The making of a composite image in Photoshop

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.

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