The photographic explorations of a former film student.

Real Mug Shots, Literally

I finally finished my mug shots this week (that’s photos of mugs, not criminals). Confession: I cheated. This is obviously a teacup, but it’s cute. I wanted to try a white on white sort of shot, and this tells me I had better give myself some time when I do it again in January.

strawberryteacup

This is my “puppy mug” from my childhood. It’s an English “beaker” as I’ve heard mugs called on the britcoms. Back in the day, my mom let my sister and I each pick out a secondhand mug as our own. I had a thing for spaniels at that time, so this was an easy choice. Digging into the mug’s national origin, I chose to accent it with an old Shakespeare book and some shortbread cookies. I had the strongest visualization for this shot.

puppymug

Lastly, I wanted to do something with hot cocoa and a ’70s vibe. My mother kindly let me borrow this wonderful tall old mug she has. It went well with the cocoa and the tall spoon, but I confess the cookies were an afterthought. Your order at the cafe is ready.

hotchocolate

I tried out a method for adding steam in Photoshop. It’s something I’ve been playing with recently. Let me know what you think.

Next Time: Thoughts on Christmas and Color

I’ve seen pink trees, overheard talk of blue trees, and strolled down aisle after aisle filled with ornaments of non-traditional colors. Yet I still prefer the traditional.

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2 responses

  1. Neves

    Beautiful! Though I did think the steam looked Photoshopped before I read the description.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:57 am

    • Still working on that one.

      December 4, 2012 at 12:55 am

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