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Kunstwerk-Fotoshooting: Schätze der Reisenden | Fotostudio 67117 Limburgerhof | Fine-Art Fotograf Mannheim Ludwigshafen Speyer

for the English version, please click here: http://www.cherylekupschphotography.de/2017/03/creative-family-session-treasures-globetrotting/ Anfang Februar 2017 entschied ich, welche Familie für das kreative Familienshooting Modell stehen sollte. Es hatten sich viele sympathische Familien auf meine Anzeige beworben, sodass ich Schwierigkeiten hatte, mich zu entscheiden. Ich …

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Creative Family Session: The Treasures of Globetrotting

Für eine deutsche Fassung, klicke bitte hier: http://www.cherylekupschphotography.de/2017/03/kunstwerk-fotoshooting-schatze-der-reisenden-fotostudio-67117-limburgerhof-fine-art-fotograf-mannheim-ludwigshafen-speyer/ At the beginning of February, the sample family for a creative family session was chosen. There were so many great families that applied for my call out and it was a hard …

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Family Session: Great Gatsby Theme | Fotostudio 67117 Limburgerhof | Fotograf Mannheim Ludwigshafen Speyer

Happy New Year!

As I’ve mentioned, 2017 is bringing a few changes to my photography business! I am making the leap into creative composites and fine art photography! This was a really hard decision to make since I have loved all
my classic portrait photography clients that have trusted me to do their photographs over the years. But it is the direction of photography that has always fascinated me the most and I am ready to make the leap!

Our personal family photo was another composite this year. The theme chosen was “Great Gatsby”. I wanted to have one formal picture and one scene picture. There were two big problems that presented themselves, I don’t have a Great Gatsby type of location close to me and even if I did, it was almost impossible finding a date that all my grown kids with partners were able to be at a certain location and all at the same time. That meant even if I could rent a location somewhere, I had no idea when, where and what time would work for everyone!

This is the perfect type of situation for a composite. I set up the neutral grey background I have in the studio, and then we just did the session when it worked! And it turned into a super fun evening! Everyone was able to find clothes, hairstyles and get into the right frame of mind for a Great Gatsby session! I love my family!



Like I said, the pictures were taken in front of a neutral grey background in my studio. I searched Shutterstock for the type of background we could use and bought two stock photos to use as the background. With the backgrounds, I could plan where everyone would be placed in the picture. After we all knew what we would be doing and were we would be in the end photo, we could pose accordingly. I took picture of individuals or couples in front of the grey background and used Photoshop to insert us into the new background.

Here are the original pictures and bought stock photos used for the above two final pictures:

And with all the planning done ahead of time, there was also time for lots of goofing around after the pictures were taken!

I have a large lit frame in my entrance hallway that I use for our family pictures, so I ordered our newest picture on backlit film and get to see it all the time as I walk around the house! I took a picture of it to show it off, but of course it is much more impressive in person! Just for reference, the backlit picture is 63 cm x 68 cm (25 x 35 inches) and the second picture on the little cupboard is 20 cm x 30 cm (8 x 12 inches).

I’m really looking forward to being able to focus more on creative composites. A Flickr Album showing a bit more of this type of work can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cheryle_kupsch/albums/72157674157873032

There is also still time to apply to be my model family! I am choosing a family at the end of January! More details are here (in German): http://www.cherylekupschphotography.de/2016/12/familie-als-modell-fur-ein-kreatives-shooting-gesucht-fotostudio-67117-limburgerhof-nahe-mannheim-ludwigshafen-speyer/

Wishing you all the best for 2017!

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Happy Halloween | Fotostudio 67117 Limburgerhof | Fotograf Mannheim Ludwigshafen Speyer

My youngest son loves to be scary right now.
When we were picking out his Halloween costume for this year,
the only thing it had to be was SCARY.

So when his costume was put together,
we decided it would be fun to make some scary pictures to fit his scary look.
I really enjoy spending time with him and experiencing how his brain works.
He has so many good ideas!

Whenever I start a project that I know will be a composite, the first thing I need to know is the theme.
My son, of course, wanted a scary theme.
He wanted to be a monster and that monster should be scary!
He had his costume, so we thought about what we would like to do with it.
We decided we also wanted a carved pumpkin to fit in with the scary Halloween theme.
So the second thing we did was get a pumpkin and carved it out.
The third thing we did was think about what setting we wanted.
We went online and looked at backgrounds on a stock site and decided on the graveyard scene and bought a stock picture
(there are all sorts of sites online that sell stock pictures and these are great to use as digital backgrounds if you don’t have your own supply of the type of background you need!).
Having the background before I actually take the picture is important because I need to know how the light is falling in order to set up the lights in the studio for the picture of the subject.
We decided we wanted two set ups.
One showing the monster in the larger background.
And one showing my son escaping out of his pumpkin jail with a closer up shot concentrating on him.
After getting the shots we needed, I started working in Photoshop combining the pictures.

While working on the first picture, I realized the grave stone we had originally thought he would be leaning against, wouldn’t work the way I wanted it to.
So again, I went on the stock site and found a single grave stone I could use to build into the scene for him to lean against.
By then it was dark, so I lit our pumpkin with a candle and took a picture of it to use for glowing eyes and mouth.
Here is the first picture again, with all the pictures used to create the composite underneath it:

We wanted a close up for the second picture that would show him as a “normal” boy escaping from his pumpkin jail.
I used a section of the same background and photographed him close up, focusing on the pumpkin in his hand.
Then he lay on two little stools in between ladder legs and imagined the triumph he would feel as he made his way out of his jail.
Here is the second picture again with the pictures used to create it underneath it:

It was a fun Saturday with my son and we had lots of good times watching the final picture take shape!

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The Enchanted Forest | Waldfee im Märchenwald | Fotostudio 67117 Limburgerhof | Fotograf Mannheim Ludwigshafen Speyer

Themed sessions are so much fun!
A couple of years ago, I was with my family on a trip to Italy.
I was fascinated with the masks they were selling in a market in Verona.
When I saw the green and gold mask, I knew I had to get it.
Even as I was buying it, I was already envisioning the type of session I wanted to do with it!
Luckily my daughter agreed with my ideas and agreed to model for me when I found the right location.
We returned home from holidays, life got busy….
Then this summer, I was at our neighbors’ and couldn’t keep my eyes off a piece of land behind their house.
They had cleared the brush away between the trees and encouraged the ivy to grow.
The ivy had become a thick carpet that also grew up the trees.
The sun shone through the trees and the little forest transformed into a fairy tale enchanted forest!
I KNEW this was the location I wanted to use for my Italian mask!

And so this week my daughter and I had time to work together to create:

The Forest Fairy in the Enchanted Forest





These pictures can also be viewed in an album on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cheryle_kupsch/albums/72157656932104053

If anyone is interested in a themed session with special effects added during the editing process,
please contact me. You can also find pricing information in German here:
http://www.cherylekupschphotography.de/preise-kunstwerk-shootings/

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