Holly Stanley Photography: Still Life &emdash; Forks

Shots like this may look simple, and you may assume that the setup is quick…. To get the exact look that I was going for, I had to take more test shots than you may realize!  The large watermark toward the middle is for the protection of my images, I have had a few stolen and published recently.  I always appreciate the visits to my blog and my website (by clicking on the image, you can view this photo on my website)!


Holly Stanley Photography: Nature &emdash; Sunset

I went here a couple of years ago.  I don’t live near a large body of water like this, but I would LOVE to go back sometime.  I can’t believe how peaceful it is here!  There really is something magical about being by the water, especially at sunrise or sunset… and lucky for me, the beach was pretty much deserted!  ;)

If you click on the image above, you can view it on my website, and purchase a print if you like (the watermark will not show up on the print).  I will be highlighting some images from my website for a few posts, these are the photos that I am particularly proud of, and I would love to get the word out about them.

Thanks for stopping by!

- Holly

Some Changes…

Good evening,

I have made the decision to un-publish my Facebook photography page, and I am changing permissions on all of my Flickr images.  This means, that every time I embedded one of my Flickr photos in a blog post here, it will no longer be visible.  If I post anything in the future, it will be an image that I upload directly, and with a watermark on it.  I recently had another one of my images stolen, published, and distributed.  I’m sure the people who did this had no idea that I would ever discover it, OR, they thought that they did nothing wrong.

I want to thank everyone who has followed me here, and has given me so much support over the past few years.  I will continue to work on my photography for my own enjoyment, and perhaps come back at some point in the future.  I have so much to figure out in terms of my own style, and working on improving my techniques.

Thank you!

- Holly

Autumn is Approaching

It has been pretty chilly around here recently – it almost feels like November instead of September.  Summer seems to have come to a screeching halt, and fall is knocking on the door already.  This is actually my favorite time of year, for so many reasons (including photography), so I hope it sticks around for a while before winter shows up!

My younger son was gracious enough (and extremely patient) to help me with a project on Saturday.  He mentioned yesterday that he now wants a camera of his own – I would LOVE to take him out shooting and see what he comes up with!!  :)
Autumn Is Approaching


I really enjoyed putting this together, and I love the result – so I may be doing more images like this in the near future!  ;)

Feel free to post any questions or comments, and thanks for stopping by!

- Holly

365/365 {The End}

Of course, I had to use a photo of my boys for my last photo in my 365!   It’s not easy to get a decent shot of the two of them together, so I’ll take any that I can get!  ;)

What have I learned from doing a 365?  Well, after one year…. and eight months….. I have learned to shoot from the heart.  I would love to choose a specific area of photography to go into, but I’m always finding an excuse to photograph just about anything!    I do love photographing people, there is so much emotion to capture, and every image tells an amazing story.  I do hope to get into photographing people more someday… not necessarily just portraits, it could be anything from portraits, to candid shots, to art images.  I have learned that there is still so much left to learn.   The field of photography is endless… infinite possibilities, infinite learning potential.  Everyone can learn something from someone else.  Don’t try to compete, share what you know, and let others teach you something.  Everyone has their own vision.  I really have to thank these two little guys for helping me out so much with my project.  They have both been so patient, willing to help, and even coming up with some ideas for me!  I would also like to thank my husband, who has supported me from the beginning, and has always believed in me.  ♥

Thank you to everyone who has followed along on this journey that I started in January of last year, and thank you to everyone who has found me along the way.  I hope you stick around!  I really don’t think I’ll take on another project for a while…. at least, not one that requires such a huge commitment!
365/365 {The End}

Nature Abstracts

One technique that I really like is to use a long shutter speed to create an abstract.  Here are two images that I created recently using that technique:
GrowthFor this photo, I moved the camera up while the shutter was open (tall grass at the edge of a pond).


CurrentFor this photo, I held the camera still, and let the rushing water do the work.


What are some of your favorite photography techniques to play around with?


Thanks for stopping by!

- Holly