In this photo below I’ve used a Still Stories preset (#29) along with a texture from the Decadent collection.

“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

I’ve been reading Big Magic, and I love it because in it she describes creativity and ideas the same way I do… well almost… I’m not sure I’m into the ideas jumping from person to person as such… but I do agree that they come and go and you have to attack each idea as it comes or you will lose it. When I get a new idea I know there is a finite amount of time I have to work it before I lose interest. And when the idea for my next big project comes they flow and flow and flow, but when it’s time for them to go they dry up and I hope I’m finished with my project before they dry up and I have a dry spell for a bit before my next idea comes.

You have to be open to the ideas. Following each inspiration path where ever it may lead you even if it isn’t the direction you thought you were going. I love that. Following the unknown path leading to your next big breakthrough. I’m usually watching other people make art when an idea hits for my photography. I love studying things outside photography so the ideas I get can be fresh and new when I come back to it. What book have you read recently that sparked some fire for you?

I’m back in my tiny studio today (ie: working by a window with soft diffused light coming in from the left on a small table). For these photos I was using my Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens – I absolutely love that lens. I use it set on about f4 – so it doesn’t have that glowy feel the lower f-stop creates but still looks very velvety in the finished photos. 

Check out the photo below to see my exact set. I love switching out the base and the background. The blue, stenciled background shown in this set is one of my favorites – it was created in the Background Workshop if you love it too and want to create a few beautiful backdrops for yourself!


In this photo below I’ve used a Still Stories preset (#29).


  1. donnap1

    Denise, I love your work! Your photos are such an inspiration for me.


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