Photography Styling Challenge #12: The Final One

Photography Styling Challenge #12: Personal | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

Here we are…. the end of the road.

Twelve months ago, I created this challenge to give myself (and anyone who was interested) the opportunity to develop my staging skills and to capture it through the lens of a camera. I expected nothing from putting myself out there like this, so I’m deeply humbled that this challenge attracted the number of participants it has. Each month we staged a mini vignette and adjusted the settings in our camera to snap several hundred images in order to find five perfect ones to post to our blogs for our peers to critique. It certainly has not been an easy feat!

This month especially was the MOST difficult for me. What was I thinking when I came up with “Personal” as the final theme? It’s so broad. There’s no real direction. It’s completely stupid.

But I posted it in the list of themes, so I couldn’t go back on it now. Not when I really, really, really wanted to. That’s why I’m writing this post at 11:30PM on Sunday night, just moments away from the first Monday of the month. I didn’t have a solid idea until seven this evening, then I had to collect the props, stage them, and photograph them. Then drop everything to go to dinner with the family. After that, I came home to sift through all the photos I took before dinner, scrutinize the final five in detail, and blog about it all.

Photography Styling Challenge #12: Personal | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

Here’s where it gets personal. At the start of this year, I fell ill. I’m talking flat out so-sick-out-of-my-mind-I-couldn’t-get-out-of-bed-couldn’t-do-anything-but-sleep ill. At first, it was just flu-like symptoms. I was feverish, I coughed day and night, I couldn’t breathe through my nose, my body was sore all over, and many other things that may or may not have been associated with the flu. And I was always tired. I couldn’t stand up for longer than three minutes without feeling tired. I couldn’t walk ten steps without feeling winded. It was all very out of character for me.

Photography Styling Challenge #12: Personal | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

The doctors couldn’t give me a diagnosis, which was the worst part. I had to endure these painful symptoms without treatment. I won’t bore you with all the details of my illness, but basically, it knocked me out for the first three months of this year. During this time, I seriously considered taking a break from this challenge until I got better, but I felt all the participants viewed me as some kind of leader and I couldn’t let them down by skipping even one month. I persevered and did the best I could to come up with ideas that were within my capabilities of fulfilling each month’s theme.

Photography Styling Challenge #12: Personal | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

I think in the Fashion theme, there were a lot of comments expressing disappointment that I only posted two photos. The truth is, my mind was so blurred at that time that I couldn’t think of any more than those two angles, and frankly, I was too tired to do any more work than I had (selecting the clothes, color coordinating the pieces, hanging them onto a dress rack, and then photographing them really wears you out!).

In the Patterns theme, I chose to cut paper feathers because I had no energy to do anything else. I cut those feathers one or two at a time each day. It was an arduous process, yes, but it was all I could afford.

Needless to say, my DIY projects were completely neglected. Because of that, I had nothing to share with you on this blog.

Photography Styling Challenge #12: Personal | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

I’ve been on the mend for a while now. The doctors finally figured out what my problem was, prescribed me some medication, and I’m feeling loads better. I’m actually feeling like my old self again and back to working on some DIY stuff that I’ve been putting off.

I chose to photograph flowers to show how my health has improved. The first thing I did as soon as I felt better was to start my vegetable garden again. I would show you how my veggies are growing, but they are still in their infant stages and there is nothing glamourous to show. Instead, I stole a few peonies from my mother-in-law’s yard to represent me coming back to life by getting back outdoors.

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I hope you’ve all enjoyed the Photography Styling Challenge, whether as a participant or a reader. I’m excited for the next chapter of this blog. Stay tuned for more things to come!

Annnnnnnnnnnnnd SCENE!

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Take a trip down memory lane and view the past themes:

Photography Styling Challenge #1: Food
Photography Styling Challenge #2: Table Setting
Photography Styling Challenge #3: Wall Vignette
Photography Styling Challenge #4: Morning
Photography Styling Challenge #5: Bedroom
Photography Styling Challenge #6: Order
Photography Styling Challenge #7: Chaos
Photography Styling Challenge #8: Patterns
Photography Styling Challenge #9: Fashion
Photography Styling Challenge #10: Light
Photography Styling Challenge #11: Living Room

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Photography Styling Challenge #11: Living Room

Photography Styling Challenge #11: Living Room | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

Alright! Another interiors staging. I thought I was going to love this one, but like all my other photo shoots, my grandiose ideas of pulling together something really awesome and fab were limited within my home with less than stellar natural light offerings. I mean, if I really was going to go out of my way to stage the most beautiful living room of my imagination, I should’ve really started on this photo shoot a year ago. But who thinks that far ahead? So, armed with what I have, I created this living room vignette.

