When you’re first starting out, you’ve got to be infinitely grateful for the clients who come to you. And even more thankful for the ones who are patient enough to understand that you are still learning. This is when I learned that white background product photography is one tough cookie. There was definitely more than one attempt to produce this:
Eventually you figure things out, and that relationship with your very patient client grows into something awesome.
So I wanted to give a shoutout today to a client who first came to me out of nowhere to me last year. Khmer Creations Jewellery Studio was first founded by one, two and then three ladies. Antonia and Jane, who are from Australia, joined forces with Samnang to create a social business that provides income generation for women in vulnerable communities in Cambodia, and has since grown to become an all-female, locally managed jewellery design and production studio that now exports its products to Europe, North America and Australia. Women from low-income and vulnerable communities in the Phnom Penh area are provided with an income matched to the local living wages, as well as health insurance and a safe workplace. Not only that, but they’re also educated and equipped with skills in financial literacy and personal development. They’ve even got a savings and loan group going on inside Khmer Creations. Some are single moms, and Khmer Creations even has a day-care to make sure that the cutest bubs are taken care of. Penh Lane came around shortly after as a trading company that not only works with Khmer Creations, but also four other Cambodian social businesses to design, wholesale and retail jewellery and other accessories to markets around the world.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been taking editorial shots for Penh Lane, featuring models of my choosing. I picked my lady lifting buddies from Crossfit Amatak because they are a joy to work out with. Rebekah has an infectious smile even during the toughest of workouts, Julia is always amazing conversation in between the burpees and Lyda can lift a mighty mass and look fabulous at the same time. I knew they’d look great in Khmer Creations’ goodies.
I also got to shoot a couple of the gorgeous ladies that work at Khmer Creations Jewellery Studio. Which was just so much fun and a big lesson in directing a shoot with my could-definitely-be-better Khmer language skills and with Samnang as my translator.
Find Penh Lane and Khmer Creations products online and at local stockists! If you’re in Phnom Penh, you can find the goodies at Lot369, Teahouse Asian Urban Hotel, the Watthan Artisans shop on Street 240 and at Aeon Mall!
A big huge thanks to Farm to Table for letting me run around your beautiful green space!
All photos by Tiffany Tsang for Khmer Creations. Please request permission to use. We are not liable for any accessories shopping binges.