A Heart and Head Photography Journey....

This past weekend I was working on the Studio Project and put a pretty big dent in the to-do list.  I am "over the moon" with how it will all come together and am taking my time to ensure it is done perfectly.  My next big decision is what color to paint the walls where I plan to take a majority of photos.  I have heard white is best and then other sources mention a light grey to absorb shadows?  If you have a specific thought on this, I would greatly appreciate your input!

As I worked away on moving, sorting, and cleaning, I would stop periodically and just look around.  This space is beyond anything I could ever have imagined as being my area for full-on creativity.  To say I am flooded with shoot ideas is an extreme understatement!

As I was putting my thoughts together to write this post, I began looking through some images I had taken several years ago and each brought back so many memories.  The thrill of creating the photo with props and composition just the way "I" wanted was so inspiring.  I followed only the direction that was in my heart followed by my head.  Right or wrong technically, I remember taking each of these images and feeling so happy when I moved them from my memory card to my computer.  I had done it.  I had taken photos I was proud of.  I was going to learn more and flex my creative muscles as hard as I could!

I recall spending 20 minutes looking through the apples at the grocery store just to find the prettiest ones I could.  Having no real clue on how to control my manual settings,  I plunked them on my old trusty step stool and snapped away...

The same process for these peaches - I fell in the love with the color.....

Then there was the day I was going to try to be "full-on professional" and plan my shoot.  I discovered the most beautiful peonies near our house and cut a bucket of them.  In order to capture the photography process, I thought I should take a set-up photo....

All props, the tripod, and peonies all ready to go.  I had a blast that day just setting up the shots, rearranging, and re-shooting.  I truly fell in love with photography....

For many years I have had a true appreciation for all things old, worn, and rusted.  I began collecting and quickly realized I had a fairly nice arsenal of propsllll

In the past I have also tried to get creative with home decor.  I am NOT an interior decorator but when I see a grand piece that catches my eye, I will do my best to recreate it (on a much smaller budget, of course)...thus my big white padded headboard made from plywood, batting, and a white cotton sheet....

I also painted a couch but that is for another day.....

I wanted to share some earlier photos as my plan is to continue to grow and evolve with photography.  Being in control of the look and feel of each image is so empowering - it's also nice to know that the rejects can be eliminated with one click of the "delete" button!  That's the best part of digital photography - shoot, learn, delete, shoot, learn, save....quick and easy!

The Studio Project will be wrapping up, the harvest table project with then begin, followed by the elusive "dough bowl" I have been yakking about.  I can't wait to get these balls rolling!

OH...

One last thing.  Isn't it fun when you start a cleaning project and you find things you completely forgot you had?  Well I found an amazing wood framed cot I had bought several years ago dirt cheap and imagined it dressed up industrial-ish for one shoot and completely shabby for another shoot...so many many ideas.....

A quick parting shot of an old small wood frame I found years ago....of course a bit of baby's breath in the tin Jello mold added for fun.....trying to learn the "bokeh" settings as you can see... (smile)

Take your photos with your heart and let your head keep up with the technical details.  You will then create your own magic.

Sincerely,

JoanMarie