You see a plain sheet of paper but your child? It is a whole world of possibilities. One of my favorite books is ‘Harold and The Purple Crayon’. I love how he draws himself into his imagination and takes us for a ride. Why can’t our own kids get to experience that as well? They can and what a cute DIY backdrop: Unique, just for the child.
My child ponder that same question and asked if she could draw on my white backdrop. Uh, NO…. that would cost me a small fortune but I did have an idea. I had her draw her ideas on simple white paper and we scanned them in. From there I set up the studio in a high key set up. All we needed now was a few props and most importantly, the kiddo who wanted to play and play she did! She got to put on her props (some we had, some she made) and played in front of the camera. I caught the true joy of her playtime and when we were done … she got to see the magic of her imagination AND creativity come to life! THAT is what I LOVE to do… childhood is such a short time in our lives and if I can give a child something magical and the parents something concrete to remember that day and time in their child’s life, well … I call that a win win, don’t you?
I have to giggle about this kid and all her facial expressions. I swear she is part Elastic Girl! And how precious is the outer space images? She wanted to go into outer space. Okay .. what do we need? Simple! A cardboard box and scissors to cut out a hole. Of course, not everything goes as planned and we didn’t realize we had a stow away on the shuttle. Uh, yeah … DOG IN SPACE. I don’t think she minded, do you?____________________________________________________
Deborah Chetwood is an award winning, published photographer in Austin, TX who specializes in stylized children's, senior's and glamour photography. To find out more about the artist click HERE.
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