New Conceptual Portrait – Flower Child

Here it is – our latest conceptual portrait. Following in the style of Paper Airplanes, Dock Jumper, and Butterfly Girl, we’re excited to release the latest and greatest in our series of personal work.

The landscape may look familiar from our trip to California earlier this year – the dramatic views of the west coast definitely served as inspiration for this picture. Make sure to head over to our website and see the image full size. Also, keep reading for behind the scenes photos & insight into how this newest image came together…

Earlier this year when Chris and I were traveling Route 1 in California, we shot a handful of landscapes knowing that some would stand on their own as photos, while a few others held different possibilities, serving as both backgrounds and sources of inspiration for new personal portraits.

This particular photo, from just north of San Luis Obispo was one of the first landscapes we made in California.

Months after shooting the original photo, we imagined a concept and a portrait that would pair with the natural beauty of the California coast perfectly. The field of wildflowers ultimately inspired Chris to continue the flowers from the background to the subject, pairing our model with the natural beauty of her flower crown and bouquet.

We couldn’t have asked for better support in making this photo. Many thanks to the talented Wendy Oswald Kinney for wardrobe and prop styling and Tanja Hudson for her work with our model’s hair.

Also a big thank you to Cara Anderson for the behind the scenes shots from our studio.

Questions? Thoughts? Leave us a comment here and let us know what you think of our newest image. Also keep up with @crismanphoto on twitter for the latest and greatest updates.

9 replies to “New Conceptual Portrait – Flower Child”

  1. Beautiful image! I do have a few questions: 1) Was there any technical considerations with perspective between the background and the subject? Since the BG was shot months before the subject, just wanted to know if things like tripod height and distances came into play or the subject was placed based on where she looked best. 2) What is the type of B/G that you are using for the subject? 3) For the lighting, the Octabank (pointed at subject) is used for the key light and the Octabank above B/G is being used for rim light? Did you use other lights or just the 2? Thanks so much for sharing…the image is awesome!

  2. Hey Joe,

    Thanks for the questions! Since we’re working with a forced perspective where our subject is cropped in the frame and does not have to appear grounded (with a shadow) in the photo, that allows us to move the subject around to where she fits visually in the composition best. Most importantly, we had to keep the feel of the light similar, hence the rim light you noticed in the behind the scenes shot (there is also a fill light out of frame).

    Hope these answer your questions!

  3. This is fantastic!

    I’ve noticed a lot of Chris’s work is cropped to different aspect ratios, is this a predetermined decision for a certain paper size or is it just down to what fits the image?

  4. Thanks for the response and taking the time to answer the questions…makes sense! Also just wanted to know what material on the B/G you’re using to shoot the subject.

  5. Just came across your blog and wanted to say thank you for sharing your artwork and background info. Images like these, and those printed images on the back wall of the studio photo above, inspire fellow photographers to new technical and artistic heights.

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