That morning I'd gone out into the garden and found that the bleeding hearts, narcissus, and purple lilacs were in full bloom. And I thought: what a perfect time to photograph a bunch of my vintage glass bottles and put those up in my shop!
So I picked an armload of flowers, stuck them in a pot of water, retrieved the bottles from my storage shed out behind our house, and went up to the stair landing that I use as my photography studio. I've got a small table there, which I cover with a piece of white poster board, and put another white poster board behind it. I got out my camera and started shooting, doing the cobalt blue bottles first with a few stalks of bleeding hearts and narcissus:
Afterwards I stuck in the bleeding hearts:
So far so good. I set my camera down on the table and lowered myself onto one of the stairs to take a break, but just as I reached behind me to sit down, I brushed against one of the cobalt blue bottles and suddenly it tipped sideways and fell against the stairs:
Oh no--I was going to sell those two as a set! Not being one to cry over spilt milk or broken bottles (they're just "things" after all), I picked up the bottle that hadn't broken and began photographing that one with my yellow fan, which looks pretty great as a backdrop for any blue shades (should I really sell this when it's such a great prop?):
And put in a sprig of lilac:
It was still a pretty colored bottle, even all by itself. And who knows: I might just keep it for myself!