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Photoshop composites for safety and creativity
 

The age of digital photography is truly wonderful, the memories I can capture for my lovely clients is limited only by my imagination. I love creating something unique and wonderful for my clients as well as for myself with my own family (more about that in a later blog post).

 

A lot of hard work goes into every newborn photography session that takes place at Secret Smile HQ. From prepping the studio, choosing the props and colour palette, making sure the kettle is on and the refreshments well stocked to planning the session and getting the props ready for my lovely clients to arrive. After baby and their family have arrived and baby has fed it's time for me to work my magic. Soothing and settling baby for each pose and prop takes time and experience not to mention patience. Some poses and props require more photoshop wizardry than others and this image of gorgeous baby Reid is the perfect example to share the photoshop composite secrets with you.

 

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Reid's Daddy loved the flatcap and we didn't get a chance to use this amazing prop with Reid's big brother's newborn photography shoot a few years previous so it was a must for Reid's session. I envisaged a simple image of Reid in the wheelbarrow wearing the flatcap but once I got round to editing the images something more creative came to mind. Here is the starting image from the actual session:

 

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I liked the image as it was and I obviously need to remove my hand from the image which was supporting Reid's head because newborn safety is paramount in newborn photography! All the props are weighted to stop them toppling and babies are never left in props unsupported. I removed my supporting hand and tidied the image up but I felt it was just lacking the creativity to really pop so I headed back to the studio to create a little set that I could use for a composite image, here is the set image I took:

 

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After a considerable amount of time in Photoshop using various different techniques I created a portrait I absolutely love (and so do Reid's parents) which is entirely unique. Here is the final image:

 

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Composite images, the art of merging 2 or more images together to complete a portrait is something that is integral to my work at Secret Smile Photography, not only does the technique allow me to create beautiful, timeless and unique pieces of art for my lovely clients but it also allows me to create them SAFELY.

 

If you are new to newborn photography and not sure how images like this are created safely, please do look into getting some training and joining BANPAS which is an organisation that aims to promote safe newborn posing and has an amazing array of safety videos and tutorials for members. BANPAS for parents, there is a directory that you can access to see if newborn photographers in your area are members of BANPAS to help you make an informed decision about your newborn photographer.

 

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post.

 

Love, Lisa x
 
 
 
 

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