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Photography Styling Challenge- Bedroom

BedroomI cannot believe I missed the due date of this month’s styling challenge entry. Especially since I finished the photoshoot a couple of weeks ago, a rare occurrence for someone who mulls over things and rushes ahead on full throttle at the very last darn minute!  The last week was pretty busy and dull- my mom flew back to India after six whole months of living with us.

I was not ready to bid her good-bye, of course. But it was an inevitable task. *Sinff*

This means that I am home alone with Aarabhi and have to manage her all by myself. Have you ever heard of the parent being freakishly scared of the baby? I am. But I am positive that we will ease into the situation and love all the mom-baby time we get in the next week. Anyway, back to the challenge.

My bedroom lacks style. Apart from indulging in beautiful shades from FabIndia, we had hardly done anything to it until early this year, when I was eight months pregnant. Since the baby was going to sleep in our room ( we have only one guest bedroom to spare and I felt that letting a newborn sleep in a designated nursery sounded creepy), we had to create a special corner for her crib and all the other stuff that come with bringing up a child. So our room went from being bare to cramped within the matter of days!

Strangely, I fell in love with the end result which was a colorful, tropical paradise for kids, complete with wall decals, framed illustrations with Aarabhi’s name in it (handmade my her mommy), a beautiful crib and crib linen, both gifts from people we hold very close to our heart.
Bedroom4Bedroom3I clicked all the pictures in morning light. Since our bedroom is east-facing, a curse on summer mornings but otherwise a wonderful blessing, I got ample light. So much light that I got a shock after clicking my first picture, the one with the two little teddy bears. The white balance seemed slightly on the higher side. So I had to partially close the shades and go about clicking because I wanted my pictures to reflect the cozy-lazy morning we were having in the household. Last but not the least, here is my most favorite photograph of all…
Bedroom2I am probably partial towards it because it has Aarabhi’s feet in it. Aww, look at those tiny little feet!

Make sure you check out the blogs of the other participants in this challenge :

Redesigned By M
Red Lovin Pixie
At the Corner of Happy and Harried
Inge Kathleen Photography
My Food Tapestry
Pies and Puggles
A Woven Life
City Girl Searching
A Tree Grows in the Bayou
I Live under a Rock Called Table Mountain

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Photography Styling Challenge- Morning

I am beside myself with excitement! I have joined a very interesting photography challenge hosted by Redesigned by M and this is my first entry for it. The challenge basically has two objectives (please pardon my academic vocab. Been writing too many assignments!): to develop styling skills for my photo shoots and to get to know my camera better so that I use it to its fullest extent. I got introduced to this challenge by another amazing blogger and supermama, Anjana of At the Corner of Happily Harried so I have to thank her for it.

I wish I could say I have been clicking away happily, preparing for the challenge for the past two weeks, but then, I would be lying. I have been trying to get my never ending load of assignment done before end-of-term exams happen this week and whatever time I have after that has been solely dedicated to my overactive baby girl (who by the way, looooooves chewing on my fingers lately). So I looked at the calendar yesterday, freaked out when I realized that I have done nothing  for the challenge and decided to do the photo shoot early today morning.
morningMy extensive research on Pinterest did not come to my aid because neither does my bedroom have any brilliant morning light pouring through the windows nor does any other part of my house. The balcony, my eternal studio, was my only other option since I was too tired to venture out of the house. And as always, the location did not disappoint.

This particularly helped because according to the rules of this challenge, no editing can be done except for edge cropping and all photographs must be taken within the previous month of submission. You can read more about the challenge here. Although giving my beloved Photoshop a rest was cold, I woke up to the awesome stuff my camera could do. I played around with the aperture, exposure and  ISO, and imagined myself back in my Undergrad class, studying photography with a manual (yes, completely manual) SLR camera that belonged to Appa.

So this entry, as all my entries on my blog are, is about food. I made a quick Microwave Cinnamon Roll Fake-out French Toast and coffee. I will not tell you who had what and what was discarded but the French Toast, which was inspired by a post on Prudentbaby, came out so well! If you need the recipe for my version, give me a holler.
morning2Not the brightest of the pics, no? I guess that’s one of the epiphanies I was supposed to have by doing this challenge. Next month’s theme is  Bedroom. Hey, do any of you good people want to rent me your bedroom for one morning or do I have to bite the bullet and clean mine?!

Make sure you check out the blogs of the other participants in this challenge (they are wonderful!):

Redesigned By M
Red Lovin Pixie
At the Corner of Happy and Harried
Inge Kathleen Photography
My Food Tapestry
Pies and Puggles
A Woven Life
City Girl Searching