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Photography Styling Challenge- Patterns


Long long ago, in my second year of undergrad, we had photography exercises that spanned over a multiple everyday concepts. This was my syllabus’ way of creating “well-rounded” photographers and our professor would spend an awfully long time picking and selecting record book-worthy photos from the sea of rolls we would go through every week.
Needless to say, I would dread this process since photography, I decided, was not my cuppa. I was more the graphic designing kinda girl and I made sure the whole world knew this. Thankfully, things have changed. I have fallen hopelessly in love with photography and my humble but very beautiful camera. Every time I begin my journey for the monthly photography challenge, I always think back to that dreadful photography phase and kind of regret it.

My father was a wonderful photographer. Every frame he clicked would come alive in the sepia-toned postcard-sizes. Yet, he never had a formal portfolio, did not give professional photography a thought and his models all lived under the same roof- his. Being one of his primary muses, I have always felt honored (and secretly superior) to have had his beautiful vintage Pentax (an inheritance from his father, another amateur photographer) focused on me- a concept I am trying on my little girl, in an attempt to capture every little bit of this beautiful life we are living together.

So yes, this month’s photography challenge brought to me a sea of memories, some of them difficult and most of them very happy ones. Patterns: what does it bring to my mind? Life, that is what. But how does one go about photographing life? More specifically, how does one bring life to a subject like pattern? It was difficult so I decided to go with a couple of obvious subjects to focus on.
patternsThe first one is a picture of sticky buns I made a couple of months ago. I specifically clicked this picture with this exercise in mind. This is me being prepared like the little Girl Scout I was back in the day. Food can make pretty patterns, you see. But you’ve gotta look out for them.
patterns3The next thing that comes to my mind at the mention of patterns is knitting. My sister is a very enthusiastic knitter and she made this wonderful scallop patterned scarf for winter. It is the most beautiful piece I’ve ever owned and it makes me a proud sister whenever I wear it. You can read her blog here.
patterns2Although I wanted to go about clicking madly, I hardly had any time to do it. My goal for the next challenge is come up with at least four different concepts. I am pretty sure I can manage that.

So if you want to know more about the challenge, clickย hereย and you can see how others interpreted this subject by clicking on the following links to other participants:

Redesigned By M
At the Corner of Happy and Harried
Inge Kathleen Photography
My Food Tapestry
A Woven Life
City Girl Searching
Aย Tree Grows in the Bayou
I Live under a Rock Called Table Mountain
Hooked on Homes

I nearly forgot to tell you! I started another blog on a whim. Since it is still under development, I will tell you more about it later.


Author: vaish

I am a business student, food blogger and mommy to a beautiful little baby girl I lovingly call Kohlrabi (yes, like the veggie). I love vintage fashion, ganache and Ina Garten :)

16 thoughts on “Photography Styling Challenge- Patterns

  1. Pretty images, Vaish. Hey, I know you’re short on time, so don’t stress over finding FOUR different concepts for next month. Just pick ONE and shoot it in various angles. Like, the scarf could’ve just been photographed in different layouts and not have needed the cinnamon buns or vice versa. Actually, this was the original intent for the challenge anyway. Hope that relieves a bit of stress for you! ~M.

  2. Lovely, Vaish! I love both subjects equally. The sticky buns look so inviting. And I love the color of the scarf.
    Both have been well captured, though I must say, the first pic sort of has an optical illusion thingy going on with the bun rolls and also the swirls on the muffin pan!

  3. Ohhhhh those sticky buns. Makin’ a girl drool. I enjoy that that the buns themselves have a spiral pattern and that the collection of buns serves as a more broad pattern yet. How clever. That scarf is delicious, I am trying to become a knitter. I want to touch. Lucky you. Great submission!

  4. Nice photographs Vaish ๐Ÿ™‚
    Those sticky bums look so yummy.
    I think you’ve captured the theme well, but as M said above, using one subject and capturing it from completely different angles changes it up completely!
    But I heard you on the lazy part…I am lazy too, and have to push through the slump to the point where every click leads to something new and exiting. Good job! x

    • I know what you are talking about, Roxy! I should concentrate more on a single subject. I learn quite a bit as we move along this challenge. Thank you for the kind words and for dropping in ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Nice photographs. I love the pic of the buns and how the patterns carry through onto the tray.

    very cool!

  6. wow… good job girl. I love those rolls, they are very “patterny” ๐Ÿ™‚ and the scarf is gorgeous.. but like M said, if you could just style it in different ways and shoot, then your job would be done. A big thumbs up from my side!

  7. The Rolls are cute. I love the patterns. I would say, to make it better next time that I want more rolls to make the pattern even stronger. Lots and lots of rolls, maybe 9-15 different ones. Also maybe play with taking the rolls out of the pan and shooting them on a different background. good Job!

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