We're here for your non-white backgrounds too. You be the director, or ask us to suggest ideas that make your product come alive with props, environments or other background options.
If you're shopping for an experienced product photographer just now, check some of the following tips for some ideas you might not have considered:
We start every shoot by fine-tuning exactly what the client is looking for. Detailed shot lists are valuable on especially larger projects, and we routinely ask to see the web page(s) where the finished images will appear to assure continuity (angle, lighting, etc.). We're happy to direct the shots, but in the end the customer is always in charge.
Watch out for "single-use" licensing of the photos. Also ask about the size (pixels wide x pixels high) of the finished images you'll be given. You may want the full-sized versions (typically over 3000 pixels on the long side) for print use some day. Finally, if your photographer shows up for a product shoot without at least a tripod and light set, politely ask him or her to leave.
Our product photos involve two steps: Capture and post-processing. We may in rare cases edit shots provided by the client - eg. photos of past projects or business history shots - but we don't sell un-edited photos. When editing for use on Amazon, QVC, etc., we routinely select and cut out your product, which is why we can guarantee 100% pure white backgrounds. Once an image is selected, slipping a white background behind it is a snap. It's also just as easy to put another photo back there as well, whether to create a composite of your product shots, or to use a "stock" photo background (see the slideshow above). When subjects are cut out for white backgrounds, transparent "PNG" versions become low-cost options. Stock photos for use behind PNG's can usually be licensed from one of the stock sites (eg. canstockphoto.com) for under about $20.00.