June 2021 // The Children Edition

How I Got the Shot | Barbara Macferrin

I love creating fine art portraiture. For better or worse, I don’t usually visualize a final portrait ahead of time, or have an exact idea of what I want to create. Most of the magic just happens in the moment as I’m shooting, then I make the image come to life in Photoshop. I’m inspired by the paintings of the Old Masters, and I always wished I could paint like they did. But since I am not that talented of a painter, the next best thing is to “paint” in Photoshop. This image was taken during one of my fine art workshops. I wanted to create visual interest with the color of the green dress complementing Alex’s red hair, then bringing the color red again into the books that were in her lap.

PREPARATION

I hired my hair/makeup artist, Theresa, to create a nice sweep with a side braid and a bun. The only makeup applied was mascara to bring out her lashes and some clear lip gloss. The dress is made by Trish Scully—a jewel-green color with a delicate floral embroidered pattern throughout. I chose this dress to complement her red hair and fair complexion.

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