May 13, 2015


There are a lot of things that I have learned about photographing within the last 5 years. I've learned about lighting, and composition. I've learned my favorite ways to photograph people, I've learned which environments I photograph best in, and the list goes on and on. Prior to blogging, photography was my main creative passion, but when I got married and moved to Los Angeles, I put all creative endeavors on hold. Getting married and moving across the country required a lot of brain power. I took a year off from photography. When I decided to pursue blogging I knew it was time to pick up my camera again.

It was a challenge getting back into the swing of photographing. I was a little discouraged because I had become rusty. All the work I had put into photography years prior felt gone. Getting into blogging challenged the way I took photos. I spent a lot of years photography people and styling couple shoots, but I had never styled photos to highlight products. I had never thought about what items I might want/need to style a photo. That's when I started creating my own props for my photos. I had to get creative. And the best thing about creating our own props is that they can be unique to ours brands, they can challenge us creatively, and if you're anything like me, you can create them inexpensively. That way if you move across the country again you won't mind living them behind.
I love fresh flowers and I wish I could have them in every shoot, but it's just not practical for me to be purchasing fresh flowers multiple times a week. My alternative is fake flowers. Fake flowers are perfect and easy to add to a shoot and they are also easy to store and last forever. The one thing that I've learned that I need when handling fake flowers is wire cutters. Wire cutters make everything one hundred times easier and it's a simple quick snip.

What you'll need:
Fake flowers
Wire cutters
Glass vase or jar

How to: 
First you want to determine how you want your flowers to look displayed. I wanted my flowers to sit low in my glass, so I cut my stems pretty short using the wire cutters. I removed the leaves and placed them in the glass. You could call it finished at this point, but I decided to add some ribbon around my glass to add a little extra detail. Cut ribbon with enough to tie around the glass with a bow. Continue this for your desired look.
Creating props for you blog photos can be really easy and really fun! For this challenge you'll have two weeks to create and style your own props. I'll be out of town next week, so the next link-up will be on May 27th. I'll be announcing our last challenge on that day as well. Can you believe it? These challenges have flown by!

Now we're on to this week's LENS REVOLUTION SHOWCASE, and I can't wait to see what you all came up with for this week's LANDSCAPE challenge. This is an opportunity to share you work with other and find encouragement along the way. Stop by and check out others work and learn from them as well. The great thing about community is that we all have something different to offer.

Have any photography questions? Send them my way. xo. Samantha

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