Photography Styling Challenge #12: Personal

Photography Styling Challenge

Photography Styling Challenge

I signed up for the challenge without batting an eyelid. I never usually do things like that. I am a very conscious girl to the point of being negative, that I review the decisions I have taken a million times before actually taking them. So when I signed up for this.. so simply, I knew I had myself in trouble! But impromptu choices like these are what make my life so interesting. Stumble and fall I did in the first few, then a few encouraging words from M, a bit of practice, a bit of reading and observing and I find myself actually loving it! I finally enjoyed the process and yeah, the results too. ๐Ÿ™‚

So the finale is to be shot with anything or anyone you consider Personal. The theme is vast and so I was pretty clueless for some days. But here is my take on the concept.
I have been journalling snippets of my life. Though not as regular as I would like to be, I still write when something special happens to me. Happy moments and some sad. Few successes and some failures. The beauty of life and its ugly side…my journal has seen it all. Emulating the mother, my 7 year old daughter jots down precious moments too – of course in her diary.

Here are a few typical scenes from the table:

My Study

My Study

My glasses hold a very special place at the writing table!

Can't do much without them

Can’t do much without them

So, she barges in when I am trying to do a shoot, insists on laying her diary and paraphernalia too.

She writes too :)

She writes too ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that is my favorite pen, a fine micro tip gel.

Personal

Personal

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. To check out the other participants, click here:

Redesigned By M
At the corner of Happy and Harried
Inge Kathleen Photography
City Girl Searching
The Delicious World Of Chefette Spicy
A Tree Grows In The Bayou
I Live Under A Rock Called Table Mountain
Hooked on homes
Samta Photography
Miss Wang Photography
SimplyVegetarian777
Coconut Craze

So what started off unpremeditated and turned out painful and despairing in the beginning, ultimately proved to be fruitful, gratifying and a wonderful experience for me. I am just so glad I could be a part of this. This is the last post of the challenge. I hope M comes up with another series of such challenges, and again I would be a part of it, without batting an eyelid ๐Ÿ™‚

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Photography Styling Challenge #10: Light

Photography Styling Challenge

Photography Styling Challenge

 

God said Let there be Light and So there was Light.

But with Light, comes shadows. Shadows are imperative, they give body and meaning and definition to things around us. I am enamored by both Light and Shadows.

To quote DaVinci:
Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves.

An early morning trip to the beach helped me capture the gentle waking rays of the sun and the slight shadows it cast. While my girl played with her toys and dug pits, I tried hide and seek with Mr Sun.

Early morning Sunlight

Early morning Sunlight

she plays with light

she plays with light

If there's light, there has to be shadows

If there’s light, there has to be shadows

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. To check out the other participants, click here:

Redesigned By M
At the corner of Happy and Harried
Inge Kathleen Photography
A Woven Life
City Girl Searching
The Delicious World Of Chefette Spicy
A Tree Grows In The Bayou
I Live Under A Rock Called Table Mountain
Hooked on homes
Mera Kitchen
Miss Wang Photography

and a very warm welcome to my friend Sonal:
SimplyVegetarian777

If you would like to join in the fun please click on the photography styling challenge button in the sidebar!

To see my previous challenge entries, click here

Hope you all have a beautiful day!

Namrata

Disclosure, Photography Secrets Revealed – Guest post on The Tummy Tale.

Hello Dear Friends,

Elson asked me to do a guest post for his on-going How To series. I was excited and eager. Elson writes beautifully and his love for food is evident in his words and his posts. Well, he wants me to cover a topic which brings out the biggest critic in me. He loves the pictures that I take and I for one am highly critical of my own work.

We eat with our eyes first. A picture speaks a thousands words. Quotes like these kick me in my butt every time I shoot my food. If truth be told, I have drooled over and stalked many a sites purely for their outstanding photography. Desperately trying to figure out styling and photographing ideas, I struggle and stumble with my limited resources. They say you can take excellent pictures even with the most basic digital camera, you really don’t need an SLR. So with that motivation, I make use of the resources around me. I try to take shots where each picture tells a story of its own. I aim really high, and for those who frequent my blog know that I still have a very long ladder to climb.

Still, in spite of all this, the little that I have learnt in my one year stint, I would love to share it with you. Thank you Elson for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

Let’s get started –

1. The camera –

I have the most basic one. Learn to ditch the auto mode and start fiddling with the manual settings. Learn all about ISO, aperture, shutter speed and white balance. Read all about it here. Just learning the basics can have an alarming difference in the quality of your photographs.

