I fancied trying something a bit different for our Christmas card this year. I hadn’t finished working with the photos from a winter model shoot either, so I decided to use one as a base for this composite image created in Photoshop.
My lovely model was Sonali Gupta, former Miss Teen Coventry. Despite it being a cold drizzly January day, she was still game for standing in the park while I photographed her. The dress is one I bought at the Royal Shakespeare Company costume sale a few years ago. I was drawn to its beautiful pale grey blue colour and the vaguely pre-Raphaelite style. I think it was one of the last dresses left as it’s very petite. But it fitted Sonali perfectly.
I haven’t changed the moon at all. It’s naturally that lovely red colour because I photographed it during a lunar eclipse a few years ago.
And the landscape is a mixture of various parks and castles I’ve visited over the years with a few fakes stars added to the sky.
If you want a better idea of how it all fitted together, I screen captured what I did and sped it up a little (actually a lot because it took some time to get everything to fit together realistically – composites usually take a fair bit of effort to get right):
If you’d like your portrait created in a similar style, do get in touch and we can discuss ideas.