Simple Vintage Portrait Composite

This model was quiet and sweet spirited. She had an old world air to her and when I photographed her for head shots, I imagined a floral, vintage style portrait. These are the images I used to create the composite of Chynna

The final image.

The final image.

breeze pics Bernadette Meyers, photographer Sydney

I used a soft box behind the model to create a pure white background and also to give lovely backlighting. Then another soft box to light her face as well as three silver reflectors so that she received as much bounced light as possible.

breeze pics Bernadette Meyers, photographer Sydney

The buttercup image was taken with a 105mm macro lens using a wide aperture. I allowed some of the flowers to touch the lens to give soft shapes in the foreground. 

I used this wallpaper shot to add a bit of texture.

breeze pics Bernadette Meyers, photographer Sydney

THE PHOTOSHOP PROCESS

1. I lightened the shadows and reduced both contrast and saturation in the portrait.

2. Added a sepia film gradient map to the image to compliment her hair colour.

3. Black and white layer in soft light blend mode at about 30% opacity, blended to only affect the highlights - this was to give her skin a milky appearance and add some contrast back into the eyes.

4. Buttercup image in multiply blend mode, masked off the face.

5. Changed the hue-saturation to warm up and desaturate the buttercup photo, then added a sepia gradient map to tone in with the portrait.

6. I felt the image was a bit too smooth for the vintage feel I was trying to create, so tried a few photos of lace overlaid, trying to mirror the lace in her top. It didn't work, I thought it looked too contrived, so I opted for some old wallpaper.

7. Wallpaper layer in soft light blend mode at about 30% opacity, masked off the face and some of the background.