Still Life Theme Top Honors & Features | Chosen by Facebook Guest Judge Focused Dreamer Photos



I want to start by saying thank you so much for having me this week as a guest judge. I have loved looking at all of your images this week. Still life photography is my escape, my stress reliever and I loved seeing you all give it a shot this week.

My top 5: {in no order!}

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Lili Yuslianti Nis – I love this shot. I love the warmth, and the simplicity. It just flows for me.


Cindy Cavanagh: Photographer. Storyteller. Artist– what’s not to love about this photo? The pink, the cupcakes, the milk, the coordination  in the image. This picture would look adorable in a bakery somewhere.

12342603_1493059467667454_5439257883683094643_n Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer– this is STUNNING. I am tempted to buy a beach house just to have an excuse to hang this picture in it. I love the cool colors, the airy feel and that beautiful shade of teal!


Cara Hodge Photography– I’m a sucker for simplicity. This photo is perfect. It’s simple and yet still tells a story. Who was eating breakfast? Are they coming back? Did they know they left some behind? A good photo is pretty, a great photo tells a story and leave you with more questions than answers.


Performer Photography– this shot has me wishing for fall all over again. I love the lighting, the shine on the apples (seriously, did you shine them?!). I am really drawn to all the circles in this image as well.

And last but not least, my top honor goes to Ainsley Raye Photography



This image is perfection. The grouping, the composition, the editing. I could see this shot hanging in my mother’s kitchen. Great shot Ainsley!


Thank you all to everyone who took the time to participate!

10 FACTS WITH FACEBOOK GUEST JUDGE 12/14-12/20 | Focused Dreamer Photos



Hello all! I’m Erin Berry, from Focused Dreamer Photos. I am documentary/portraiture/fine art photographer,  {I can’t pick just one!}  located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I’ve been shooting with my camera since May 2015, but my experience goes back to 2006 using film. I love my Nikon D5300. My favorite lens is my 50mm prime but recently got my hands on a 35mm and it’s giving my 50 a run for its money. I am so thrilled to be a guest judge this week on Dear Photographer!

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10 Fun Facts about Me

  1. My favorite comfort food: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough.
  2. If I could only shoot one thing the rest of my life it would be still life.
  3. I still feel really weird telling people “I’m a photographer”.
  4. I believe ice cream for breakfast is literally the best part about being an adult.
  5. Most of my inspiration stems from Vivian Maier. If you haven’t read about her, you need to. She was an amazing street photographer and a very interesting character.
  6. I have eight nieces and nephews {not including a great-niece} ranging in ages 26 years to 4 months. {I’m only 27.}
  7. I married my husband after only knowing him eight months, and we are going seven years strong {With two beautiful boys.}
  8. I edit my images almost 100% in Lightroom. I use Photoshop to watermark and that’s about the extent of my knowledge.
  9. I really really want to go on a National Geographic Photo Expedition.
  10. I have social anxiety issues with meeting people for the first time. It makes photo shoots super awkward until I warm up a little.



Have fun!