Recently, a friend contacted me because he wanted to give a special gift to a friend. It was a gift to celebrate the birth of her first child. Here is the original photo I received...
It is such a sweet picture of newborn baby Gabriella. Like all newborns, she had little bit of markings and redness on her face and hands. The first thing I did was take it into Aperture (I am a converted MAC person after 20+ years using PCs with a degree in Computer Science) to clean up the photo which turned out like this...
Now she looks all sweet and peaceful...I bet that's exactly how she felt inside. Now the fun part begins for the artist in me. For this portrait, I really wanted to capture the sweet innocence of the moment. So I began playing with different colorings to enhance the image. I was also excited because I had free reign to do whatever looks wonderful. The client didn't have specific expectations. He just wanted something wonderfully created for a gift. When I work on a photo, I use a combination of actions and manual adjustments. Lately, my favorite actions are Florabella Luxe and Pioneer Woman combinations. Really, I just play until I like what I see and I have a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
|Florabella Luxe action - Pandora|
|Florabella Luxe action - Gypsy|
|Florabella Luxe action - Ruby|
|Pioneer Woman action - combination of Soft and Faded and Vintage|
Here is the final canvas...
|Full front view|
|Name and birthdate embellishment|
|The floral print has a light whispy texture adding to the innocence of the canvas|
|Floral print on side of canvas|
Love and blessings!