Día de Muertos

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebration of loved ones who have passed on, a time when family comes together to remember our loved ones and honour the...
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Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebration of loved ones who have passed on, a time when family comes together to remember our loved ones and honour them. With his many ancestors watching over this little guy and protecting him, we celebrate them.

The sugar skull was painted on in Photoshop :)
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4 Comments | Report
saboytjie March 14, 2018
Doen n "BTL" van die foto, dit beteken behind the lens beskrywing, jy sal meer hits kry...
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SteBil30 October 13, 2018
CONGRATULATIONS, on being the winner of my COSPLAY challenge. I can't believe someone took the time to do the makeup and that the baby was still enough. GREAT creativity. THANKS for joining my COSPLAY challenge. It was a pleasure selecting this image.
TanyaRDS January 27, 2019
Thanx SteBil, the facepaint was done in Photoshop :D
laurenkaymyers January 28, 2019
This is such a cool photo. So creative!
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ClaritaBethCanlasMiller July 27, 2022
funny, you make me laugh, nicely done
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Behind The Lens

I took this photo in the family's home during their son's newborn photoshoot. I do all my newborn shoots at the family's home so that they are more comfortable during the shoot. I bring along a bunch of props and can get quite creative with the new trend of digital backgrounds newborn photographers are using now a days.
It was around about noon (12pm), using a window as my primary light source. Although through the editing it looks like much darker light. I had the baby on a black fabric background on a newborn posing beanbag. The light was plentiful and quite even.
Purely natural light through a window (not direct light) Through the darkening of the background and added editing it gives it a much moodier look than the actual light that was coming through the window. I prefer to not use artificial light on children, just a person preference, because I love how soft natural light is.
I used a Canon 6D mk2 and 35mm f2 lens. Mom was holding baby (baby's safety is always more important than the photo) so I edited out her had as well. No tripod or flash used. I used Lightroom and Photoshop for my editing.
Baby's parents are very alternative. He's nursery has got sugar skull and all sorts of skulls as decor, even a skulls mural on the wall. Mom was looking for a photographer to capture a more alternative style newborn shoot and a few people recommended me. We spoke and she asked if I could send her through some ideas which I did, but I didn't include the idea of making a sugar skull look on the baby through editing, because I didn't know if it would be possible for me to do it. We did the shoot with the other plans and the one shot of the baby resting on the ornamental skull (which belongs to his Mom, she has a collection) was the perfect one to try out for my idea. So I did it and they absolutely loved it. Because of the meaning behind the Dia de Muertos celebration and the fact that the family had lost parents and a brother, this image paid homage to the family who have passed on, while celebrating the new life entering the family.
There was so much post processing on this image, I think in total I spent 10 hours on it. I first edited the base of the image, taking mom's hand out the pic and making the background pitch black. I took a days break and then began the sugar skull edit which is time consuming, but totally worth it as it looks very realistic and I've had many people thinking we painted the baby's face (btw don't paint a baby's face hahaha it's not good for them). I took the hat from on of the photos with baby and dad and edited the hat and flowers onto baby as well to finish off the Dia de Muertos feel of the photo.
In my camera bag
I work almost exclusively with my 35mm and have a 6D mk2 and 7D in my bag :) I also have a 10-22mm and a 50mm f1.8
Patience, art isn't created in 10 minutes. Take brakes, sleep on it and come back refreshed to create magic. Create images you are excited about, if you are excited then your clients will be excited too. This shoot was quite challenging and different from my usual, but it is so much more me with the creativity. I sport a sugar skull tattoo on my left arm. It was something I am passionate about, and that's why it worked so well.

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