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Alwolfe April 18, 2018
What a great photo. It is magical!
AbbyMathison April 18, 2018
Thank you!
simonparry April 18, 2018
Super shot...
AbbyMathison April 22, 2018
Thank you!
vintagefemme April 20, 2018
Love Alice in Wonderland! This such a cute innocent take on it, kind of a Winnie the Pooh take on it.
AbbyMathison April 22, 2018
Thank you!
John256 April 20, 2018
Wonderful image, so magical.
AbbyMathison April 22, 2018
Thank you!
JM18Photography April 21, 2018
AbbyMathison April 22, 2018
Thank you!
shutterbug63 July 08, 2018
great shot

Alice in Wonderland

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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in the mountains outside Park City Utah.
This was shot in the morning, maybe 30 minutes after sunrise.
The subject was backlight and I didn't want to blow out the background but still wanted it to have a nice little glow so I used an Ice Light to light her face from the right hand side of the image. The Ice Light was perfect for this image because it could be handheld to maneuver in and around the trees with ease and gave just enough light to properly light her face while still keeping a nice glow in the background. We also had to hike up the mountain a bit to get there so having lightweight, highly portable lighting was nice.
I used my Canon Mark iii camera body and my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens. There wasn't a lot of room to move around the trees so having a lens I could get closer to her with was essential.
This was a product shot was taken for the dress designer's fall catalogue. We had the Alice in Wonderland set up there and since this girl is so young and wearing sweet little Sew Trendy Accessories gown I thought it would be cute to have her having serving the white rabbit tea. The pose struck me as innocent and childlike similar to the styling of the dress.
White balance can be difficult to get right when you're shooting portraits in the forest. The light filters through the trees and ends up quite green/yellow on the subject. I spent a bit of time adjusting the raw image to get her skin tones right. Then I took it into Photoshop to do the creative editing. I wanted it to have a soft, dreamy glow about it. Alice in Wonderland is a highly imaginative and dream like tale. I wanted that to come across in the processing of this image.
In my camera bag
I always carry my Canon mark iii camera body, 24-70mm f/2.8L lens, 270-200mm f/2.8L lens, 50mm 1.4 lens, Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens, flash, Ice Light, and large reflector. I find that basic set up can handle almost any image I would care to shoot. I have a few other more specialty type lenses and equipment I throw in on occasion if I'm planning specific shots or am bored and need to switch things up.
For this kind of shot planning is key. It's not something that just happens in the moment. It was highly styled and completely thought out before we got to the location. Once we were there and set up I worked with the model to gauge what she was comfortable with and capable of as the shoot progressed. As the shoot went on I took cues from the model, the dress, the set up and input from the designer to pose and shoot in a way that told the story the dress designer wanted to tell. I think we really succeeded in telling that story in this image!

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