finding a style

Yesterday I wrote about trying to photograph my morning routine. So, this morning I did just that… sort of. This morning started off smooth, I woke up with plenty of time to shower and get ready. I made some breakfast and relaxed for a little bit too long and ended up rushing to get to work. The morning started off sitting across from Joe and not long after I was sitting in 30 minutes of traffic. Something I love about creating compositions is framing the subject in a very straight forward way. As you can see, this portrait is framed by the leading lines of the ceiling, the table, and is framed by the doorway frame. I love that this just what it is. There’s nothing fancy about it - no set up… nothing. I love the simplicity of photographs like this that really push the viewer to look at the subject rather than what is around the subject. It’s not about objects. My style of photography can really go two different ways. At times, I want to distort a subject matter as much as possible - to the point of where it really makes you stop and think about what is you’re looking at. At other times, it’s more about the simplicity, as I wrote about before. On another note - here’s my two photographs from today. Enjoy!

fresh pastaaaaa

Let me start this post with what I look for when photographing food. I love the look of a messy kitchen- the flour, the knifes, utensils, etc. just all over the table. A truly natural look that would be in just about any kitchen when cooking or baking. I don’t believe those shoots where there isn’t a mess with flour or sugar all over the counter top. Now, earlier this week I put a post up about black and white cookies but those weren’t nearly as nice as the ones that you’ll see below. I think the lighting is better and my compositions are stronger. Again, these are not perfect or anywhere near it, but that’s all part of the process. This blog is used to document and continuously work on my photography. 

Here’s a story of our first time making pasta - enjoy!

embrace the moment to observe

With the winter weather upon us, I’ve been searching for daylight in the mornings so I can go out and shoot. It starts to get dark around 4:30, and while I get out of work around 5 - that doesn’t leave me much light to shoot. So, I’ve embraced the beauty of mixed lighting. I love when the night begins to set in and store lights bring a sort of magic to us. Below are places that I’ve driven or walked by too many times to count. I think a lot of the inspiration of mixed lighting scenes come from the stillness of each composition. Something to the effect of - it does not matter that the sky is dark and the moon is out because these businesses and these people have to keep going. It feels like a privilege to be able to walk by and see people drinking, laughing, and enjoying a candle lit dinner… to be given a moment to observe.

Stieglitz inspired

It's never easy to get back into the swing of things after the holidays. This morning was one of those mornings when you think you have everything together until you realize you never even made your coffee. Now that I'm back to work, it's a bit harder to photograph, since 80% of the day I'm inside. So, that calls for shooting during my drive to work and home - and some spots in between. One of my favorite things in the morning is walking outside and looking up. It’s something that can be so easily ignored because these days everyone is so caught up in their phones that they’re constantly looking down. 

The sky was big and cloudy and full this morning. Something that has always inspired me is the beauty in cloud formations, the colors that weave themselves in and out of the clouds, and the simplicity of it all. One day, I’m going to do an entire series of clouds drawing inspiration from the collection of Alfred Stieglitz, Equivalent. 

…to show that my photographs were not due to subject matter… clouds were there for everyone—no tax as yet on them—free.
— Alfred Stieglitz



Purge/Consolidate/GiveAway

Just like this blog-a-day beginning due to the New Year, we had a purge of the apartment as well. I threw a ton of papers out, gave away books, gave away clothes, reorganized my closet/dresser (a miracle) and feel SO much better. I think it's really important to have days to clean and just take time to help yourself become more productive. I know when my side of the room is a mess (almost always) it creates a lot of stress because I know I need to clean it up, but at that point it's just going to be SUCH a pain. Yeah, I get real lazy about some things. 

But on another note, I also cleaned up my desk top and my hard drive. Which is great because you know how I feel about cleaning up my clothes? That's exactly how I feel about cleaning up my hard drive. I created new folders and did a lot of nesting (an old professor would be so proud).

After our big clean out, plus some running around, I came home and decided to make some black and white cookies from scratch. An old time favorite, I remember being a kid and my mom bringing me and my best friend to the bakery downtown and the two of us would split a huge black and white cookie. They came out delicious and naturally I had to document the process.

Now, the key to food photography is all in the lighting. Which my kitchen has just about none. So you can imagine how the photographing went. Out of about forty images, I found ONE good one. 

Here's my semi-okay photo from today - nothing to be proud about but at least I got something to show for it!

Enjoy!