Monday, April 15, 2013

The Little Things

______I think the most fun part about the picture-taking process is the little detail shots--zooming in on the varying earrings, bracelets, and rings that you own is always an adventure in itself, as is setting them up in the most obscure of locations. And then you work so diligently to balance one of the aforementioned tiny accessories on something it probably shouldn't be able to balance on, and you must be still as a serial killer watching its victim as you ease toward it and snap photo after photo.

______The serial killer simile aside, here's a hearty collection of my favorite snapshots from the past year or so.

______This little guy is a vintage bracelet that my grandmother passed down to me.  The whale mouth opens and closes--talk about advanced jewelry technology!  My last name means "whale" in Norwegian (hence my violent Viking tendencies, and burning desire to rule the world), so this bracelet is pretty darn special to me.

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______I'm sure you guys know that I always end up wearing the same few bracelets... I never buy new ones since I tend to take them off after picture-taking. They're a burden, but they're pretty. Pretty burdens, those elusive bracelets are.

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______Bought that shiny-as-a-beetle's-shell pendant from this huge antique and costume jewelry vender.  Vendor?  Vender?  Venn-Diagram?  Whatever.

Athens7Blue Moon11Butternut Squash9A Spotty Transition9Oxblood10A Touch of Gold7Swan Princess10
______Ah yes, the trusty cicadabro earrings. Cicadabro is totally one word--it sounds cooler mushed together like that, yeah?  Little friends that I can wear on my ears... Well, that sounds a bit off.  I'm almost certain that most things I say are a bit off, though.

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A Spotty Transition8Queen5Flamingo10
Starry11A Touch of Gold RingHeart to Spot8
______There's the Mickey Mouse ring my dad bought me when he was passing through Disney for a business trip back in the day... It's quite the antique, but still fits perfectly!

______Oh! And we can't forget the shoes. Most of these shots are courteous of my mother dearest, who literally gets down on her knees to take them. That, or I climb a small ledge or bench or some sort, balancing on it treacherously, a task which can be quite difficult to accomplish in nylon tights and heels.  In essence, my mother and I both put our lives (and clothing) in danger.

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______Have a groovy week!  Do people still say that?  I'm bringing it back.


Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

:D Your photography is really inspriing - I'd love to go out and watch you take your detail shots. They are always well thought out. I can never get the hands in front of my waist thing down....half the time I look like I'm pregnant....ha! (because I end up looking like im cradling...a non existant baby)

Pearl in fashion said...

Amazing jewellery! :)

Avi said...

Your jewelry is flawless and beautiful! Don't worry about using the same ones because I wear the same jewelry. I don't buy a lot of jewelry to be really honest.

Katie Aman said...

You do always find the prettiest locations for your jewelry and detail shots. Some of those amongst flowers are just stunning! I love that some of these pieces hold dear meaning to you-like that first bracelet, what a fantastic heirloom! Plus your description of it made me laugh, haha :)
I love the photo with the rain droplets too, simple and pretty. Your photography always makes me want to work harder on mine! You have such a talent.

LyddieGal said...

I love the care you put into your detail shots - sometimes you really just want to see a piece up close! And they are all so pretty and unique.

I've said it before but I love your cicada earrings. I hate actual bugs, but gilded in gold they are pretty awesome.

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{The Perfect Palette} said...

This post is full of inspiration. I'm especially loving the color ideas!

Mimi said...

I like it so by all means bring it back! Your pics are fabulous and your accessories are amazing, great way to capture all your special things:)

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I agree, and really love detail shots, because to me accessories whether shoes, or jewellery makes the difference. Love how vibrant your images are. :) /Madison

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Alyssa Molin-Graves said...

Wow Ali, you take such stunning photographs!! They really are just so beautiful! I have those cicada earrings too and I LOVE them :) You have a great knack for photographing outfits and accessories and your images always come out so clear and crisp :)

Happy Monday! xo


Linda Greaves said...

Miss Hval, your photography is amazing. Detail shots are the best when done right, and you take your artist's eye and apply it to these as well! Ahhh, I'm inspired to take closeups of my jewelry hanging in a tree now or flower. Haha, so gorgeous. Also, you and your mom make one awesome team. My mom does the same for me! xD

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Imogen said...

What a perfect post, full of stunning beautiful gorgeous things. The Jeffrey Campbells really stand out to me.

samecookiesdifferent said...

very beautiful stuff <3 love it! good insp <3

Boheme.Fille said...

You do have some amazing accessories! Love these photos!

Johanna said...

so many wonderful things!!
I love the pictures.
I like your blog,
♥Lots of love.

Nanthini said...

Groovy indeed Ali! Thanks for the inspirations :)

Nanthini said...

Groovy indeed Ali! Thanks for the inspirations :)

Marlen said...

hahah a serial killer- that's a sinister little twist to the end of that paragraph.

and i LOVE your detail shots- they're so creative and a really pleasure to look at. my brother takes my pictures and he most definitely is NOT patient when i want to play around and try something new haha. also, why do you have such an amazing shoe collection!? lurve it

xo Marlen
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E said...

You have such amazing accessories! I love the little rose earrings and those fancy brogues!!

Victoria // Oh So Pretty said...

Yes! Love the up close photos... The details! I lol at Venn-diagram. And groovy :)

Jessi said...

I've actually never noticed you wear the same jewelry. But don't worry I always do! If I wear any at all. I'm not too big on jewelry, wish I was. I don't have the knack for layering pretty bracelets like you! You take the most stunning photos and detail shots! And I'm loving those bug earrings and the last pair of lovely shoes.

The Braided Bandit said...

You have some pretty fabulous accessories girly! That little Mickey ring from your dad is so sweet, and I absolutely LOVE those last pair of oxfords! I always forget to take good detail shots!
Hope you're having a good week!
xo Hannah

monica said...

great collection of pics!

Debra said...

Ali my love! I adore your post! I am always captivated by the way you capture a piece of jewelry in a strange setting. That's what makes me come back for more. As well as your stories. Love you & Yeh. I say Groovy! Lol!

Francesca said...

I love these shots! The focus is so pretty! And I absolutely love that whale bracelet, how cute! And your jewelry is so pretty and of course, gorgeous shoes! :)

April Cheung said...

gorgeous photography! i always love doing detail shots. it's so much fun.

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nancy @ adore to adorn said...

such great images. I love the first bracelet...and its sentimental value for you! =)

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Jamie Rose said...

This is a fantastic collection of detail shots! I love all the shoe pictures! And of course the jewelry is gorgeous too. I always enjoy seeing detail pictures of an outfit when I read an outfit post.

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Dressed with soul said...

Hi dear, you have such excact view for wonderful details and I can recognize your talent in the snapshoots, too <3

Each pictures is worth to see for a long while ... so beautiful!

xx from Bavaria, Rena

Rory said...

You have the best accessories AND the best pictures of them! All of your pictures just have a really cool vibe to them. I love the brightness! But all that aside I have to say my favorite pictures are the ones of shoes just because I looove shoes. Those "athens" brown leather sandals are amazing!