Doesn't really matter what you have.

Doesn’t really matter what you have.

2. Light/Setting/Studio –

Ideal food pictures are shot in studios or you could make one for yourself. Since I don’t have the expertise or the space for it, I mostly go natural, that is, take my pictures out in our terrace garden or in the balcony.

I play by one basic rule… lighting. Too much light spoils a photograph, too little makes for a very dark one. Inside the house, there is glass and shiny surfaces which reflect a lot of light rendering a not so good picture. Evening or night times with the tungsten bulbs all on, again the picture quality suffers.

So, I prefer taking my food cutlery and all to the garden outside my house which is covered by walls on either side and a roof on top. Light flows in only through one side making it ideal for my photographs.
The best time I have noticed is mornings and early evenings as the sun rays are warm and not so harsh. Once it gets dark, I refrain from photographing.

The terrace is covered on 3 sides and only has light coming in from one. Ideal for photographs

The terrace is covered on 3 sides and only has light coming in from one. Ideal for photographs

3. Background Props/Boards and Work Surfaces –

You can surely make mundane boring food look sexy and gorgeous. I secretly lust for props like these. But we make do with all that we have and can find, coz buying antique and silver ware is not easy on our pockets.

What we can do is make optimal use of stuff at home. Do not ignore old well used scratched metal or wooden trays. My garden provides me with a wonderful wooden bench ideal for placing my food.

My work station :)

My work station ๐Ÿ™‚

Old baking trays, an extra board of laminate left or your child’s wooden study table, all make great backgrounds.

They make great backgrounds. The older, the better!

They make great backgrounds. The older, the better!

4. Cutlery and China ware

Now for the food to be placed in. Silver, brass, antique and expensive crockery make great photographs – FACT. Decrepit copper bowls or cups make excellent pictures. Your red sauce would look more sanguinary in rich china ware. But since they are difficult to procure, I have found solace in inexpensive china ware, mostly in white!

White bowls, chutney pans, cake mounts, platters – buy them in white, as food displayed on it looks best. Visit your dollar store or your local market and pick one of all the serve ware that you use. It will be mostly enough to complete a pretty picture.

Keep an open eye for newer variety of cutlery or forks or platters, especially when you are traveling. I usually get very good stuff where I am least expecting it.

One look at my crockery section and you can see how WHITE it is ๐Ÿ™‚

white dominates

white dominates

An attractive wooden soup bowl often makes very good pictures. Be it rice or some curry or stew or soup, it serves as a perfect container to be photographed.

One good pair of soup bowls is a must

One good pair of soup bowls is a must

5. Other props

So its been a year or so since I have started blogging, and I have collected twines, twigs, coils, brown shopping paper bags, ribbons … anything you name. My most prized finds are these small cute little gunny bags which we use here in India to gift or as wedding favors. One time, my MIL was coaxing me to take a pair of beautiful anklets which she got as a party favor, but I was more interested in the bag. ๐Ÿ™‚ I let her have the anklet and was ecstatic with the little bag.

Essential props

Essential props

Scarves make such pretty pictures! I use my colorful stoles as a mood enhancer in plain pictures. Your child’s little toys can prove to be a wonderful place to pick your ware from. I have used Milee’s toy spoons and little plates and no body could tell. ๐Ÿ™‚

scarf in a basket

scarf in a basket

Crumpled baking paper or brown paper makes very good background for your baked food dishes. So you baked a beautiful loaf of bread? Now wrap part of it with brown paper and twine, set it against a well crumpled baking paper and there you have a great picture waiting to be captured!

Paper, Ribbons and Twines

Paper, Ribbons and Twines

Use your dish cloth, or apron or kitchen napkins and dinner napkins to good use by laying them in an informal way against the food.

Creatively use the dish cloth

Creatively use the dish cloth

6. Important Pointers/Tips

  • The first on my list is to pull back. A newbie photographer will have the impulse to “move in” on their subject. Get that beautiful crumbly crust of a muffin as close as can be. But really, the most beautiful shots are when you can “pull back” from your subject and make the intended focal point “pop” as opposed to “fill the shot”. It’s a simple phrase to remember when shooting: “pull back” – taken from here.
  • Think of what you want to do, how you would like to shoot, what cutlery you would like to use. Imagine. Create a scene. First in your head and later on paper. Roughly sketch it up, so that you have a clear vision when you execute it. I am going to be honest, I don’t always do this step, but all those times when I plan and create, the results are much better than expected.
  • Partial photographs of food look more enticing than the whole picture. I learnt this a tad late.
  • Rule of Thirds – The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. The lesson is that a direct face-on, centered shot is not always the most interesting or pleasing to the eye. You want your photo to have movement and flow. Basically it means, you place your focal point of interest not in the middle but on the intersections of the imaginary lines, that is, on the sides of the pictures. Here is a good tutorial on the rule of thirds.
  • Color and shapes are a great way to add beauty to your scene. But be subtle. For example, if it’s a very plain looking dish, try and season with a twig of some bright green herb or if it’s a dessert, which looks very boring, fruits or sugar dust or drizzled sauce can create a very inviting atmosphere.

