Every once in a while when I am editing a set of images, inspiration will come to me. The child will be in the perfect pose and I will have the right photograph on hand to make magic happen. In my imagination, little faeries fly around the forest on magical little hummingbirds. They birds actually stop fluttering for a moment, just long enough for me to take a photograph. In real life, hummingbirds are incredibly difficult to photograph and you have to set your camera to ultra high speed sports settings, and you normally have to chase a hummingbird around a garden in order to try and catch a glimpse of it. I imagine, in real life true faeries can be hard to capture with a lens. Luckily, I have a magical Fairytale Lens in my Nikon Camera bag. Its normally known as the 85.. portrait lens and its my favorite, therefore I have infused it with magical faerie charms in order to make it quite easy to capture little girls who have been temporarily transformed into a fairy on one of my fairy photo shoots.
We walked to a peaceful spot by the river in Aptos for this photo shoot. The little girl was quite excited to put on my fairy wings and play "make believe I'm a fairy".
She sat on a log next to the river. Grandma was holding her hand and mom was behind me smiling in order to make her feel more comfortable. She got to hold one of my magical fairytale props (a large glass jewel) which is easy to add in sparkles later in editing. The sunlight sparkled onto the iridescent wings.
Grandma had decided to have a fairy photo shoot of her granddaughter, but when I realized I had mom and daughter together, couldnt resist a few mother daughter images for grandma and mom to have. As moms, we dont always end up in that many photographs and having photographs taken of you and your daughter when they are young is such a precious memory to look back on once they are older. (Ive got 2 little daughters, and make it a point to have a professional photographer other than myself capture us at least once a year) .. mother daughter portraits are classic. This next year I am looking into some matching gowns for mothers and daughter to wear together. I had matching mother daughter mermaid tails last summer and it was so much fun for the little girls to see their moms dressed up as mermaids, I think it would be just as beautiful to have mother daughter faeries!
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