I had so much fun with the pictures for this post! Usually I just take photos of pretty things, but this time I pushed myself to create photos that tell stories rather than just show what’s already there. Over the past week or so, I’ve been finding interesting patterns of light and shadow around golden hour and incorporating them in my photos. We live in an old farmhouse with big windows that make great photo opportunities, but you can also use any sort of windows, blinds, lamps, and so on.
Light and shadows are two (free!) things to be happy about, so I think they’re worth noticing. 😉 I hope you guys enjoy these pictures!
Around eight in the evening, I just walked around the house and looked for interesting patches of light. It’s super fun, actually. 😛 Kind of like a treasure hunt, with gold pieces hidden in plain sight. I found one on the rug in the hall. I love how this photo turned out!
A family from church has been bringing sunflowers to church for the ladies to take home. ❤ Last week, we got to take the whole vase home for mom, who is still recovering from surgery and hasn’t been able to be in church yet. She was delighted. 😀
Sunflowers are also SO fun to photograph, especially against a dark background. The petals almost have a light of their own.
I found a patch of light in the library, wavy from the old glass, and perfect for some self portrait pictures! It was a tad difficult, but even some of these with the “wrong” angles or focus I thought looked pretty neat. 🙂
Shadow and light is SUPER fun to play around with for portraits because of the emotion and story it conveys simply by the way it falls on the subject’s face. I love how one eye is bright and the other is dark here.
Ooh, here’s my favorite from this set. ❤ I usually go for color in photos, but I kept playing with B&W because of the contrast they added to the shadow patterns. Also, black and white definitely adds an extra “mood” to your photos, you know what I mean?
We framed a bunch of old letters and pictures by our hall staircase, and the glass beside the door cast some more shattered gold pieces on one of them. 🙂
The wavy glass gave the light such a neat texture. I love how it looks in B&W!
Something about golden hour and the contrast of shadows and sunshine makes even normal things, like this wooden chair, look dreamy.
Ooh, I like this one too! Like I said, I tried to “make” some photos rather than just taking them. You know? I love making art, so this is like another medium to do that with!
Even my very dirty studio window that’s had a cracked pane since we moved here made for an interesting photo. 🙂
Back to a burst of color! It’s easy to take really saturated images at golden hour because the light is… it’s like sweetened condensed sun instead of sweetened condensed milk. 🙂
Even if you don’t have any ready-made shadow patterns, you can create your own with basically any object! Plants and hands make especially interesting ones.
Again, dividing the face in half (well, in two) with light and shadow. It makes an otherwise plain photo more unique.
Curtains are fun to photograph in the evening because they soak up or diffuse the light and look all glowy and lovely. The sun temporarily stained the lace a rusty orange at the top. (Also yes, we really need to clean that window. :’D It’s complicated to clean since it’s old and has no roof to stand on outside… Gotta get a ladder up there one day soon.)
More favorites coming up! This is the door to my brother’s bedroom down the hall, featuring white-chocolate bars from the balcony doors. 😀 It’s amazing to me how such a simple photo can still convey a mood and emotion. How does this feel to you? Ominous? Peaceful? Lonely?
The boys’ room has the fourth old window in our house, conveniently casting a pattern over a stack of books. Somehow orange light like this reminds me of puzzles… Anyone else? I dunno, maybe we’ve just done a lot of golden-hour puzzles. XD
And we’ll end with another one of my favorites. I really like how the center of the photograph is blank and mysterious, balanced on both sides with a glimpse of the room, books/a notebook, and a window/reflection of one.
That’s it for today, my friends! I hope this inspired you to find and enjoy the small stories hidden in everyday life. 🙂 I love that about photography; it reminds you that mundane and everyday things are actually breathtaking and beautiful. So often we forget that.
Which photo(s) did you like best? What mood or feel did these pictures have to you?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm lens. Edited with Lightroom.