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A Year of Beauty- Photography Challenge

Hello! January's Challenge!! Drumroll please...Blush/Bronzer! 

 

Previous challenges-

April- Lipstick

May- Eye Shadow

June- Primer/Foundation/Concealer/CC/BB

July- Highlighters

August- Brushes

September- Sheet Masks

October- Hair Care

November- Fragrance

December- Nail Polish

January- Blush/Bronzer

 

I've been thinking for a while now about creating a challenge. And why not mix my two favorite things in life!? Beauty and photography. As some of you know I am a photographer on the side. But my creativity for things like this are horrible! Each month we will have a different theme, and your challenge is to incorporate the theme into a creative photo!

 

This challenge is going to be a little different, because you won't be creating looks! Starting in April, but I'd love to get your input and if this is something you would be interested in participating in. I thought about doing prizes and voting, we can still vote for the best if you guys want. But with all the legal jargon needed for prizes I decided I didn't want to mess with that. I might send  unicorn mail throughout to those who participate often though 😼 PS- They make for great filler posts on your social media too. And active participation in the forum, reviews, and gallery ( don't forget to post your challenge photos there too!) can possibly help your chances of getting gratis...like those two beautiful perfumes I got as a gratis below *wink wink*.  

 

The challenge and "rules"-

1. Flat lays and staged photos only. I'll post examples below. But no faces or people allowed in your photos. (Though you can include photographs).

 

2. All photos you take must be your own. 

 

3. Post as many images as you want, you have a whole month to get creative with each theme. Post one, post everyday, doesn't matter.

 

4. Let's talk gear and products! Tell us about your image. List the products and colors, talk to us about your concept and how it came to be, taken with your phone or DSLR? 

 

Here are some helpful reads- digital-photography-school dot com/flat-lay-photography/  and digital-photography-school dot com/tips-for-getting-started-with-still-life-photography/

 

Here are some of my example images I've taken in the past-

Flatlay 1.jpg

Gucci Flora Gardenia.jpg

Floral Street Sunflower Pop.jpg

Gucci Bloom Eau De Toilette 1 oz/ 30 mL eau de toilette spray 

Floral Street Sunflower Pop Eau De Parfum Travel Spray 0.34 oz/ 10 mL Eau de Parfum Spray 

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This set up is fantastic! This is so professional looking 👌 @fatimamummy Your eye for this stuff is spot on!

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Wow @fatimamummy ! Spectacular! 😍

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Such a pretty set up @fatimamummy !!!

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@fatimamummy I'm so glad you shared it! You should make a coffee table book ❤️ I love this one so so much!

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This is a work of art @fatimamummy! 😍 The placement of all the pieces in this frame works beautifully together; the fragrances of course are the stars of the photo - gorgeous! At the same time, the supporting pieces, like the books and the pretty (floral shaped?) dish with the blue gradient capture your attention as well but without taking away from the lovely collection of fragrances. 

 

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Thank you so much @itsfi  I am glad how well it all worked out and yes it is a bluish black flower shaped dish that I mostly use to keep small jewelry

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Last but not least for the November Photograph Challenge - Fragrance

11.2022 Fragrance - Tom Ford Trio Set.jpg

 

Photo Details:

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Product(s):Tom Ford Private Blend Eau de Parfum Mini Decanter Discovery Gift Set (consists of 0.4 oz. decanters of  TOM FORD Bitter Peach Eau De Parfum TOM FORD Rose Prick TOM FORD Lost Cherry
Camera:iPhoneX
Background:Table
Prop(s):Used the box for the trio as a prop, along with cream colored knit throw, journal with a black & white herringbone print
Other Material:Faux sprig of greenery with individual blooms sprinkled about
Lighting: Natural, indirect lighting
Editing: None

This is one of my favorite purchases of the year and shot. Thank you @Samtian for this challenge. To say it's amazing is an understatement. I've learned and continue to learn so much here. 💖

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You always amaze me with your gorgeous pictures @itsfi ! ❤️❤️❤️

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@Saradestin, thank you for your always kind and encouraging words. 😘 I'm getting to combine two things I'm interested in through BIC and this thread - beauty products and photography! It's a definite win-win for me. 💖

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Win-win for you and for us @itsfi , because we get to enjoy your gorgeous pictures!

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@itsfi This picture and everything makes me so happy! Such a beautiful purchase!

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Awww thank you @Samtian! This one was a fun one to set up and shoot. 😃 The final finish came out close to what I had in my mind for the shot. Yaaay!

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Your TomFord collection is beautiful @itsfi I love this photo and the casual but luxe vibes it gives.

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Thank you @fatimamummy! I'm making an effort to mix up my layouts more and experimenting with blending different looks - casual and luxe, staged arragements of products and more natural ones ... or maybe less staged 😂

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Very pretty, @itsfi ! 🥰

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@Titian06, thank you! These TF mini decanters are so fun - I didn't want to pass up an opportunity to take a photo of them.

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November Photography Challenge - Fragrance

Black & White or Color?

 

I love black and white photography but don't really do much of it. Inspired by the color and black and white photos that the fabulous @fatimamummy posted, I thought I'd give it a try with a couple of fragrances, to see the effect created by each

 

Killian (head on shot):

11.2022 Kilian (b&w).jpg

11.2022 Kilian (color).jpg

 

Kilian (angled shot):

11.2022 Kilian Set - angled (B&W).jpg

11.2022 Kilian Set - angled (color).jpg

 

Photograph Details

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Product(s):KILIAN Paris Mini Perfume Discovery Set (this is such a beautiful set!)
Camera:iPhoneX
Background:Table
Prop(s):None
Other Material:None
Lighting: (1) black & white shot - used "mono" setting on phone; (2) color photo taken with indirect light, mid-morning
Editing: Zoomed in, cropped at  top of photo to level out box

 

Byredo (flat lay):
11.2022 - Byredo Color.jpg
11.2022 - Byredo B&W.jpg
 
Photo Details:
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Product(s):Byredo Eyes Closed
Camera:iPhoneX
Background:Table
Prop(s):Flower garland
Other Material:None
Lighting: (1) color photo taken with indirect light, mid-afternoon (2) black & white shot - used "mono" setting on phone
Editing: None
 

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It is such a pleasure to the senses to enjoy your art @itsfi ! 😍

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So well said @Saradestin! Thank you! 💗

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These are awesome @itsfi  I also love black & White and if it was upto me most of my photo would be some tone of grey or B&W

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Thank you @fatimamummy! 😀 I don't know what it is exactly, but there's something about the look and feel of B&Ws that grabs my attention from the start. Oh grey tones?! It would be fascinating to see how changes in the greyscale of a photo changes its overall ambiance of the frame. 

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