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Fairy Wonderland

Little girls LOVE fairies!  I do too!  That is why I offer Fairy Imagination Mini-Sessions once a year.  Imagination Sessions take quite a bit more work overall and for that reason I offer them on a very limited basis. 

Planning Imagination Sessions is quite time consuming.  Each pose must be carefully thought out.  You must see the final image in your mind and determine what will be needed to create that particular image.  The client (typically a young child) must be posed in a certain way, which is all relative to their age and development.  You must also arrange for any props that might be needed.  Imagination Sessions are mainly created in post-production (Photoshop) so many of the props used are digital.  With fairy sessions, the wings are not actual wings, but rather wings created in Photoshop.  The same with wands, flowers, castles, mountains, etc.  Almost everything besides the client is added to the image, or rather the client is added to the scene. 

Photographing Imagination Sessions can also be time consuming and as I already mentioned, it pretty much depends on the child(ren).  Most children are very excited and cooperative when it comes to Imagination Sessions.  They can't wait to see themselves as a beautiful fairy with beautiful wings!  Even with the most cooperative child, they must be posed in a very specific way.  In order to accomplish this you must know what the child is capable of at that age and at that stage of their development.  This is where my years of experience as a kindergarten teacher are very useful!

Editing Imagination Sessions is a VERY lengthy process!  All the digital elements must be customized to match the scene.  The digital items need to be proportionate and blend into the scene as well.  The lighting needs to be adjusted to create a certain mood.  All of these things need to match the client's personality. 

There are three more Imagination Mini-Sessions planned for this summer!  Be on the lookout for Huck Finn, Cowboys and Indians, and something so magical I don't want to reveal it just yet!

If you have an idea for an Imagination Session, please let me know!  I always love hearing ideas from my clients.

Fairy Imagination Session with Sisters

Fairy Imagination Session with Sisters

Fairy Imagination Session

Fairy Imagination Session

Fairy Imagination Session - close up

Fairy Imagination Session - close up

Fairy Imagination Session with Butterflies

Fairy Imagination Session with Butterflies

My Niche - Creative Photography!

I have recently fallen in love with creative photography!  Creative photography can be defined as many things.  It can be as simple as just being creative with props, poses, and location, but it can also be a completely altered image.  Simply put, it is defined as, "altered reality."   

Creative photography is an extension of conventional photography into creative art. Its purpose is to stimulate creative thoughts and encourage experimentation with new ideas going beyond a simple photograph.
— http://www.ncp.org.au/creative.htm
My first creative photo, December 2014

My first creative photo, December 2014

I discovered creative photography by accident.  I stumbled upon a Facebook group with some amazing artists!  These artists assisted the members of the group by creating challenges.  They would supply several images and we had to combine them as we envisioned.  

I love all forms of photography!  Capturing a moment in time is absolutely priceless to me.  Creative photography allows you to add elements into an image which can make it more fun and playful (as above) or it can give extra meaning to an image which is otherwise impossible to capture. 

A creative photograph that enhances an image to add emotion.  This little boy was sick and passed away.  He always wanted to climb a tree, but was unable to do so.  A member in the group mentioned above asked us to create a photograph of the young boy climbing a tree.  These photographs were impossible to capture, but have a lot of meaning for the family.

A creative photograph that enhances an image to add emotion.  This little boy was sick and passed away.  He always wanted to climb a tree, but was unable to do so.  A member in the group mentioned above asked us to create a photograph of the young boy climbing a tree.  These photographs were impossible to capture, but have a lot of meaning for the family.

This summer I took advantage of my six children being home and had fun with creative photography!  My younger girls were my models and the older kids helped with the setup, posing, and ideas.  We turned our living room into a sea.  We turned an ordinary sunset into a painting.  And I currently have plans for the puffy clouds in a bright, blue sky!  The possibilities are endless with creative photography!

The living room became a sea with boats!

The living room became a sea with boats!

An ordinary sunset became a canvas for the girls to paint the night sky!

An ordinary sunset became a canvas for the girls to paint the night sky!

From time to time I have "Imagination Mini-Sessions."  I typically have two themed Imaginative Mini-Sessions per year which are specially priced and have a very limited availability.  However, I am toying with the idea of adding a Christmas themed Imagination Mini-Session.

If you have a certain theme in mind, just let me know and I can put together something special for your family!  The sky is the limit with creative photography!