When you visit Las Vegas during jewelry week, whether you’re a blogger or editor or even a mildly interested Instagram user, this one thing is true: You have the opportunity to photograph some really incredible jewelry.
Getting good photos of that jewelry, though, may be a different story.
I know this to be true, because I’ve tried. Sometimes I’m relatively successful, with a bit of editing and fussing with angles. Most often, though, I don’t feel that I’ve done most of the jewelry justice—or even done anything particularly ‘Gram-worthy. I can’t get that focus quite right. I should have chosen a more interesting backdrop. And don’t even get me started on that shadow. I can’t comprehend how to snap a picture without the shadow of my phone obnoxiously hovering (seriously, can someone please tell me how to avoid this?). I love photography and have always found myself to be, if not good, at least decent, at capturing life’s memorable moments. That perfect jewelry photo, though, continues to evade me.
Not so for a great number of my colleagues and peers, on the other hand, who capture the life of jewels exceedingly well. Even though I’m experiencing the show for myself, I still enjoy taking in the Instagram version, to get a glimpse of how others see the jewels that I saw in person. Not only can I discover new things to go and see this way, but I enjoy the work of those far more adept with their iPhones than I (however enviably) giving the lively gemstones and glittering diamonds of JCK their due spotlight.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some of these in person, though the photos above are definitely the next best thing.
(Top image via: @jencwilliams)