Photography Styling Challenge #11: Living Room | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

I love placing everything at right angles. While it works famously with making things look organized in real life, this causes a very static image in photography, so I forced myself to be a bit more “loose” with the throw pillows. They started off sitting quite upright and flat before I saw the error of my ways. So I rearranged them on angles and put some karate chops in them. Hi-YA!

Photography Styling Challenge #11: Living Room | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

I pulled this greenery from my yard. Thank God for May flowers and all the wonderful blooms.

Photography Styling Challenge #11: Living Room | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

I love this shot. I’m very pleased with how well I got the hosta leaves to fan out in a loose, breezy way. This is the equivalent to making your hair look intentionally messy and undone. Girls – you know what I’m talking about.

Photography Styling Challenge #11: Living Room | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

I intentionally left the walls bare to give this living room a somewhat minimal, undesigned feel. I originally wanted to do a white sofa on a white wall with just a few odd trinkets strategically placed here and there, but our white sofa has seen better days and isn’t as gleaming white as it could be.

I hope you enjoyed this photo shoot! We’re almost near the finish line for this challenge. Can you believe it??

What are your thoughts? Feedback is always welcome!

For details about this challenge, read this post here.

Stay tuned for next month’s concept when we tackle something Personal to us. The photos will be so varied!

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Photography Styling Challenge #10: Light

Photography Styling Challenge #10: Light | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

Of all the themes, Light was the most challenging for me. With the lack of really good natural lighting in my home, I was unable to capture the perfect shot of the staging I wanted. And I’ll be honest, my laziness prevented me from going after that perfect shot, so this is what I have to show for this month’s theme.

Photography Styling Challenge #10: Light | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

I think the Thomas Edison bulb is so beautiful. I love the lines of the filaments and the shapes they make.

Photography Styling Challenge #10: Light | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

I can’t say that this image was my most favorite. However, it was the main idea that started it all; just couldn’t get the lightbulb to be so glaring. Perhaps I needed to have more general light turned on. How do you think I could’ve shot this better?

Photography Styling Challenge #10: Light | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

I think I like this image the best. It shows some depth of light while highlighting the cool factor of the Thomas Edison bulb. Big THANK YOU to my husband for helping me stage this shot.

What are your thoughts? Feedback is always welcome!

For details about this challenge, read this post here.

It’s not too late to participate!  If you have a styled shoot of Light you’d like to share, feel free to link it in the comments below.  If you want to officially join the challenge with us, let us know here.  Stay tuned for next month’s concept: Living Room. We’re getting close to the end!

Make sure to check out the other participants of this challenge:

**And WELCOME to our New Participants**

 

Other styled photos from this challenge:

Photography Styling Challenge #1: Food
Photography Styling Challenge #2: Table Setting
Photography Styling Challenge #3: Wall Vignette
Photography Styling Challenge #4: Morning
Photography Styling Challenge #5: Bedroom
Photography Styling Challenge #6: Order
Photography Styling Challenge #7: Chaos
Photography Styling Challenge #8: Patterns
Photography Styling Challenge #9: Fashion

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Photography Styling Challenge #9: Fashion

Photography Styling Challenge: Fashion | Title Image | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

Oh my! Are we really wrapping up our third quarter of the Challenge? Only three more months of this and then it’ll be all over… then what will I do? Well, I’ll think about it when the time comes.

I pulled a few key pieces of clothing items from my closet for this Fashion shoot. It was a challenge to decide which ones to photograph as I don’t seem to have many pieces that are photogenic. Here are my top picks:

Photography Styling Challenge: Fashion | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

Photography Styling Challenge: Fashion | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

What are your thoughts? Feedback is always welcome!

For details about this challenge, read this post here.

It’s not too late to participate!  If you have a styled shoot of a patterns you’d like to share, feel free to link it in the comments below.  If you want to officially join the challenge with us, let us know here.  Stay tuned for next month’s concept: Light.

Make sure to check out the other participants of this challenge:

Photography Styling Challenge #8: Patterns

Photography Styling Challenge: Patterns | Title Image | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

At the onset of this challenge, when I was making up the themes, I thought I would really enjoy doing the Patterns theme. As it turned out, I was quite challenged by this one! There were so many directions to take it and in the end I narrowed it down to patterned paper. To make it interesting, I cut them into feathers (template courtesy of Lia Griffith).

Photography Styling Challenge: Patterns | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

Photography Styling Challenge: Patterns | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

Photography Styling Challenge: Patterns | Redesigned By M #photostylingchallenge

What are your thoughts? Feedback is always welcome!

For details about this challenge, read this post here.

It’s not too late to participate!  If you have a styled shoot of a patterns you’d like to share, feel free to link it in the comments below.  If you want to officially join the challenge with us, let us know here.  Stay tuned for next month’s concept: Fashion.

Make sure to check out the other participants of this challenge:

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