The Making of Rosa by the Mirror

I had a great time with Rosa creating this image!

Rosa and I got together and talked about creating a romantic image for her home. We talked about finding the right dress for the shoot.  So she and I went on a hunt over the next few weeks texting each other dresses that we found in boutiques and designer stores.  I even went to My Sister's Closet hoping someone had given life to a dress that might have been wasting a way in a closet.....but no luck.

I was walking through Scottsdale Fashion Square and saw this dress in the window.  With out hesitation I sent Rosa a photo of the dress and she loved it. I bought it!

We scheduled a time for the shoot and I showed up at her place with all of my photo equipment.  I set up my lights as she finished her makeup.  She went into the bathroom and slipped on the dress and she came out looking so stunning!  

We started to shoot images in front of her mirror, by a column and on her bed.  The images were stunning and she moved so beautifully from pose to pose - she is a natural.

I narrowed the images down to the final selection and we picked two - one on her bed and one in front of the mirror.

I went back to my office and started working on the two images- Once I had them edited to my satisfaction I started to sketch the images.  I always sketch my work before I paint it.  I used two different painting techniques on the images - the one on the bed I used brushstrokes as opposed to the image in the mirror I painted with pointillism - tiny dots of paint that together show the image from a distance but up close all you see are different colors of paint.

I love the French Impressionists and this image was in that style.  Love the Painting!

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