Creative photo practice session

I LOVE the way Camille takes her photos.  You know the photos I’m talking about don’t you?  They have the tilt to them.  The angle that give the subject interest? 

So there I was yesterday, up in the studio, putting away my cotton ric rac (rick rack) that just arrived.  (Yes you can spell ric rac either way.) I get this great idea to take a picture for you! 

First I take this one…

Bookcase straight up

Straight up photo: bookshelf with new ric rac,  AND new French General pincushion that I LOVE! No awards here except for maybe the pincushion and the ric rack. So how boring is this photo I ask myself?  Why can’t I be more like Camille?

So I take another photo…camera tilted…

Bookcase with tilt

…made myself feel a little sea sick.  Had to move that big pincushion.  It almost fell off LOL!  How does Camille do it?

Let’s try again with my new bunny from Jennifer Murphy

Bunny with yellow cup

…Oh no!  I left in the pink file folder and that tacky yellow Tupperware cup I drink out of!  Can you believe I did that?  Oh and that pencil sharpener too! Tilt is there, but the background is SO tacky!

One more time and I’m sure I’ll get it…

Bunny with pencils and bookshelf

…Oh I think this is better.  Just a few lessons from Camille and I might have it!  Notice how the cup is gone and the shelf in the background is blurred.  She’d be proud of me! 


So now I try this one…tilt the PINCUSHION and leave the camera straight.  Pure genius.  Ok, I admit not quite genius. 

Pincushion with tilt camera straight

It does give me a chance to rave about The French General linen pincushion from Moda…it’s LONG, and HEAVY, and I just love it!  It’s weighted and I do mean weighted.  If you had two, you could do arm exercises.  There’s something about them that’s so cool. 

I have them on my web site so you can buy one too.  Just look under notions.   These are heavy (a little over 3 lbs) but we found we can fit one in a flat rate envelope!  It’s true!   Unless you live in another country or your postman has weak arms! 

Back to photography school…





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  • Sinta Renee - I will be right over to order one of those pincushions… I have been trying to find them! P.S. You are inspiring me to be more creative with the camera!ReplyCancel

  • badlandsquilts - love the photo experiments… I just reinstalled Windows live after your other post and need to do some experimenting myself. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - I love how all your photos turned out! Very creative and gives a little more interest. Funny about the pincushion.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - All I can focus on is the RICK RACK…bags and yards of beautiful RICK RACK!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - You are too funny! Love all the photo clips and bags of ric rac. I use to love it when my mom would add ric rac to my homemade dresses when I was younger…made it look fancy! Looking forward to Bitsy Buttons in the fall. Have a good weekend.ReplyCancel

  • jaybird - where did you get all that ric rac???? i need to get a stash like that!! and i know what you mean about taking pictures.. i used to think you got your camera out and snap… but no.. if you do that you end up with lots of things in the frame that you didn't think would be there…ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - I, too, love her photography style. That's exactly how I'm learning. Try, try again!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Love your new addition from Jennifer Murphy. I have a collection of one..of course a small pincushion. Love it, also the new pincushions from French General. Need one of those too..!

  • Susan - Photos on an angle are more interesting. I probably wouldn't have noticed some of the stuff in the background until you pointed them out! LOL!ReplyCancel

  • What Comes Next? - Camille does have a wonderful photo style, doesn't she? You've been having fun experimenting, and getting some nice results – it does make the pictures more interesting. Wow! that's a lot of rick rack! and that pin cushion is wonderful. Off to play with my camera nowReplyCancel

  • Quilt Hollow - Well, I'm curious what all that rick rack is for! I think you did a fantastic job with the photography….I see some Camille in you!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - I love your ric rac it looks so great in that cupboard. All the wonderful colors neatly ready for a fantastic project. Yummy!ReplyCancel

  • QUILTILNLG IS BLISSFUL, DI - Hi Anne–I must be a stand up straight kinda gal–cause I really like photo #1 the best–the others made me dizzy–how funny it that???? I guess the "?" of the day is –what's coming up that you need so much of the pretty ric rac for and maybe we should all be a stash of it???? Have a great day–hugs, just, DiReplyCancel

  • The Quilt Shoppe - You are so silly :)

    Yes, Camille's photos are AMAZING …

    But so are yours!

    And yes, I totally ♥ the ric rac.

    And the pincushions? Can't keep them in stock!ReplyCancel

  • Anina - All your photos are lovely but I really like the second bunny one.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - Loved the post!! Loved the rick rack too!! Off to look at pincushions now!!ReplyCancel

  • Camille - Oh my gosh, don't be ridiculous!! As flattered as I am, trust me- you know more than I do about photography. I still don't have a clue what I'm doing!

    Your photos look great, keep it up!!ReplyCancel

  • Irma's Rose Cottage - Great photos! I need to practice on my picture taking techniques.

    Hugs :)


  • thevintagemagpie - Hi Anne, I love your camera angle shots! And I love Jennifer Murphy creations.. that bunny is so cute… well I shall be off creating a special Gracie for you to join her!

    Glad to have found your wonderful blog xReplyCancel

  • dotti white - Anne…you crack me up with the pictures. Actually, I really loved how your photos turned out. I would love to make mine a bit more creative, too…You do a wonderful job!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy@Cutepinkstuff - Love little brown bunny in the the little pink dress, love the photo tilted and the fact that you forgot to take out the little yellow tupperware cup!ReplyCancel

  • MOLLY - Love that pincushion. Also am loving the BOM–really gotten into those blocks! Can't wait for August!!ReplyCancel