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!