So with all said and done, here is one of my most favorite shots –

Choliya / Fresh Green Channa

Choliya / Fresh Green Channa

Thank you Elson for giving me this wonderful opportunity to write and share my stint with photography basics. I would not have had the courage to do it ever but this guest post makes me contribute, share and help many a novice newbies out there, drooling and lusting after those gorgeous food photographs ๐Ÿ™‚

Photography Styling Challenge #9: Fashion

Photography Styling Challenge

Photography Styling Challenge

This month’s theme for the photography styling challenge is Fashion. Now fashion sure is interesting but really vast and comprehensive.
Ideally I would have loved, if I had some beautiful model to work with, but guess I need that kind of skill to photograph a stunning face too. And I, my dear readers, am still an amateur.

So I play safe and go with some of my favorite junk jewelry and my two most loved scarves for the shoot. I decided to picture on white background – a first for me.

Well, I have to be honest here, I have started enjoying these monthly challenges and it gives me greater pleasure when a theme challenges my creativity. I did enjoy the shoot this time butย somehow am not that elated with the results. I think I could have done it better. Maybe I will do another shoot and this time with a pretty face ๐Ÿ™‚ But for now, this is what I have –

Charm Bracelet

Charm Bracelet

Hand Painted Scarf along with my favorite natural stone neck piece

Hand Painted Scarf along with my favorite natural stone neck piece

Big Ben on my scarf :)

Big Ben on my scarf ๐Ÿ™‚

My favorite ring

My favorite ring

Junk Jewelry

Junk Jewelry

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. To check out the other participants, click here:

Redesigned By M
At the corner of Happy and Harried
Inge Kathleen Photography
A Woven Life
City Girl Searching
The Delicious World Of Chefette Spicy
A Tree Grows In The Bayou
I Live Under A Rock Called Table Mountain
Hooked on homes
Mera Kitchen

If you would like to join in the fun please click on the photography styling challenge button in the sidebar!

To see my previous challenge entries, click here

Hope you all have a beautiful day!

Namrata

The Year That Was – Blogversary Post

05/02/2014, a beautiful bright sunny day.

It has been a year. Already.
I distinctly remember that moment when my hands were unsteady, the thought so random and my gaze intent yet distant. Just how out of the blue, I decided to start a blog. With absolutely no expectations, no speculations and no definite idea or vision or plan, I set to write. My first post had me just express my wish to write new recipes and contribute to the existing ones. I had no notion of the kind of journey I was going to have. And oh.. what a journey!! Replete with new friends, new recipes, ardent interest in photography and a phenomenal medium to express my thoughts and opinions, I now have a clear road to walk upon ๐Ÿ™‚

‘Do you get anything out of it’, is one query I get asked the most :). What they mean is, do I earn anything out of the blog. I was stumped the first time, but now I am so used to it that I have the answer memorized. Aww…no money, but I get immense creative satisfaction… blah blah, but saying it so many times makes it all a bit apocryphal… but the fact is, It is true. The kind of euphoria that this baby of mine garners cannot be compared to anything except maybe having real human babies of our own. I am so in love with what I do. Now this is a huge blessing as you all know, to find love in your chores or work or life is no small feat.

To celebrate this blogversary, I have listed my top 10 most viewed and favorites posts of the year that has been –

1. HERB CHEESE PULL APART BREAD

Herb Cheese Pull Apart Bread

Herb Cheese Pull Apart Bread

2. MILEE’S 6TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

Little monkeys turn into cute chefs.

Little monkeys turn into cute chefs.

3. SPINACH CORN DIP AND SOME CANAPES

Tasty Finger Food

Tasty Finger Food

4. PITA BREAD AND A VEG GYRO

Gyro Un wrapped!

Gyro Un wrapped!

