February 2013


:: When The Toys Come To Life…

This is my re-creation of a photo concept that I had seen done before and wanted to take it and put my own spin on it. I wanted to make it a more whimsical feeling of magic to the scene portraying that the child’s imagination is running wild and is bringing the story to life.

Some of the components in the scene like the chair, cabinet and lamp were reused from the original photo.  This is more of a composition project with elements being photographed individually like the room, floor, play chest, drawer panels, baseboard and then integrated each one into the photo one by one to build the environment. Other elements were taken from stock photos and finally the characters were taken from rendered wallpapers to give it a more animated feel. I didn’t want to go too dark with the characters coming out of the shadows because I didn’t want to create a creepy “child’s play” effect. Lol I don’t want to traumatize her just yet. The photo of Savannah was taken with the softbox angled up at 45 degrees to to emulate the light source emitted from the book and the rest of the smoke, mist, flares & character shadows were created in post production.

Overall I’m quite happy with the final image and hope that it looks believable and portrays the feel that I was trying to create!



:: It Takes Tutu To Tango…

While travelling in Mexico my wife and I came across this cute little shop that sells hand stitched tutus for children that were absolutely adorable. The craftsmanship and attention to detail was so amazing and we got to meet the little old lady that makes them. After trying on almost every tutu in the shop, we ended up buying 2 for Savannah. Every little girl wants to be a ballerina or a princess at some stage in her life and with a tutu like that who would blame them?!