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styling ideas

It’s always challenging for me to find a new way to style my still life photography. Although I have to say that there are a few styles that seem to be my favorites.

  • A clean white background
  • Backlight
  • Flatlay with white
  • Flatlay with rustic

Okay, so as I put this little list together I realized I have more favorites than I thought. 🙂 When you scroll through my Instagram feed, you’ll see that most of my photos have either a white background or are backlit with my window light. But I do like to change things up sometimes, so I look for ideas to do that.

Today, I’m sharing an idea that I ran across somewhere … (If I could remember where I’d link back to them.) Just know that it wasn’t my discovery.

A few days ago, I posted this photo on Instagram. What do you think of the bokeh? Can you tell what it is that I used to get that effect?

It’s a crunched up piece of aluminum foil sitting behind my subject by about six inches. With the window light shining in from the right, it creates a very interesting background.

You can get a similar effect with a tree or shrub in your yard using the window as backlight, but using the foil, you can get sidelight, which adds more shadow and interest.

Because I never take just one photo, here are a few others I took in the same session.

I really like the top down angle. I love all of the light and shadow of the blueberries in their little ceramic container. I think the green branches add some contrast in the color scheme.

 With this last shot … that I’m sharing here, I have more! … I did more of a traditional angle with a white background.

The editing I did created more of a tan effect on the back and a bit more gray on the front.

Typically I would try to make the whites more white, which is something you can do in either Photoshop or Lightroom, but I kind of wanted different looks.

I wonder which you would prefer?

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Thanks! Hoping to hear what your favorite is … or any other comment. 🙂

Comments

  1. Very nice photos. I like the first one best. The DOF is perfect. Very interesting how you used foil for the light in the background. I never would have thought to do that.

I'd love to hear your thoughts ...

She is extraordinarily talented and has a beautiful heart as well.

Her ability to create elegant, serene imagery by marrying both feminine and rustic elements is truly a gift.

Sandi Sutton, Editor The Joyful Life Magazine

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2019-09-29T18:09:06-07:00

Sandi Sutton, Editor The Joyful Life Magazine

Her ability to create elegant, serene imagery by marrying both feminine and rustic elements is truly a gift.

We are so happy!

Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures and helping us feel comfortable in front of the camera.

Fabiola & Juan

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2018-08-14T17:31:23-07:00

Fabiola & Juan

Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures and helping us feel comfortable in front of the camera.

She is extremely talented!

She is an amazing woman, with a fabulous eye for creativity.

Bailey

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2018-08-14T18:58:46-07:00

Bailey

She is an amazing woman, with a fabulous eye for creativity.

I am so thrilled

I am so thrilled to have worked with Carolyn to find perfect local pictures to have hang on the walls...

Angela McKee

General Manager Best Western Plus Black Oak

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2018-08-15T05:08:35-07:00

Angela McKee

General Manager Best Western Plus Black Oak

I am so thrilled to have worked with Carolyn to find perfect local pictures to have hang on the walls of our newly remodeled King Spa Suite.

She has a gift …

Carolyn has such a beautiful style, simple yet elegant. She has a gift for arranging items and capturing just the...

Rhadonda Sedgwick

Food Photographer

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2019-09-26T18:13:48-07:00

Rhadonda Sedgwick

Food Photographer

Carolyn has such a beautiful style, simple yet elegant. She has a gift for arranging items and capturing just the right light! She is a sweet and talented soul and her still life photography and work speaks for itself!! Gorgeous!
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