5. RAJASTHANI GOURMET – SKINNY DAL BAATI

Rajasthani Special - Daal Baati,  Spring Onion Stir fry and Garlic Red chili Mint chutney

Rajasthani Special – Daal Baati, Spring Onion Stir fry and Garlic Red chili Mint chutney

6. TANDOORI MASALA

Tandoori Masala

Tandoori Masala

7. THAI RED CURRY

Thai red curry with brown rice

Thai red curry with brown rice

8. DATE NUT ENERGY ROLLS

Date-Fig Nut Rolls

Date-Fig Nut Rolls

9. PURPLE RICE BOWL

Purple Rice Bowl - Chinese Style

Purple Rice Bowl – Chinese Style

10. BEET PESTO AND SOME PINK PENNE PASTA

Pink Penne in Pesto Sauce

Pink Penne in Pesto Sauce

A special mention for one of my most favorite posts.., I have a sentimental attachment with this one:

PHOTOGRAPHY STYLING CHALLENGE: MORNINGS

One of my favorite shots

One of my favorite shots

Recipes aside, my random contemplatives have also been a great way to let some steam off once in a while ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve had the best time contributing to this space, hope you enjoy reading my posts too. My efforts would all go in vain if you are not there to read and reply. So, thank you dear friends and foodies for your constant feedback and encouragement.

love,
Namrata

Photography Styling Challenge #8: Patterns

Photography Styling Challenge

Photography Styling Challenge

Patterns – this month’s theme for the photo styling challenge.
Wow! I loved the idea of stylin and shooting something creative and decorative. Yea.. so excited. But I did what I do… procrastinate. Now dear friends, we have to submit the first monday of every month, and here I am… staring at my screen, fidgeting, twiddling my thumb and getting easily distracted by my itchy painful throat and a very sore head. Oh! I am a day late.

I decided to do the challenge with food this time. I spotted a braided bread on one of the blogs I stalk, and I was so eager to try them out. What better way to utilize this month’s theme and give a go to a much awaited recipe?!!
My only hitch was that I could not make variations in the braids to add more to the pattern.

Since my numb head will not let me write any more, without much ado, here are the pictures:

Braids

Braids

Criss Cross

Criss Cross

I made some tiny bite size poppers too

I made some tiny bite size poppers too

petals on patterns

petals on patterns

If you wish to join this lovely challenge, please click on the Photography Styling Challenge button in the side bar.

To check out more creativity, visit my co participants:

Redesigned By M
At the corner of Happy and Harried
Inge Kathleen Photography
A Woven Life
City Girl Searching
The Delicious World Of Chefette Spicy
A Tree Grows In The Bayou
I Live Under A Rock Called Table Mountain
Hooked on homes

Would love to hear your feedback/comments/critiques!

Namrata

Photography Styling Challenge #7: Chaos

Happy New Year Lovely People!
Chaos is not exactly what one has in mind when embarking on a new path, right? New year, fresh start, some raw resolutions and I title my post as Chaos? ๐Ÿ™‚ don’t worry readers, I started the year fresh, pledging not to make my resolutions redundant.

Photography Styling Challenge

Photography Styling Challenge

This one is for a photography Styling Challenge put together by the very lovely M. If any of you do wish to join, please click on the Photography styling challenge button in the sidebar and join in the fun!

The theme for this month is Chaos. Last month was Order. Since order and chaos go hand in hand, M puts this interesting clause to use 3 items from last month’s order shoot.

I have photographed both Order and Chaos in the same concept: Scrap book making of a fun vacation.

Having used almost all the items from last time’s shoot, I have added a picture of a trinket box which my daughter loves to collect. The box/bottle contains myriad beads, random stones, wooden and glass junk.

Here are a few shots:

Chaos Reigns

Chaos Reigns

Supply Box - So disorganized

Supply Box – So disorganized

Beads trinkets and much more!

Beads trinkets and much more!

Filling in the gaps

Filling in the gaps

Scissors galore

Scissors galore

Well, my personal verdict is that I wish I could have used lesser items and still made it look chaotic – which is quite difficult to do. It was all so easy to keep adding stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

To check out the lovely work of my co participants, click here:

Redesigned By M
redlovinpixie
At the corner of Happy and Harried
Inge Kathleen Photography
Pies And Puggles
A Woven Life
City Girl Searching
The Delicious World Of Chefette Spicy
A Tree Grows In The Bayou
I Live Under A Rock Called Table Mountain
Hooked on homes

Looking forward to read what you think of my chaotic mess.
I hope each one of you get what you want from this year. Have a beautiful 2014!

