I have been involved with most parts of the portrait photography business my whole career. I spent many years working with different studios holding virtually every position possible. Marketing, Production, Graphic Design, Customer Service, Color Correction but my favorite was Retoucher. I absolutely love the idea of creating something fantastic from my computer. Most of my job was retouching pimples from teenagers faces, but sometimes I got wonderfully creative projects. I was rarely asked if something was possible, just expected to make it possible.
Becoming a Mother has afforded me a permanent on-call model for all of my wild ideas. My brain thinks "baby doing yoga" and only a few days later I found myself in a friends studio making it possible (Thank You Michelle @ Nixon Photography, www.nixonphotography.com). For this shot I used at least 8 different images of Grayvin and composited them into one image. It took me around 4 hours to complete. At this point in his development (5 mo) he couldn't stand or even sit up on his own.
My baby Spartan photo was inspired from an image a friend did of her cat many years ago. The cat wore a red cape and had a stormy background. It was wonderful. So when Grayvin was born I knew I had to make him into a Spartan Warrior!!! I sewed a cape, wrist and leg bracers. I made a talon necklace and found a shield and spear on Amazon.com. This image is 98% photographed in my studio and 2% cloudy stock art. Those wonderful Greek abs are the real deal! Well sort of... it took very little convincing to call in a favor from Megan @ Pinned Up (www.updotoyou.com). She was gracious enough to air brush abs on my little 8 month old. AMAZING! This took about 3 hours of Photoshop work to complete.