Lately I’ve been experimenting by using composite photos for my lifestyle photography work. I’ve long been inspired by some of the great classic movies that mastered the dissolve technique, decades before digital post-production was available.
And always looking for new locations to practice, a landowner gave me access to his picturesque Christmas tree farm, complete with rolling hills, barns, a pond, and a stone farm house. Add in two fantastic models and it was the real deal, and I was stoked!
I even had the opportunity to scout this scenic tree farm a day before the shoot. This allowed me to study the sun angles, select my lenses, and pre-visualize the compositions and the model’s poses and actions. I now had the information to design accurate story boards.
Rather than use composites to create an alternate reality, this time I wanted to compliment an authentic story of a couple and their relationship together.
Throughout the day, I used a combination of studio strobes, scrims, and reflectors. In post-production I chose two images in which to make the gradual transition from one image to another.
Below are some more of the selects that were made that day.
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