Building a Dreamcatcher Newborn Photo

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.

Blog by San Angelo newborn photographer showcasing some of the post-production process that goes into making a composite dreamcatcher image with a newborn.
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:

Blog by San Angelo newborn photographer showcasing some of the post-production process that goes into making a composite dreamcatcher image with a newborn.

 

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