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Photography Styling Challenge|Chaos


PSC January

This month: Chaos. Capital “C”.

I can think of few things more chaotic than the holidays. Maybe a medical emergency or the cooking of a  six course meal tops the holidays in terms of sheer insanity. To pay homage to this month’s photography styling challenge, I had no need to look further than my own floors.

A day or two past Christmas, I got on all fours and gathered every shred of evidence that suggested we had celebrated. It was such an abundant haul that I had to pick and choose.


A tin candle lid that Oren was using as a mallet. A broken candy cane piece that Oren ripped from the tree; a relic from early December when ornaments adorned the bottom third of the tree. Glittery things that Oren couldn’t help but pull from shelves, jars, bags.


A length of velvet ribbon. Oren found it tied around a potted plant and couldn’t help but run it over his lips to better sense its lush velvety-goodness. Pine needles. Obviously, everywhere. Still pulling them from my socks.


A sprig of pine. Who can say if Oren or George (the cat) shook this one from the tree. A pine cone that decorated a paper-cone-tree and deer forest atop a speaker.


Gift packaging: paper ribbon, assorted yarns, name tags painted by the baby (his first time with a paint brush).


A snowflake. I believe this found it’s way to the floor of my own accord (“I know exactly where I will hang this snow flake. Oh, tea water is boiling!”). Oren then most likely plucked it from it’s ledge and tucked it away. A twig from the tree.

And all of it, from my floor. The Christmas decorations are snug in their Christmas storage tub. The tree is gone. The needles from the tree are even [mostly] swept up into the bowels of our Oreck. The days are quieter as we burrow in for this Arctic blast. I dare say, I’m almost bored, and I am deeply anticipating next Christmas’ chaos.

For fun, check out everyone else’s chaos:


At the Corner of Happy and Harried

My Food Tapestry

Inge Kathleen Photography 

Pies and Puggles

City Girl Searching

The Delicious World of Chefette Spicy

A Tree Grows in the Bayou

I Live Under a Rock

Hooked on Homes

Signing out,



Author: Nicole

Hi there. My name is Nicole and I have an affinity for fiber art and home grown everything. I am a mother, seamstress, maker; so on and so forth. I'm here to share my escapades in sewing, parenting, and sometimes marriage (and infrequently, knitting). You can reach me at Nicolesheree@gmail.com. G'day.

7 thoughts on “Photography Styling Challenge|Chaos

  1. Wow Nicole. Brilliant photography here, I have seen your previous collections of photographs in the styling challenge and I think this is the best. The first two shots are beautiful. I like the way you have captured shadows. The idea of shooting mess after the festivities is smart..:) Very well done.

    • Thank you so much for popping in! I appreciate your praise, I had fun shooting this month. I may have to utilize this setup for lighting again in the future, the shadow play was really interesting. Like I told M, these were shot in a south facing window in my kitchen. On a large sheet of white cardstock.

  2. The lighting on these images are really interesting. Under what conditions were they shot? ~M.

  3. Pingback: Photography Styling Challenge #7: Chaos | Redesigned By M

  4. These are some interesting pics. Such a cute write-up about your baby too 😉 We know they love messes, don’t they?!
    I do find some pics are a bit dark and maybe cropped too much (maybe intentional?) I personally would have preferred to see a wider angle too.

  5. Sounds like a real fun shoot. My daughter nearly pulled our humble little tree a couple of times too.
    The lighting looks so warm and cozy, exactly how it should be for a Christmas shoot. Wonderful, Nicole!

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