How it all came to be.....

Where does one start when sharing "how it all came to be"?  To start at the beginning would take far too long, to start at the middle would be awkward, so I guess the best place to start "how it all came to be" is from a picture I quickly snapped with a P&S after setting up my new world two years ago....

I had just reconnected with the love of my life and moved back to my hometown in Midwest WI and started life all over again.  This is the classic high school "Mr. Love of my Life" story and proves we do all end up where we are meant to be - that, my friends, is another post altogether.

As I began settling into this new life, I carved out space for a studio to work on photography shoots, re-doing furniture, crafty bits, and prop storage.  It was in this space that my whole "JoanMarie" world came together.....

Let me emphasize that these photos were taken before the Canon DSLR entered into the equation but I won't apologize for lighting or quality - I still remember that amazing feeling of "these are my treasures" as I took each of these photos.  

Let me emphasize even more strongly that these pictures were taken almost two years ago and the collection of prop madness has grown significantly larger.

So large in fact that I must take a day to re-organize and take inventory!  

I ADORE junk shops, thrift stores, antique shops, and even roadside piles as they each have their own variety of treasure.  I am drawn to what I call "used utility".  Used Utility is the simple, utilitarian, effective, and worn item that at one time served it's purpose and is now at a cross roads of "toss" or "this is really cool and would be great in a shoot!"  You can guess the latter ALWAYS wins for me.

Regarding the "studio" space I am currently working on, I have created a 4x4 room with a painted wall and hardwood floor for still life shots as well as utilizing a small spare bedroom with a white painted wood floor.  These will be in an upcoming post along with updated prop photos.

So, in closing, this is "how it all came to be" and is the foundation of all that is to come with this blog and my increasing love of photography.  

How did it all come to be for you??


Textures and Props

There is nothing more beautiful than a thickly woven textured fabric made for industrial use.

Wool that is made into warmth...

and ocean noises as water begins to chill and sea grass fades

Looking forward to the quiet winter stillness and sharing more images of the upcoming season.  

My love of photography continues to grow daily and I hope my skill level follows suit.  

Upcoming posts to include my photo shoot planning and  process along with a behind the scenes look at my "prop hoarding".  Being self-taught in all areas, let me know if there are specific areas you might like to hear more about and as always, I look forward to hearing from you.

 Fall day

This time of the year is bittersweet - summer is gone and winter is approaching.  I am in the process of setting up my home studio and will be searching for the loveliest visions of winter to share.

Just a beginning.....

The oldest hand mixer I have ever seen - had to bring her home.....

....and for the love of pine....

For most of these photos I was playing with an old sheet of galvanized steel as a backdrop.  Loved the color variances and the shades of grey and blue.  With so many choices for still life and food photography, what do you choose as your favorite background or back drop?