-Best Wishes,
Namrata

Photography Styling Challenge #6: Order/Organization

Photography Styling Challenge

Photography Styling Challenge

This month, M chose Order/Organization to shoot for the Photography Styling Challenge. Next month is Chaos. But Order and Chaos go hand in hand. There are two sides to every coin. Love Hate. Life Death. Order Chaos. There is a bit of chaos in order. The line is too light. The transition in a flip. The eclipse, illusionary. The perspective, personal. The result – in the mind. Er.. too deep? Well, not if you think about it.

The more I staged my scene for Order, the more chaotic it looked. It’s like, we try to create order, but chaos still reigns. Sigh. But then he walked in.
‘It sure does look busy’ he muses.
‘But if you look scrupulously, it looks quite orderly’. hmm.. Big help!, I scoff.
Shoot closely. Get intimate was his offhand remark as he walks out. And well, so I did but can you catch any order to my organization?

Hugely inspired by M’s link, I decided to play with some of my most favorite things – Art and Craft Supplies. I’m in the midst of making scrap book of a recent family vacation. I had loads and loads of material, the only thing required was styling and skill to shoot the set up.

The whole big picture looked messy, busy and too chaotic. But a little closer, things seem to make sense. I choose some of my favorite shots for this challenge and post it here for you. A complete picture is averted for obvious reasons.

My love for supplies

My love for supplies

Freshly Sharpened Pencils - who doesn't love them!

Freshly Sharpened Pencils – favorite shot!

Glitter tubes - Arrayed.

Glitter tubes – Arrayed.

Scrap Book in making

Scrap Book in making

Treasuring memories

Treasuring memories

To check out posts of other participants:

Redesigned By M
redlovinpixie
At the corner of Happy and Harried
Inge Kathleen Photography
Pies And Puggles
A Woven Life
City Girl Searching
The Delicious World Of Chefette Spicy
A Tree Grows In The Bayou
I Live Under A Rock Called Table Mountain
Hooked on homes

If you would like to join this challenge, click on the Photography Styling Challenge button in the sidebar and join in the fun!

Thank You!

High time. It’s high time I acknowledged all the love and appreciation from my co bloggers.

10 whole months into the blogging arena and with it 10 beautiful awards. Every nomination has made me smile and feel so special.
The last months have seen a plethora of accolades acknowledging my work and in effect inspiring me. The little tributes motivate us, enliven our spirits and keep our fire burning. Now, we need to stay inspired in whatever we do.
I mean to accept every beautiful gesture that my fellow bloggers show me, but I had not yet found the right words. I still don’t really have the proper ones, but defer I can no more. I simply realized, You don’t need a good time to say Thank you!

To accept appreciation or praise requires a certain kind of talent. As Angie puts it in very simple words ‘Its an art”. Yes it is.
When bestowed with beautiful compliments, I smile, shift uncomfortably, mumble a few thank yous but feel elated on the inside. In our virtual world, the gesture is limited to words only.

I want to say to all my lovely new friends – a big big thank you. My blogging experience has been this enjoyable mostly because of you guys. I’m learning so much, having fun, reading good write ups, pleasing my family, baking(!!), cooking wonderful new recipes, developing new interests and passions – all thanks to YOU – Sonal, Shobhana, Priya, Anitha, Sheila, Angie, Eva, Dimple, Upaasna, Shankari, Celeste, Elson, Chintal, Anjana, Tanushree and Divya.

Starting with the first one, Shine On, was given to me by 4 bloggers – Sonal , Priya , Anitha, Shobhana

shine-on-award

Sheila sent me a lovely Sunshine award a couple of months back –

sunshineaward1

Dimple welcomed me into her wordpress family award –

wordpress-family-award

Sheila,Angie and Eva thought Liebster was befitting –

liebster-award

Lastly, Upaasna encouraging the under 200 followers, sent me a Liebster discover new blog award –

liebster2

Playing by the rules, we have to answer a set of questions, I had almost 50 different ones to choose from, so here I am with my set of 10:

  • Describe yourself in 3 words.

Loving, Emotional, Anxious. If you ask my family they will have a very bizarre set. So don’t ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • What is your favorite time of the day?

I have two – early morning, before the world wakes up and evenings when its time to relax, meet friends and watch my child play

  • Name one non food passion.

Reading

  • If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

Venice, Greece, Italy, Florence – yes Florence!

  • You most favorite cuisine?

Chinese – any time.

  • In a potluck what would you bring?

A dip and probably another appetizer or some main course, but definitely not dessert!

  • Recount special childhood memories about you?

