I normally don't show what goes into creating a composite fine art photography piece because I don't want to take away from the magic of it but I thought I would fill you all in to the work that goes into it.
Ok, so I really wanted to showcase a milestone in my daughters life while she was at this age of loving princesses and having long hair down to her waist. I had imagined Rapunzel sitting on the ledge of her castle window with her pet chameleon. I didn't have a castle to photograph her on, especially here in McAllen or really the entire scene. The whole thing needed to be created from scratch. So I went into my backyard and saw the tree house part of her swing set. Light bulb!! All these ideas flowed into my mind of how to create this scene. I went into my prop stash and picked out florals and greenery. Next, I braided her hair with ribbon and flowers. The problem was that her hair wasn't long enough, I didn't have a chameleon, or a castle. This is where I new I would have to composite some images in during post production. Oh photoshop!....the relationship we have,... is love-hate! That's another story.
Anyway, I researched some stock images online that I could use and studied how the light fell on the them. That way they would fit into my scene with the correct lighting. I also photographed her hair in several different ways so that I could composite several pieces to add length at the end.
Overall an image like this takes methodical planning and hours and hours of post production time on the computer. It's not just a photograph, it's a piece of art. The final product will be printed on fine art giclee paper, with hand torn and painted edges and framed.