“There is only one sun. We can’t all claim to only have one way to use the light, but we can REDEFINE how we choose to express it.”

Why are you passionate about this topic?

Still life is without a doubt my biggest passion in photography. I love taking everyday objects and making them into something more. I love the creative process and the many challenges it brings. It’s constantly making me think outside the box, and forcing me to step outside my comfort zone. I’m clearly obsessed with still life and I’m okay with that.

When did you first learn this technique?

Flowers were the starting point in my still life journey. They were so simple to style and photograph, and I really enjoyed the creative process. After working on flowers for over a year, I decided to take on a few photography projects that consisted of nothing but still life. I started to really notice my still life calling come together during that creative time. That’s when I began to transition into an artist.

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve this technique?

Still life is about taking the most ordinary of objects and transforming them in the most simplest of ways. It’s all in how you shoot. Here are a few guiding tips I recently shared that will help when it comes to shooting the simple & minimal of still life:


  • Think simple, not over-the-top. Less is always more. (I have to remind myself of this constantly)
  • Styling can be a hassle, especially if you don’t have a clear vision for what you’re working with. Pick an object and style it with one or two different pieces that will compliment it in style, color, and texture.
  • Placement is vital. Consider the rule of thirds when it comes to placing your objects in certain areas, but remember to break the rules when necessary. (that’s the fun part)
  • Shoot from different angles. Think of your space like a picture frame – work your camera around the object and try shooting it from all four corners. (shooting from above is my favorite)
  • Don’t rush the creative process. Works of art take time. Going at a slow pace will be your greatest advantage.

Remember, there are no set rules. Whatever your inner artist is telling you, listen. Whatever your vision might be, follow it. Always be open-minded.

What were the challenges for you in the beginning?

I’ve faced so many challenges throughout my still life journey, and I know I’ll continue to face many more. My most difficult of challenges seemed to stem from my lack of self-worth, both as a photographer and as an artist. A difficult one I faced was thinking I had to have a certain brand of gear or a certain kind of lens before I could pursue my still life dreams. For the longest time, I got in my own way thinking I needed more to do more. The secret to my success was in my hands the entire time: my kit lens. I quickly realized I didn’t need the most expensive camera or the latest lens to create what I really wanted to create. It’s not about what you have – it’s about how you use it. That’s the simple beauty of it all.

(images shot with my 55mm kits lens in natural light)


About the photographer:

Angie is a Lifestyle Photographer and Still Life Artist from the sunshine state of Florida. She is a storyteller of the mundane with a passion for still life, the ocean, and every ordinary thing.

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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!