Photography Challenge#12- Personal @ Hooked on Homes!

Photography Styling Challenge

As I sat writing for the last theme for M’s Photography Styling Challenge, I look back only to realize how far I’ve come in terms of styling and staging. I still have a long way to go but I know I am getting there, slowly and steadily…with a treasure of inspiration, tips and tricks from this challenge and from my fellow bloggers. This being the last month of the challenge, M chose the theme- ‘Personal’. And oh boy! Have I gone crazy? Trying to put my finger on what I should choose for the theme. Every single day (for the past one month) I woke up with a different theme in my head and by day end I didn’t find it fitting the bill (or the styling)…till a few days back when I was re-arranging hubby’s almirah, I finally found what I wanted to project as personal… but then again, it took a completely a different turn with our GSD ‘Don’ trying to be a part of the shoot! I will come to that part later…

So, here is my take on Photography Styling Challenge #12- Personal

With due permissions in place from the hubby, I chose to style and stage my shoot with hubby’s Uniform accessories! The epaulets, insignia, ribbons, medals, badges etc. all very personal to him for every tenure/year he has put in the service of the nation.

He has saved all of his uniform accessories till date, even the redundant ones. Maybe I ‘ll turn them into a DIY statement piece someday (with due permissions of course!).

These are his things… up, close and absolutely personal…including our German Shepherd, Don, who decided to be a part of the shoot as he got mighty curious to know what was I up to with his master’s belongings!

Don is as possessive about his master and his belongings as is his master about him! I wanted to use hubby’s shoes as part of staging for the photo shoot but Don got a little too possessive about them… with a little chiding from me and a some cajoling from the children he decided to give me a decent pose with the shoes! Mission accomplished!

By the way he is the oldest member of our family; he will turn 10 in September this year, which are 70 in human years. No disrespecting senior citizens in our home! So, if he wanted to be a part of the shoot…no one says no to Don!

To the other participants’ photography styling challenge and staging, click on the following links!

Redesigned By M

At The Corner of Happy and Harried

My Food Tapestry

Inge Kathleen Photography

City Girl Searching

The Delicious World of Chefette Spicy

A Tree Grows in the Bayou

I Live Under a Rock

Samta Photography

Miss Wang Photography

Simply Vegetarian 777

Coconut Craze

To check out my previous Photography challenge Click Here.

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Photgraphy Challenge#Living Room @ Hooked on Homes!

Photography Styling Challenge # 11- Living Room

While writing this blog post for M’s Photography Styling Challenge, I realised how décor trends and home trends have evolved over time. Bringing in the western décor/home layout, into the traditional Indian home has emerged as a great fusion of the ‘west meets the east’ and the transition is so seamless that it doesn’t seem western anymore.Practice interior styling and improve your photography in the Photography Styling Challenge. Participants welcome! | Redesigned By M

Indian homes have this concept called, the ‘Drawing Room’, a formal or a designated seating area meant for guests and STRICTLY guests… a very colonial concept, still very prevalent in many Indian homes. I remember as children we were banned from entering this area (whether it was enclosed or an open one); and just the sheer restriction of entering this sacrosanct area meant for guests would make it the most appealing/inviting/enticing room in the entire house! The forbidden always seems the most tempting! Most of the homes still have this concept, including my parents & in-laws’ place (the place that serves as the Living Room is actually the Dining Room).

When we got married and set up our first home, my husband and I agreed that we don’t need a ‘Drawing Room’ instead we opted to have a place that we could use unabashedly/ freely, no boundaries, no knocking over stuff or breakables… with or without children… The Living Room… the most used room in our home, where ever we have been posted to. Although we did have a small formal area designated exclusively for ‘unofficially’ official discussions/meetings in my hubby’s study area (in the base homes) but no Drawing Room as such.

So when we were renovating the home where we live now, we did away with the Drawing Room completely, pulled down a wall to have a huge Living Room instead, where we come together as a family to watch TV, play games, entertain, work, laze, eat… the decor is hassle free and nothing really to worry about… yet inviting and comfortable.

