Welcome to yet another edition of the monthly Photography Styling Challenge. I cannot believe we are halfway through the challenge already. It seems like yesterday that I chanced upon this challenge on M’s blog and decided to play along. I cannot tell you how much fun it has been and how much I have learned along the way.
This month’s concept is Order/Organization. It opens up such a wide range of options, yet I found myself stumped trying to decide what to shoot this month.
Then one day, I spread out a blanket on our living room floor and got to work. I had fun coming up with ideas for the shoot. I experimented with different objects that can work with both this month’s theme Order and next month’s theme of Chaos. I tried with rows of objects, my jewelry box, random baskets and catch-all bowls, but somehow failed to be fully satisfied.
I finally decided on a shot of my handbag with the contents neatly arranged nearby. I have seen this particular idea floating around the web, so it is not the most original of ideas.
1. Ladies’ Handbag
The state of my handbag is a running joke between hubby and me. He says I can survive with that thing alone for quite a few days. Well ladies, can’t we all?! I guess you can find out what a woman’s priorities are just by going through her purse. Right now, mine has juice boxes, snacks and even little toys. ‘Be prepared’, is what the Girl Scouts has taught me!
All my cards, receipts and money are nicely arranged in a wallet and cosmetics in another little bag. I cannot believe that just a couple of years back, I was toting around tons of diapers and wipes too! Now, if only my bag was this organized all the time.
I was not very satisfied with the other shots and decided to post just one image this time.
2. Wildcard Entry
Then last weekend, we were all huddled inside the house on an awfully cold and wet day. Boy was playing on the living room floor. Now, I like to think I may have passed on my somewhat ‘orderly’ gene to him. He created a little play scene with his toys. It is supposed to be a railway track going around a farm. Slowly other items accumulated, yet somehow there was an ‘order’ to it.
Only a child’s imagination can come up with an air control tower and fire engines in a farm! I simply started clicking and somehow felt compelled to share them here. To my eye, there is a sort of order and discipline here. I hope you agree.
When he was done, the animals were gently scooped up and transferred to their bin. Good job, Boy! (This particular picture may not say much about ‘order’, but I couldn’t resist those chubby fingers!)
Now his absolute favorite pastime is creating neat little rows of matchbox cars.
Sometimes he arranges them by color and/or size, but I wanted candid shots and did not think to direct him in any way. I think this picture captures the essence of both this month’s concept and his personality as well!
While I usually have an idea (in my head) on what I want to shoot for each concept, I am happy with how the wildcard entry photos turned out. It is somehow counter-intuitive to this month’s theme, but I hope it’s okay!
As I write this, I realized this is the last challenge for this year. Whoever coined the term “Time flies” was not kidding.
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As always, please leave your feedback, let me know what I could have done differently, and be sure to check out next month’s post on the concept ‘Chaos‘.
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To recap, here is last month’s post on the concept Bedroom.
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