Recently I had the opportunity to create a conceptual fashion portrait. My model for this composite is a friend of mine that I met in a studio lighting class. I remember instantly clicking with her and knowing that I wanted to do projects with her to feed off of her inspiring, creative mind! 😉 But really, she was such a pleasure to work with for this project. I originally wanted to go with a marionette puppet look and place her on the stage in my composite, but I brought other props just in case that idea didn’t work out. I blind-folded her for a few of the images I took and when looking through them in Lightroom, I was more drawn to the blindfolded images than any of my original ideas that I thought I would use.
The location of the composite and two other portraits are inside the Kirkham building auditorium on the BYU-Idaho campus. It was such a pleasure photographing and getting to know my friend better. I definitely owe her for her patience and enthusiasm!
Creating my Conceptual Fashion Portrait composite was a great, new experience for me. I knew that I wanted to try something I never have before in Photoshop. So I looked up how to create a beam of light from nothing and well, here are the results! It’s not perfect and I know there’s a few elements I could make better next time, but for my first try- I feel like it’s pretty decent. I basically created through making three beams of light within each other using curves and then applied a Gaussian blur filter to each. Here is the link to the video I used to learn how to create this beam of light.
In order to make my model appear as if she were sitting in the auditorium seat, I had to select and copy a layer of the seats and place it in front of her to cover her body. In addition to that, in post-production I changed the exposure, color balance, tone curve, contrast, vibrance, sharpness shadows and highlights. I also used artificial lighting to light my model. Both of the images for the Concepual Fashion Portrait were taken with a 85 mm lens. I kept the aperture wide for each of these images, to get both a fading of focus for the seats and a sharp focus on the model’s face. We also rented the gorgeous dress from the BYU-Idaho Theater Department’s Costume Shop.
I have been taking fashion portraits since the beginnings of my photography career and fashion photography is undoubtedly my most favorite type of photography. But since last year, I have been trying my hand at conceptual photography and while I am not a Photoshop wiz, I really do enjoy creating conceptual images!
I hope you enjoy these composites and portraits. Thank you.
Headshots of my model