrop – Darlye from Handmade by Cladar – those soaps look right at home on the beach with waves behind… awesome!

    Soap as Art – Ashley from Aqua Blossom – the contrast between the pattern on the soap and the plate (cake pedestal??) is just stunning and eye catching. I love that!

    • says

      Thank you so much for liking my photograph! It was a very fun challenge! I had to be patient with the waves to get the perfect shoot and it absolutely worked!
      All the photographs were so unique and I saw so many I absolutely loved!

    • says

      The glass pedestal was my great grandmothers, Smellicious Soaps. I have three different ones, I bet she never saw that coming, soap on them instead of cakes!