Still Life Photography

Hello wordpress world! I’ve been a busy bee and have neglected my little bee hive blog of photography and craft . In an effort to return with a more consistent presence, I’ve decided to blog weekly every THURSDAY!

Look for me! I’m dedicated! I promise!

So.

Happy Thursday. It’s Spring here in Pennsylvania and the weather is finnnnne. It’s been a relatively cool spring so these mid 60’s and 70 temps are more than welcome these days.

With Spring come rebirth and color and a lot of work. Teacher work. Photography work. Happy work. I have been subbing in at wonderful schools in the area and spend weekends teaching at an art center near by and in my spare time I’ve been sewing and photographing up a storm!

I’ll have to tell y’all about a book I recently discovered called “Wild Color” by Jenny Dean and Karen Casselman. “Wild Color” is about the processes of dying fabrics with natural dyes made from plants. This is so exciting to me to begin to dive in and really explore natural dyeing processes. It will be fun to adventure into natural dyeing techniques and I hope that you’ll share with me any knowledge or tips you may have.

Okay, the topic at hand!

I wanted to share with you all some still life photographs that I’ve been working on and experimenting with. I love styling my own table-scapes by adding mood, texture, color and the right light to showcase a certain curated idea or thought. Arranging and re-arranging objects that are sentimental along with natural materials collected from trips, adventures or right in my own garden is my newest obsession.

Enjoy these images I took this week in my ‘home’ studio. My studio ( simply a wooden table)  tends to move with the light and I’ll lovingly follow that sunlight depending on which window it’s coming through. So mornings my studio could be my living room and come afternoon my studio could be my kitchen. It depends and changes with the time of day! Way to be flexible! 😉

I was able to create these images in my living room while listening to Townes Van Zandt and drinking tea. Ah.

Oh, if I could only do it more often.

Enjoy! If you haven’t yet said hello to me, please do! I’d love to chat and discuss anything on the blog or something you’re working on or creating at your own home studio.

’til next time!

Tessa

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Downs Family Portrait Session: November 2014

This past weekend I photographed my brother Noah and his wife Mary and their children. It was a beautiful autumn afternoon in the park spent being silly and getting in some shots to capture their sweet family. We got a LOT of images in the hour we were in the park and I think they turned out beautifully!

Enjoy this sneak preview and the collection will be up on my website tessadowns.com by weeks end.

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Chad and Kira engagement session

I was thrilled to take the engagement portraits for my dear friend Kira and her fiancé Chad. I took a trip out to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania a few weeks ago and we were able to get some beautiful autumn shots of places that were important to the couple. Kira is beautiful soul and I’m glad she found such a loving partner in Chad.

I’m glad to have spent time with them hearing stories about meeting, first dates, falling in love on a motorcycle ride and their engagement story that unfolded on a bridge in the middle of the woods. I’ve heard these stories from Kira half a dozen times, but if was the first time I heard her talk about their courtship in his presence and with his input. It was truly lovely.

These are a few images I took with them during their session. If you visit my website tessadowns.com you can see more from the session. These are a few of our favorites that I wanted to share!

I travel for sessions and am located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If you’d like to contact me to set up a portrait session or a wedding consultation you can contact me through my website.

 

Happy November everyone!

~Tessa

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Inspiration Wednesday! C|E|R|E|AL magazine- Travel and lifestyle

There is so much that inspires me these days and I wanted a way to share some of my daily and new influences with you! I was having a chat with my good friend Alia, from  Say Things with Color about blogging and artistic influences.

I am influenced every day by little things but also by larger things and these days by collaborative work by people working in different mediums and fields. I have been searching for blogs and magazines that are in line with my way of thinking and seem to line up with the way that I see the world. I am always looking for new ways to see and capture the world around me.

I was at Terrain at Styers this past Monday in Glen Mills, PA and found a new magazine to obsess over! If you haven’t heard of Terrain I URGE you to check out their website at least. If you are in Pennsylvania you should make a stop and pick up a sweet plant and admire the decor and gorgeous terrarium house with containers and plants for creating terrariums!

Terrain is a unique place that combines gardening, outdoor living and house and home goods focused around entertaining. They had a handful of magazines that they sell from outside sources. One magazine I discovered and fell in love with standing in the middle of the store was C|E|R|E|A|L. This magazine is a quarterly magazine about travel and lifestyle.

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C|E|R|E|A|L also has a neat blog too and they even post their own inspirations which is….well…inspiring!

I love traveling and I love travel photography and sometimes I ponder on how I could showcase my travel photography in an interesting and unique way. C|E|R|E|A|L did this in a beautiful way on their website.

On their website they took four images from each city they visited in October and presented them in two column blocks. It is clean and smooth and gorgeous to look at and enjoy.

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An image from C|E|R|E|A|L magazines Travels in October blog post. Check out their website and blog!

The thing that I like most about this magazine and what catches my eye in print and in photography in general is a clean, simple, minimalist…or edited look. I like that everything is taken into account in the frame when the photographers take their images. Each detail is thought out and considered. They seem to edit the composition before shooting to capture only what is necessary to tell a story.

It inspired me to think about my images from my travels to Alaska and which images work best with each other. How can I best tell a story of a place using just a few images side by side. I think this will be handy next time I am out shooting and thinking about how to tell a story about the place I am…in just a few simple, well thought out images.

Keeping it simple and elegant,

Tessa

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What inspires you? Drop a note to say hello! 

Alaska continues

Here are some more images from Alaska. They are slowly starting to unravel and make themselves known. (I am finally getting around to editing the images 🙂

Enjoy!

 

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