Have you ever seen an image which captivated you for some reason? I have several photographs like this, the first one being the one below.
This was a vintage-styled child model photoshoot. As with most of my child sessions, I brought some photography props to help keep her attention, and her mom bought her a vintage style dress to wear. When asked what shoes she wanted to wear, she chose her boots (I love a girl with her own style!).
She walked around the location, getting comfortable before I brought out my camera and props. I noticed the light behind her while she walked across the bridge. As quietly as I could, so that she wouldn't notice me, I crouched down & took the shot. I wanted to make sure that I photographed her boots & her dress; I also wanted to capture her innocence as she walked, oblivious to her surroundings.
For this re-edit, I wanted to bring out the sun that was behind her, as well as deepen the green and golden colors in the emvironment. I used several textures from 2 Lil Owls as well as some actions from Jessica Drossin to help bring out my vision.
Perhaps I love this candid child portrait because it speaks to me of her individuality, personality, fearlessness, and innocence - things that all children have the right to have. Or perhaps I love it because of the light behind her, or even because of the endless rows of tree. I don't know. The only thing I do know is that it's still one of my favorites and I hope you enjoy it too.
Claire Toney offers photography services in Sacramento, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Granite Bay, Carmichael, Roseville, and all surrounding areas. She loves child photography and capturing images that reflect the best that childhood has to offer.