When I think of the phrase “living with photography” I imagine images framed and hung on the wall in a neat and organized order, enhancing a room's already wonderful feel. But my reality when it comes to living with photography it is quite different. As we have moved into our new apartment only two months ago, I have yet to start hanging anything on the walls yet. Now that the Design Aglow Frame Shop is open, I think my life will be much easier. I have a lot of photography in my house, but it just might look a little different than the phrase sounds. My studio space is fairly tidy, as I am the type of person who likes to know where things are. All things have a place, a home. I style my life with organization, so the design flows naturally and effortlessly, providing me more time to do the things I love. It is no different when it comes to my photography equipment. My lenses sit right at my desk so I can see them all the time. Here is one secret I have never told anyone: whenever I get stuck or blocked I look to my lenses. I look at the 50mm and immediately I have a new inspiration, then the 85mm, and a totally new realization hits me. You get it, right? My lenses help me to reach new heights even when they are not attached to the body of the camera. Lenses can be great style elements, so try setting yours out. Another mainstay on my desk is my favorite photography books. I love books more than chocolate so I spend most of my time reading them instead of fiction books. When flipping through page after page of amazing images I am inspired to try new things and expand my knowledge on photography. Steve McCurry's book The Iconic Photographs is my favorite. Do you have any particular favorites when it comes to books on the amazing world of photography? Jasper Conran's book Country is wonderful because it is all-encompassing of nature, which is close to my heart. Like lenses, books have a way of taking me to a new place in my thoughts, deeper and more in-tune with what I am trying to express. The last time I was visiting my Mom she gave me a ton of old Polaroids from when my sister and I were little. At first I kept them in a box and knew one day I would find the perfect place for them. Indeed that “one day” happened and I made a little happy shelf in my bookcase. Each time I glance over at the shelf I smile, my heart warms up a little and I am grateful for my Mom keeping all those photos. So you see, living with photography can look different for everyone. It isn't just frames on the wall. What elements of photography are in your house? Do you have a fun and unique way of displaying your favorite or most precious photos? I am happy to be able to share with you the way I live with photography. Jocelyn xx Jocelyn Casey is a guest contributor and blogger. She loves to explore. She was born on a ranch in Ocala, Florida, and grew up with a painted pony and a long list of summer chores. Shortly after her studies in Interior Design, she packed a bag for London and never looked back. Jocelyn has been traveling the world for the past 10 years, finding inspiration in every moment. The Little Room of Style is Jocelyn's cozy corner on the internet were you will find just about everything that inspires her to continue moving forward in life”¦ with style! See more of her musings at thelittleroomofstyle.com Have an idea for an inspiring contribution to Design Aglow? We would love to hear from you! Email us through the contact form here.
The iPhone camera is an incredibly powerful tool. After learning a few basics, you can start practicing your own skills with what I like to call a “creative exercise régime.” First of all, l always hold my phone horizontally with two hands. I form a "C" with my left thumb and forefinger and tuck the phone into it so it rests on my hand with my middle finger holding it up along the back. Then with my right hand I form a similar backwards C with the phone against the palm of my hand and use my right thumb to take the picture. By having a steady hold on the phone, I eliminate shake. The result is a sharper image.
This past March, my family and I took a road trip from Marietta, Georgia to Charleston, South Carolina. The trip fell during the first few days of spring, and we all dreamed of warmer weather and a nice change of scenery! Our trip started on a Friday and ended the following Monday, but despite it’s brevity, it was an amazing experience!
If you run a photography business, you may feel like you spend 10% of your time actually creating images and the other 90% juggling endless administrative tasks. And when you’re focused on taking care of your clients, taking care of your business can get pushed to the back burner. But…that needs to stop. Organization isn’t a luxury. A streamlined studio gives you a solid foundation on which to build a successful business. So go ahead and make those brass tacks a priority. Here are the ducks you should get in a row, like, yesterday.