Sometimes this area doubles as the ‘Nightover Room’ for my children’s sleepover parties, as our media unit is in this room (we consciously decided not to have TV in any of the Bedrooms).

Although it is a constant effort to keep the Living Room organised, comfortable and appealing but over the years we have learned how to… I have trained my children well! And they know the drill. I took these photos on Saturday when I made some lemonade for us, the temperatures are soaring here it has already crossed 36 degrees centigrade. I used the bottle and the glass that my daughter had as her share, as my props for styling.

To see the ‘after’ and ‘before’ of our Living Room Click Here. And to see what the other participants of this group have to show, click on the following links!

Redesigned By M

At The Corner of Happy and Harried

My Food Tapestry

Inge Kathleen Photography

City Girl Searching

The Delicious World of Chefette Spicy

A Tree Grows in the Bayou

I Live Under a Rock

Samta Photography

Miss Wang Photography

Simply Vegetarian 777

Coconut Craze

To check out my previous Photography challenge Click Here.

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Photography Styling Challenge #9- Hooked on Homes!

Photography Styling Challenge #9- Fashion

I can’t believe that we are already in the third month of 2014! The Boards are on! You may find it annoying that I bring up Boards every time, but that’s what we have been living, breathing, eating and, sleeping since the beginning of this year! The situation happens to be the same not only at School but also at my home … this time the professional hazard has trickled down to home as well since our son is taking the Board exams this month. No respite anywhere… We all are waiting for mid April when life shall return to normalcy. We are longing for those stress free ‘phari’(flea market)shopping sprees, mindless outings, family holidays, entertaining, movies, malling, picnics, road trips, ice-cream long drives or just do-nothing and stay-in-bed-all-day!  Oh BTW did I mention that our daughter, too, is taking her Annual Exams? Can’t wait for this month to get over!

Coming back to the post, I always look forward to is the Photography Styling Challenge by M, every month. Practice interior styling and improve your photography in the Photography Styling Challenge. Participants welcome! | Redesigned By MI really enjoy this little interaction and have learned a lot from all the members of this Photograpphy Styling Challenge. This month’s challenge is Fashion. I wish I had a model to work with… everyone whom I approached refused, including my own children and hubby! So I had to improvise… while cleaning & organizing my dressing table I hit upon this idea of going all ‘girlie’ for this month’s challenge! And why not, 8th of March is around the corner! Here is my take on Photography Styling Challenge #9-Fashion… a few of my favourite things… including the flowers and the peacock feather! Inspired by the glossy fashion magazines!

Another shot of big girl play things!

My all time favourite dressy things!

This rose ‘attar’ (concentrated perfume) is a gift from a friend in Dubai, it is heavenly. I love the shape of the bottle too! I tried to make some perfect droplets for this pic , tried the glycerin trick but failed in my attempts… any tips?

It took me a while to find this pair of white sandals, almost a year-long search!  It’s been three years since then, they look new don’t they? Because I do take good care… also, I’ve just worn them twice!:-)

That’s it, from me to M’s PSC…do hop over to these other amazingly talented members of this challenge, you would will love ‘em all, I promise! And happy to know that this group is growing!

To check out last month’s Photography Styling Challenge #8- Patterns ‘click here’.

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PSC- Pattern @ Hooked on Home

Photography Challenge # 8- Patterns

Sometimes I act like a real muddlehead… my friends would vouch for it.  I feel rather silly typing this post, as I had my post ready (or so I thought) and I am glad I didn’t push the publish button (it’s safely sitting in my drafts). I made it on ‘Light’!! I am so glad I checked back in the Photography Challenge Themes. So, here I am now…clueless, thinking what to post! (This was the thought on my mind throughout the day at work today!)
Back home now… and I am ready with what I want to post today 🙂 🙂 🙂 So here is my take for M’s Photography Challenge # 8- Patterns.
I attended a friend’s wedding, in October last year… a big fat Indian wedding, a gala affair with all the grand elements of tradition, culture and of course the bling! Here are three of my favourite pictures of the wedding (Thanks to my friend for allowing me to post these photos!)

The ‘mehandi'(Henna) pattern on her hands was divine and she made one of the prettiest bride I’d ever seen!