Umm… childhood memories. There are many memories, but let me share a particular trait when I was about 10-13 year old. I was crazy about Indian movies, especially hindi movies. I was so enamoured by them, especially the actresses. So now if you are not familiar with Indian movies you will mostly not really understand the gravity of my antics, but this is what I did. I would temporarily get hypnotised by the latest movie seen and dress according to my latest obsessions.

Once I remember I had watched Sholay and a couple of days later was my uncle’s wedding. I tied my hair to the side(side ponytail types- like how Hema Malini had done in the movie), tried to tie my dupatta(stole) in a very weird way which made my dad flip. He thought his daughter had gone bonkers. Yea, I squirm when I see the pictures, the family has a field day though.

And when Maine Pyar Kiya released, I bugged my mum to get me the white salwar kameez with flowers on one side, which the lead actress wore and released doves(or pigeons?) into the air.
Yes, I got the dress but No, they didn’t get me any birds to fly. Sad.

One more? I got the green lehenga done what Madhuri Dixit wore for the wedding in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. But the dress was not enough, I wanted my hair to look just like hers and so when my short hair refused to tie in a bun, I forced them into one with at least 15 hair pins on my head.

No, dear readers, I was not mental, just …just a very easily fascinated teenager ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Some random facts about you?

In the past 7 years I have lost 4 mobile phones, and spoilt 2. The latest to join the lost phone bandwagon was my 6 month old iphone. Yes friends I lost my iphone. My friends joke, I could write a book on how to lose a phone in a day. The object of pity is the husband. Poor guy. He earns. I lose.

  • If this were your last day to live, how would you like to spend your day?

If I knew I was dying by the end of the day.. well, in most probability, I would get all frantic and worried and start cooking enough to last for the next 7 days for my daughter and husband. I wouldn’t want them to eat out all the time..;)

  • What inspires you?

Life. Life inspires me. When I open my eyes after a good night’s sleep, it is inspiring to be blessed with one more day to live, to make the most, to be happy.

Now for my Nominations:

I take this opportunity in nominating the following 5 wonderful people for the Liebster award:
Rules vary, but this is what I have chosen to do:

  • Nominate 5 to 10 bloggers with less than 200 followers
  • Notify your nominees by posting on their blog
  • Answer the same questions that I have answered.
  • Create 10 questions to ask your nominees.
  • Thank the blogger who presented the award to you and link back to their blog
  1. Shobhana
  2. Elson
  3. Shankari
  4. Tanushree
  5. Divya

WordPress Blogs that I love and visit regularly are –

I am glad to be a part of this incredible group. With all of you in my virtual world, life is just not as it was before. I would love to keep this spirit going! To learn, to share, to read, to laugh, to know that you are appreciated by someone who in all probability will never meet in person, yet is there to read your posts and contribute handsomely. Thank you.

Photography Styling challenge #5 : Bedroom

โ€œA picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.โ€
โ€• Diane Arbus

This month’s Photography Styling Challenge required us to shoot Bedrooms. The bedroom theme is the first theme to really highlight true interior styling/staging. We have a living room coming up later, but bedroom it is now.

Now, like it happens in all my challenges, I freaked out for this one too. Diwali preparations and my child’s annual day rehearsals added to the mania.

To shoot interiors can get very very challenging especially for novice photographers like me. I like to believe I was born without an aesthetic sense of styling, so my fears are compounded when I am required to stage or style. If you ever happen to visit my house, you will notice we don’t clutter and have spare, minimum furniture. No fancy vases, no lamps. Not many decorative pieces. Sigh. ย In reflective moments, I’ve concluded that my sense of de clutterย is an intrinsic fear to clean more ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, after myriad arrangements, stylings and shoots, here I am choosing my simplest photograph. I shot this initially and later went on to stage but after some very frustrating, harrowing innumerable moments with the stuff inside the room, somehow, this picture just spoke like a thousand words(quoting Bonaparte).

I have a host of adjectives describing this single photograph of mine but would love to read your interpretations.ย So what does the shot say to you, does it tell a story or has it made you curious or is it too plain and boring. Anything.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

To check out posts of other participants:

Redesigned By M
redlovinpixie
At the corner of Happy and Harried
Inge Kathleen Photography
Pies And Puggles
A Woven Life
City Girl Searching
The Delicious World Of Chefette Spicy
A Tree Grows In The Bayou
I Live Under A Rock Called Table Mountain

If you would like to join this challenge, click on the Photography Styling Challenge button in the sidebar and join in the fun!

Wishing all my readers a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year!