As a family, photography plays a huge part of our lives. There isn’t a day goes by when I don’t take a photo of the children, be that a quick snap shot on my iPhone or a more professional shot on the “big camera”, but each and every photo captures a moment in time that one day we will look back on and treasure.
Over the last twelve months, as both Gaz and I discovered a new found love of photography, we realised that there is so much more to photography than simply capturing a moment in time. Because when the girls told us that they wanted to be Anna and Elsa, or Harry was desperate to walk with dinosaurs, when Megan wished to become Thor, and Eva yearned to ride a unicorn, we realised that actually photography can create a moment in time, a wonderful, fairy tale, magical moment, that turns dreams into a reality. And I guess that’s where we came up with the idea of Five Little Doves Photography.
Together, with a mixture of carefully stylised photography and Gaz’s genius like photo shop skills, we have been working on producing unique, custom designed creative photographs where both adults and children can become anything at all they wish to be.
There is so much more to our photography than simply super-imposing a figure, or face, onto a pre-designed background. Every design is completely bespoke and unique, every background is built from scratch starting with nothing more than a basic concept or idea, every element is carefully thought out and crafted in the finest detail, and the actual process, although time consuming, is worth it for the end result.
To give you a better idea of how the process goes, we thought we would take you behind the scenes and show you exactly how much goes into each and every photo. With Harry being obsessed with dinosaurs, and Gaz being a huge fan of Jurassic Park, it was the perfect starting point for our latest photo.
For those who are familiar with Jurassic Park, you will remember the infamous scene where the T-Rex bursts through the enclosure and terrorises the passengers of the automated convoy. As no such background exists, this had to be recreated from scratch. This required a combination of various images to build up the scene, starting with this dirt track.
To create the metal fencing we literally had to build it from scratch, one piece at a time, with scraps of metal, fencing and lights as seen in the following images.
Next up was the job of creating a tropical landscape with just a few images of palm plants and trees, combining and replicating them until the whole area was covered.
Creating the car was a little more difficult as although we had the image of an upturned car, it was not painted in the same colours as the iconic car from the movie. Using the Jurassic Park car as a reference, Gaz had to spray the upturned car in the same design, complete with dinosaur claw marks!
We then added in the dinosaurs – a diplodocus, a couple of escaped velociraptors appearing from the bushes and the star of the photo, a roaring T-Rex!
We then added in a few more elements such as the track for the car and the Jurassic Park sign, another nod to the film.
And then came the hardest part, how to photograph Harry! With him being just three it would be impossible to get him to pose in the right position for this scene in one shot, so this was done in three stages. The first was of him running, the second of him screaming and the third was holding up the signal flare….or in this case a rolling pin!!
We then combined the three shots to create the final pose.
Once that was done he then needed to be dressed in the right way for the scene – his shirt changed to blue, a neckerchief, hat and sturdy boots – to recreate the look of Sam Neill’s character from the movie.
Once the scene is created, it all comes down to using a variety of techniques to colour match and blend everything together. Additionally the photo needs the correct lighting, in this case moonlight, and the signal flare with the smoke billowing out. And after all of that hard work, the finished result was pretty spectacular, even if I do say so myself!!