Since photographing products are a common request, I can say over my career I have photographed quite a variety. From toasters to washers and dryers to jewelry to bedspreads, I've done quite a bit. On this particular day we were photographing designer pillows. These are all hand-made from a small company in Fairfax, CA, Twig and Cricket. Our challenge was to show the texture in the product as it was in a natural surroundings of a home in Oakland, CA.
The lighting was pretty simple. Start with a nice overcast day in the early morning so light is filtering through all the windows. I added a small strobe, a battery operated SB-800 on a wireless trigger, to hit the subject with a just a tick of fill light. This was shot with a very shallow depth of field to bring out the texture in the napkins.
Again, we used daylight from the windows and a portable flash with a slight warming gel to light up the front of the pillows.
We photographed the whole line of pillows in the same set-up so the owner could use what she wanted in different parts of the web site.
We set up and shot several outdoor photographs early that morning. Since the light was flat, we added a portable Nikon SB-800 with a warming gel off to the right to add some texture and give it that morning glow.