Week 18: 52 Week Creative Photo Challenge

Week 18 taught me that I NEVER, EVER want to be a painter. I had to paint (digitally, but still a lot) for this project. My challenge for Week 18 was to create photographs reminiscent of Impressionist paintings. To do this, I had local hairstylist Anji Gray model with her handsome baby boy in their home.

Impressionism is all about capturing the mood and feeling of what is in front of you at the time of the creation of the artwork. I used natural light coming in through a window, and a reflector held by my assistant to keep true to the look of the environment that I was shooting in. Anji wore soft, flowing pastel gowns and we used her blue-grey wingback chair as a prop. I tried a few different techniques in Photoshop on each image that I created, mostly painting digitally and adding various texturizing Photoshop filters.

Here are a few of my inspiration images:

 Mary Cassat "Mother Berthe Holding Her Baby"

Mary Cassat "Mother Berthe Holding Her Baby"

 Berthe Morisot "Madame Albine Sermicoli in the Studio"

Berthe Morisot "Madame Albine Sermicoli in the Studio"

 Claude Monet "Jean Monet In His Cradle"

Claude Monet "Jean Monet In His Cradle"

And here are my final, edited images:

I would love to know what you think about Week 18! Do you like the painter-inspired week challenges? Should I do more or less of them?  Tell me in the comment section below ;)