Fly Away

January 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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?

I couldn't. 

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! 

Jump Little E

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. 

 


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