Fairytale Portraiture: Belle's Library

As a member of an online group of Disney enthusiasts, one morning I casually dropped a link to my website on a discussion thread for people who create and craft Disney-themed art;  I received messages from several people who were interested in a custom Lauren Bee Fine Art piece of their own, and Miss Belle's mom, Meg, was one of those folks, very keen on securing her spot in my booking calendar.

But at the time I was living in Alabama, and when I discovered Meg and Belle lived in Florida, I was crestfallen, thinking there was no way I'd be able to do the session for her -- but then I had a fantastic idea!  I asked Meg if she'd be willing to wait until October, when my husband and I were planning to be in Orlando anyway, thus saving her my travel fees.  I even suggested the possibility of doing Belle's session there on Disney World property, since that's where I'd be staying.  Not only was Meg agreeable to the postponed session date, but she had an even more fantastic idea for me:  what if we did the session there in the Magic Kingdom?  I explained to her that this would bump up the price ofher session, to include the cost of park tickets (which I hadn't budgeted for).  

That's when Meg said the sweetest words any Disney lover's ears can hear:  no problem, I can get us all in for free;  my husband works for Disney.

See?  I told you I have the best clients on earth!

No only was Belle's photo session perfect in every possible way -- perfect weather, perfect dress, perfect l'il model -- the resulting Lauren Bee Fine Art edit turned out splendidly!

To date, this is my most complex Fine Art edit, spanning several hours over several weeks, the visual "ingredients" having been photographed in three states, and the image itself encompassing more than 60 layers -- each element had its own shadows and lighting sources, painstakingly hand-painted for added realism.  But more than the mere technical details, this piece is chock-full of added bits that are important to my clients (not just to the story of "Beauty and the Beast").  I was sure to capture the details of the classic, beloved fairytale, while also paying homage to the most important people in little Belle's life:  her parents, symbolized as the twin candle flames giving light to the interior of the room, and her sister Aurora (symbolized as the rose on the white chair).


Enjoy this speed edit video of the fine art creation process (below):

Edited by http://www.laurenbee.com in Adobe Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CC by Lauren Bee: located in Inverness, FL; serving Orlando, Tampa Bay, and Central Florida; custom commissions available worldwide

Model: Belle G.

Dress: Prima Fashions

Music: "Brandenburg Concerto No4-1 BWV1049 - Classical Whimsical by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-... Artist: http://incompetech.com/