As fall comes to a close and winter starts to make an appearance, that’s when I start to think about my own family Holiday cards and pictures.
Last year wanting something different, but not knowing what, I hit Pinterest to get some inspiration.
When I am looking at Pinterest, or anywhere online really, for an image as inspiration I, of course, am not wanting to copy a picture exactly. If a pinned image strikes me, I ask myself what it is that I love. Is it the light? The pose? The location? The prop? Then I use that “thing” in my own image, in a way that’s me.
In this particular case the thing in the image that struck me was the prop. I knew I wanted to make these for a shoot with my 3 daughters.
Following the pin instructions (The only thing this post didn’t mention was how much food colouring to use. I used 20 drops per balloon. Don’t be afraid to use lots) I made these in my kitchen sink and set them outside to freeze over night.
I guess I should have looked at the forecast as it didn’t get much below freezing and there was still water come morning. Not giving up I threw them all in my basement deep freeze only losing one in the process. Yes balloons hold A LOT of water ;)
I used a rainbow of colours for the ice balls and those colours in turn became the inspiration for the rest of the shoot.
A colourful container of Christmas ornaments, a trek through my girls closets to find coordinating outfits, and the perfect holiday cards from Michele at Pinkletoes Photography and I was set!
All I needed now was more snow!
Two weeks later , a couple of inches of snow on the ground and a day that worked for all of us, I set up my scene… In -25C weather. Yikes!! I’d have to get my girls in and out fast!! Fortunately, being older, they usually take direction really well and we were out of the cold in 15 minutes flat!
I was thrilled with the resulting images and my cards!
Now… What should I do next year? Pinterest? Here I come!
Carol Swaitkewich, Winnipeg
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Carol lives just outside of Winnipeg, MB, Canada with her husband of 14 years and their 3 gorgeous girls – 4 if you count their free spirited (read:crazy) dog Ruby. With a love of babies and photography that goes back decades – her mom used to call her Anne Geddes as a teenager – it is fitting that her favourite subjects are newborns. A lover of coffee and earl grey tea lattes, chocolate and wine…well anything unhealthy actually…she often indulges while her nose is stuck in the latest fiction top seller. Carol’s simple equipment line up includes her Canon 5d mark II, the nifty fifty and the 24-70mmL.
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