One of the props I have in my studio that I really love to use is my dreamcatcher. Those soft cascading feathers and snuggly little nest in the hoops of the dreamcatcher just make for a gorgeous image. I only have the one, so I like to change it up some. This image actually takes a lot of post production work. I’d say that I probably average a couple of hours on the single image. It’s a composite, which for those of you who are not familiar with the term, means that it is made from several images put together. I do NOT hang the baby in the dream catcher – I don’t think that compromising the baby’s safety is worth an image, however amazing it might turn out to be.
I decided to put together this blog to kind of show the behind the scenes that goes into making one of these images. As I said, I only have the one dreamcatcher, so I use it as a base and then change it up. My original was white. For this example, I pinned grey feathers to the hoops on top of the white feathers- this gave it lots of full fluffiness, and then I pulled from the color of the feathers in post production to make the whole dreamcatcher grey.
During the session, I take a photo of the baby up close in the prop (on a steady surface) that I can take the baby “out” of and place into the dreamcatcher, sizing it to fit proportionally into the dreamcatcher ( a newborn typically takes up most of the base, but of course they vary in size a bit), and then continue with my normal editing process. Here is a final edit of this particular dreamcatcher image: