A fantasy session takes time to pull together. It starts with a consultation, where we discuss the look and concept for your fine art portrait. Then, either the client or I put together the wardrobe. In this case, Stephanie's mother pulled together the wardrobe. During the consultation we discussed the kind of clothing that would work best, the best makeup and hair, and the props. I had the bow, but Stephanie's mother also bought one.
So while my client was searching for the perfect wardrobe and ordering it, I was planning how I was going to create the background and light the image. For some images, I build a set or use a backdrop. For others, I digitally create a background. I piece together different elements, plan how I'll lay them out, how I'll pose the client, etc. Planning the lighting is important, too because it has to work with the background that I create.
Doing the background planning and work made the session and retouching go smoothly. The session lasted no longer than an hour and the final image took about 16 hours to finish. The background building is not figured into the finish time as that was done ahead of time in the month prior.
The point of creating the background early and planning ahead is that the client only had to wait a few days before their finished image was ready.
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