Composites can be a challenge but any highly skilled photographer can create them with the right steps and tools! Here is an image of an adorable little girl with Santa photographed during one of our Santa’s Workshop sessions a few years back. The photo shows a sweet little girl sitting in Santa’s chair with Santa. No one would think for a second that this little girl did not want to go near Santa, right?
Here is how the above image is created….We take the little girl out to the lobby and we photograph Santa alone with the chair. Then we hide Santa so the little girl thinks he is gone and then we put the girl in the chair alone and photograph her. In photoshop processing we composite the two images together to create the image of Santa and the little girl in the same image.
In reality this is how the sweet little girl thought about sitting with Santa. At the very end of the session, the mom agreed to have the little girl sit on Santa’s lap so we could get an image of exactly how the little girl felt about Santa at this time of her life. The mother was happy to say that she has an image just like this of herself when she was a child! My client was happy!
Because most of our session is considered “interactive” in nature we are able to photograph even the most shy children as long as we can get them on the set by simply using strategic angles on special 3 dimensional workshop set! We did accomplish this with our shy little girl above. See a couple of the resulting sweet shots of her with Santa below!
We have to remember that each and every child is different and of all the hundreds of children that we have photographed over the years in our Santa’s Workshop sessions we have only had a few children that will not go near Santa but will at least play with the fun props on the set and usually that is all we need to get it done! We have only had one child who would not go on the set at all and we proceeded with removing Santa from the studio set and photographing the child with her parents. They were very happy to get photos of themselves with their little girl and I’m sure in future years they’ll all have a great laugh about how their sweet girl would not go onto the set with Santa!
Check back for future posts that will show a little more about our strategic shooting on our 3 dimensional set as well as suggestions on the types of outfits that look best on our set!
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We are booking our 2016 Santa’s Workshop Fine Art sessions at this time! To book your session head to our online booking tool here:
Be sure to select the desired session type and date of Saturday, November 5th to see and book the available times! These sessions book out every year so please be sure to book early if you’d like to create some very special memories for your children!
We have included low resolution images shot at our studio her for this example on composites. To see samples and get more info on the Santa’s Workshop Fine Art pieces we will be creating at this year’s Santa’s Workshop session please take a peek on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/LindaHawkinsPhotographyllc/?fref=nf