Today's blog post is a little behind-the-scenes for you. I shared the process of this spring blossom idea on my Instagram story and I received a heap of messages about it so I thought I'd write a proper post on it. I've photographed this beautiful family each year in the blossom since 2016 and I wanted to do something a little different this year.
I had the idea to create a blossom frame to shoot through which would maximise the effect of the blossom for the portraits. By holding the frame of blossom up in front of my camera it created beautiful out-of-focus 'bokeh' to the edge of my images. I love finding foreground elements to shoot through in my imagery as it creates the feeling of looking in on a moment. By shooting through this blossom it also helped block out distracting elements at the location we were shooting at.
I actually had Matt hold the blossom frame up for me most of the time to make it easier for me to shoot with my camera. And I shot with and without this blossom frame during the shoot because I didn't want every image to have the framing, but it was certainly fun to do something a little creative!
Sadly the blossom didn't last long after the shoot but it was super easy to make. We spray painted a bit of cardboard white, cut a hole in it and then I arranged twigs of blossom around the aperture like a wreath, poking the ends of the twigs through the cardboard and using a few cable ties to keep it all in place.