Anatomy of a Photo

Having finished my shawl and all the Royals-themed orders, I started a new project last night. This morning I set out to take a photo, and I thought I’d share my process.

This is my stack of scrapbook paper backgrounds. Note: this is only a very small sampling of my paper stash, the ones I pulled out as good options. I have A LOT more. I’m glad I’m finally putting it to use again, and actually, going through it all makes me want to start scrapbooking again. Anyway, paper. Plus a cookie sheet so I can set up the photo on it, and move it around easily to find the best light.IMG_5923

Here’s my stash of trinkets and treasures. The tray was handmade by my husband and it pleases me to have it out and use it more often. This is just a start; I’m sure I’ll be adding to this over time.IMG_5924

Then I put them all together and use my phone to come up with photos like these. It’s tricky to find the right background for the project, the way different colors play together. And then finding the best light? Let’s just say I’m a work in progress.


Which one is your favorite? What’s your best photography tip?

Oh, what’s the project? A Bit of Lace Hemp Triangle, special request from the mother! It’s a paid pattern but totally worth it.

14 thoughts on “Anatomy of a Photo

  1. Ooh I like the look of your treasure box! That’s a great idea to put everything on a cookie sheet so you can transport it around. I’m loving your photo’s, personally I prefer the last one – although that feather quill pen is just gorgeous!! The best thing I have learnt is to use natural light, the best days are cloudy but bright, but not bright enough that you get lots of shadows! Its made a world of difference for me 🙂

  2. I like this! What a clever idea, to keep a physical book – such a rare thing nowadays for our own pictures, particularly when we have the internet to blog about it… My favourite image is the one in the middle.

  3. I like the top two the best. Hmmm, I don’t think I have a any photography advice that would help with this style, you’ve already covered the most important part: natural light.

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