The ornate ‘kundan’ embroidery on her bridal ‘lehenga’ (gown) is designed by her… I remember how she fussed over the oodles of doodles she drew in her little bridal notebook, to show to her designer for the embroidery pattern. Days before the wedding she rejected the entire ensemble! It didn’t have the embroidery pattern that she designed!

Finally it was re-embroidered, to her desired pattern and delivered hours before her ‘pheras’ (wedding ceremony)! Last minute delivery, Bollywood ishtyle!

Married Indian ‘aunties’, (wring my neck if you want to!) are supposed to sport a ‘bindi’ (dot) on their forehead. Jokes apart, I am a big fan of ‘bindi’, I love to wear matching ones especially if I am wearing a saree (or if I am traditionally dressed). Here is a patterned one, that I just did for the PSC! Image credit goes to my lil one!

I like to wear this patterned ‘bindi’ with this sari 🙂

I hope these photos do justice to Photography Challenge#8- Patterns… given the soup that I was in… I think I should be allowed a reprieve! Good or bad, the excitement to stay in this PSC made me pull off a post in such a short duration i.e  after coming back home… an hour ago! I am off to visit other members of our group, do join me… I promise, you would love ’em all!

To see what we were up to last time, in Photography Challenge#7, ‘Click here’
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Chaos

Photography Challenge- Chaos

Keeping a well organised home is tough 24×7 job. Especially when you have two teenagers at home, a full-time job and all other responsibilities of all the roles in my life. So, do I take a chill pill at times? I DO…and I have no qualms about it! As promised, here is my entry on ‘Photography Challenge #7 – Chaos’… and I am assuming I am the first one here in the group! This was one of the easiest photo shoot ever, no preparation, no styling, no re-styling just click, click and click and it’s done!  This is the scene in my home these days…

My son’s books are all over the home; his Grade 12 boards are round the corner. Asking him to clean/organise his stuff at this time is inviting AN ’emotional/sensitive’ load of trouble or a confrontation which results in waste of precious time, so I’ve been avoiding it.

In fact I am not allowed to organize for him either… he says not to mess with any of it as it disturbs his layout… his reasoning – it is a very deliberate organized chaos that makes his studying organized. Are you getting any of this? Me neither but I have given in to his teen whims and fancies since I know he is going through a stressful time.

It is just a matter of a couple of months; I think I can live in the sea of books all around my home for that long.

While I took other photos of the seen chaos in my home, I wondered, “what am I going to write about it?”, “How would people react to these pictures?” As I sat down, transferring these photos in my laptop… looking at them all these thoughts from the book- ‘The Chaos Theory’ started dancing in my head only to realise how true it is to say that – ‘Chaos is the science of surprises. It teaches us to expect the unexpected.’ The ‘unexpected’ thing here would be that I am okay with the chaos in my home!

In everyday language “chaos” implies the existence of unpredictable or random behaviour.

Although the theory deals with a field of Mathematics but if you actually look at it the same applies to the actions we perform in our daily lives, a case in point- My random behaviour resulted in picture no. 4 and 5… slowly and steadily, over a period of a year. The undesirable disorganization or chaos that you see in our basement is the result (of small actions) of not trying to contain the chaos (in fact added more to it…in smaller doses:-( ). And now I need serious help in containing it (can’t do anything until the summer vacation). You can learn looking at my chaotic basement how one should avoid actions/procrastination which may end up being unfavourable to our daily living… I have certainly learned the hard way.

I find solace in the fact that – ‘At the centre of Chaos Theory is the fascinating idea that order and chaos are not always diametrically opposed. Some systems flip this premise around, with orderly effects emerging out of turbulent and chaotic causes.’

I will have things in order…may not be soon but things will definitely be in order. All this would happen once there is clarity in the decisions that we would make this year and once my son is settled in his choice of stream for Graduation… first things first… I wish I could share more but sometimes the lesser said is better (sigh).

Pls don’t forget to take a look at these amazing members’ blog entries in this Photography Challenge, you’ll be amazed with their creativity!

To see the previous Photography Challenge entry {click here}.
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