I’ve had the idea for “Jacqueline’s Dream” for some time. I just needed to find Jacqueline!
As I didn’t know any 8-year old girls, I asked my friend Sara, the mother of boys in this age range, and Sara immediately suggested Jacqueline. I’m so glad she did – Jacqueline was perfect! She came to the studio with her mom and was an enthusiastic and engaging model.
To see a larger version of this image, click Jacqueline’s Dream and then click the “slideshow” button in the top right.
The image took a lot of work and is a composite of six different photographs. Let me tell you how I put it together.
First, the easy part. I bought a stock image, of the field, sky and clouds. This was the background, and in Photoshop, I cut out the other five images and laid them on top. You can think of cutting out pictures from a magazine and pasting them on top of another picture. The “cutting,” called compositing, is very tricky in Photoshop, to get clean and realistic edges.
I did make some changes in the background image, principally cutting down the intensity of the color, so it would fit better with the other images.
To the right, she is lying on her “bed,” a table with a sheet on it. Jacqueline’s fuzzy pajama pants are apparently all the rage with the 8-year old set. I purposely used a white background, knowing this would help with making a clean edge to fit on top of the background. The image shown here is the unedited picture. I did a lot of work on it – even small things like fixing the eyes of the teddy bear.
We did the shoot the day before Easter, and Jacqueline brought her lovely new yellow Easter dress. (With all the jumping, I’m relieved we are able to keep it clean and neat!)
For these jumping images, I shot her on a blue paper background, to make fitting her into the blue sky a bit easier. Jacqueline’s mom was just to camera left, holding a strong fan, which provided some nice wind movement in her hair and dress. We shot about 30 images of jumping and chose 4 for the final picture.
Jacqueline had come from a soccer game that morning and had a bandage on her knee from the game. We took the bandage off for the pictures and had a bit of editing to do to remove the knee scrape from the images. After the last picture was taken, the bandage went back on. Mom reported that Jacqueline was a star of the soccer game – “I stopped counting after she scored 11 goals.” “Wow!” I exclaimed, “Your team must have won the game, Jacqueline!” This dear sweet girl remarked, very calmly, “We creamed them.”
For the Darien Art Show, I made up a large metal (aluminum) print, 36 inches by 21 inches. Jacqueline and her whole family came to the opening of the show last night. Here she is, next to “Jacqueline’s Dream.”
Thank-you, Jacqueline, for being such a lovely and wonderful model!
Is there a composite image that might be fun to do with your 8-year old – or your child of any age? Or you?
If so, let’s talk!
Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.