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The Busy Creator Podcast with Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator Podcast is a discussion program where creative professionals from across the spectrum share tools, techniques, and habits they use in their practice. Listeners are introduced to strategies and pro tips to be their most creative, productive selves.

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Oct 6, 2014

The Busy Creator 26 w/guest Christine Blackburne

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 26 with Still Life Photographer 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