Portrait of a Princess

This shoot started simply as I snapped a few quick photos of my daughter playing with her new tea set while wearing her Belle gown.  Both were Christmas gifts from my aunts, & I wanted to some pics of her enjoying the gifts.  I set up a makeshift studio with a plain white paper backdrop and sunlight from my kitchen window.  After I uploaded the images to my computer, I decided that although white background looked fine, I wanted something a bit more magical.  

I wanted an aged/antique look similar to real portraits of European royalty I’d seen with just a touch of magic.  To get that rich look, I added several layers of textures from Jessica Drossin’s Illumination set http://jessicadrossintextures.blogspot.com/2011/04/introducing-illumination-textures-aka.html.  Not familiar with using textures?  You can read more about how/why photographers use textures to add depth and, well, texture to their images http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-use-textures-to-enhance-your-photographs  I LOVE how they turned out!  

Commercial clothing shoot

Recently, I dove head-first into the world of commercial photography when I agreed to shoot the Virginial Dunn Spring 2013 line (www.virginia-dunn.com).  I have done a couple of little commercial/product projects here and there in the past, but nothing to this scale.  It was a lot of fun & a lot of hard work.  I quickly learned that shooting a clothing line on spunky little models is quite a bit different than doing portrait shoots.  My beautiful little models were sooooo great!  



Autumn glow

Hi there dreamers!  Thanks for stopping by :)  

Any photographer will tell you that the best time of day to take photographs is during the “golden hour” (the hour after sunrise and before sunset.)  Of course, in reality, one can take great photographs anytime of day, but there is truly something magical about those few precious moments in “the golden hour” when the light glances off the surface of the earth in such a way that everything seems to sparkle & glow.  Evening sessions in the fall are espicially gorgeous because the foliage begins to turn warm red & yellow hues, which when reflecting the diffuse golden light makes everyone look beautiful.

Recently, I convinced my good friend to let her daughter play with mine in the evening autumn glow while I snapped a few pics.  Despite the mosquitoes & worries of West Nile (there’s an outbreak here in NOLA, ok… we aren’t completely neurotic), we had lots of fun and captured some great memories :)   Here are some of the images from that evening… enjoy!