Potting Bench?

Monday night I was inspired by a prompt in Kim Klassen’s Studio to create a still life potting bench . . . of sorts. . . inside. . . in my entry way.  I long ago let go of the idea that all still life photographers just come upon these beautiful vignettes in their houses- well, some do- but most often they are created or styled for the camera.  Since I was avoiding making dinner, I quickly gathered some pots and garden-y props to create a still life. I enjoyed it so much that I kept it up and took even more the next day.

Here is my first photo. If you’ve been to my house, you might recognize the antique dental cabinet.  I had to remove some of the liqueur glasses and little dishes in the cabinets, but missed a few (thank goodness for Photoshop!).  I also added some texture to rough it up a bit.

20150504-MMA_4640_melinda_anderson-EditAnd here are a few other shots from the next morning.  I took more time with these, using a tripod so I could slow my shutter to add more light (it has been dismal and rainy here). I used my lensbaby for the first one and edited them all with one of Kim’s presets for a dark and earthy look.

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5 responses

  1. MaryAnn


    I love the story this photo tells, with all the parts and pieces of your life, so beautifully staged and captured. The detail in your straw hat is a-MAZING, and I really like the “earthiness” of mood too. Nice work Melinda!

    May 6, 2015 at 1:30 am

  2. Really beautiful.

    May 6, 2015 at 3:37 am

  3. Brilliant now that is using your creative brain to the highest. Good for you with coming up with this.

    May 6, 2015 at 5:33 am

  4. These are outstanding. Your styling is perfect. I especially love the last two. I think these could be on the pages of House Beautiful.

    May 6, 2015 at 6:51 am

  5. What a transformation of a familiar spot in your house! Love these!

    May 6, 2015 at 8:28 am

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