Capturing Romance: A Still Life Photography Set-Up

As a photographer, one of the things I love most is capturing the mood and emotion of a scene. Recently, I set up a still-life photography set with an antique dress, ballet shoes, and dried roses, aiming for a dark, moody, and romantic feel.

To achieve this look, I turned off all the lights in the room and relied solely on the natural light coming in from the window. This gave the scene a soft, ethereal quality, with shadows and highlights dancing across the subject.

I played around with different compositions and angles, looking for the perfect shot that would capture the essence of the set. The dried roses added a touch of melancholy to the scene, while the ballet shoes and antique dress hinted at a bygone era of elegance and grace.

(Photos and video processed with the Bellissima Lightroom/ACR Presets)

As I snapped away, I couldn’t help but think of a poem that would capture the feeling of the set. Here’s what I came up with:


Dried roses, ballet shoes, an antique dress,

A moment in time, captured to impress.

Soft light, shadows, and moody hue,

An image of romance, captured just for you.


In the end, I was thrilled with the results of the shoot. The images turned out beautifully, and I felt like I had truly captured the romance and nostalgia I was going for.

I hope this post inspires you to experiment with different photography set-ups and push yourself to capture the mood and emotion of a scene. Who knows what kind of magic you might create?

(Photos and video processed with the Bellissima Lightroom/ACR Presets)

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  1. Carol Wehner

    Really, really pretty!


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