It all started with the above photo.
I was taking fall portraits and was thinking ahead to
I asked my client, 13 year old Amber, if she would
pose for me in a furry hood so I could practice.
I had her mother hold up a white piece of
fabric behind Amber to make it look
We shot these in 80-degrees in
my sister's front yard!
We dug out hats and scarves...
We had a "winter" BLAST!
I added backgrounds in Photoshop Elements 8.
In layers, add the background, then use
the eraser to remove the background from
I borrowed the neighbor's baby
and had MORE fun.
Gabrielle is pretty in pink.
You can find lots of these free backgrounds
I made my sister pose...
And, her husband Joe pose.
Hey, why not do a Christmas card photo?
Of course, I had to Santa up my niece Megan.
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Since Megan and I both love
Then we added props...my
brother-in-law's childhood sled.
The creativity of using a white background
and adding textures, snowflakes, and props is
My own daughter Lindsay posed for me
in my favorite red coat.
I bought that for 19 bucks when I was in college
a LONG time ago.
I collected tons of hats, scarves and mittens for just pennies
from various thrift stores. I also look for wonderful
coats, furry collars, and vests...all for just a few dollars.
Now when I do a photo shoot, I ask the client
to pick a hat from the bin and pose in front of
a white background.
They end up being my clients' favorite.
I hope this sparks your imagination
for photos this holiday season!
You can use my FREE bokeh
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