In my new series Fly Away I photograph children doing something that they absolutely love- JUMPING! What's makes it even better is popping into photoshop to transform these pictures into magical works of art.
Little E was desperate for a picture of herself flying with butterfly wings and a picture of butterflies flying her away. A tall order indeed.
How could I resist?
So, after picking out a beautiful frock with ruffles and sparkles we set to work.
I chose to work with the natural light from a huge glass door in my studio space. I wanted these pictures to feel very organic in spite of their supernatural themes. While I love the flexibility of studio lights, this particular project just begged for the soft diffused window light.
I used the medium gray backdrop I handpainted. This was especially importrant. It adds a lot of texture, but is also a fairly easy color to work with when cutting out my subject, provided they aren't wearing gray.
Commence the jumping!
Later, I popped into Adobe CC to make the magic happen. I didn't have any shots from my own work that fit my theme so I chose to add elements from Adobe Stock images. I'll be working on adding more images to my own stock folder this year. After all the elements were added I popped into this fantastic Software Alien Skin to give it a beautifully cohesive finish.
I absolutely adore the results. So does Little E.