Somewhere in Middle America

my still life photography attempt

I’m so inspired by the still life photography of Decor8‘s Holly Becker She makes everyday objects look so ethereal. Recently I decided to put my still life skills to the test and photograph some white flowers that were originally part of a larger bouquet that my mother bought me for my birthday. As I’ve learned from studying Holly’s pictures, part of what makes a great still life photo is how you stage the objects.

Please let me know what you think of my photos, and if there is something I can do to improve my shots. I’m open to your constructive criticism!

(top image: Holly Becker for Decor8; bottom images: Pamela Jaye)

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14 Responses to “my still life photography attempt”

  1. I think they are very well done! I think the bottom one is my favorite, becaues of the closeup of the flower, mixed with the unfocused, partial shot of the clock in the background.

    Nice job :)

  2. Ox says:

    My favorite part of these is the contrasting white shapes – white is my favorite lack-of-color of the moment. Good composition, especially the last photo… Try experiments with different perspectives, like shooting a clock from the bottom, not the top, for a new outlook on a familiar object. And post them so I can live vicariously through you!

  3. Vanessa says:

    They’re all lovely, but I especially love the colors in the first image!

  4. decor8 says:

    What a wonderful blog post to find about my work because I don’t consider myself a great photographer at all. Your post really made me feel more confident. Thank you so much!

  5. Nice! I think your first image with the flowers the clock and the bowl is my favourite, but I am partial to verticals…

  6. brassy apple says:

    I love them too. They have a certain feel to them. I think alot of the photos use great lighting – and natural is the best. The brightness of the top photo and the contrast of colors/patterns/lights and darks and the crispness of it.

    I love playing around with my camera too! great job! keep it up!

  7. Elaine says:

    Found your blog via Holly’s Self-Tweet. Very nice blog you have here.

  8. Dariela says:

    I agree with what you say about Holly’s images, they always look so well done!
    I love your first image but something seems to be going on with the right side that it looks too dark and from the others my favorite is the closeup of the flowers. Nice practice!!! It’s a great idea to do that, I shall try it too!

  9. I love all of these pictures. I really like the stems in the water in your pictures.

    I don’t know anything about photography, and I want to learn. It’s on my list. You yourself are inspiring with your efforts. Keep it up. They look so cool!

  10. sue says:

    They are great, you wouldn’t think they were a first attempt. Holly is very inspiring isn’t she, I love her eye for design, colour and style. Keep up the photography, i’ll certainly be checking back for inspiration!

  11. SoniaBonia says:

    I think that second picture is what you’re going for. Its all that light that’s making it so open. That’s a lot of what you find in Holly’s pictures- the natural light. Very pretty!
    Also, I love your blog- just found it via Decor8′s tweet.

  12. Sarah Cruse says:

    GORGEOUS, gorgeous, gorgeous!
    I LOVE the white’s and grays.
    Great job!

  13. adele says:

    Wow PJ, amazing job. Those are BEAUTIFUL shots! Really stunning.

    • PJ says:

      A big hug to EVERYONE who commented — and a “hello” to those of you who found your way over to my little blog from Decor8′s tweet. Welcome, and I hope to see you again!

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