12 Apr San Jose Fine Art Flowerbath Photographer | Dutch Masters Inspiration
Since we’re coming up on half a year since I did this amazing shoot, I figured it was about time to blog it :). With this flowerbath shoot I was aiming for an autumn type feel (yep, and I didn’t publish it until spring. That’s just how I roll I guess). I wanted to go for something a little bit different than multi-colored leaves or pumpkins, so I turned to other fine art artists for inspiration. This time I went a fair bit back in history to the “Dutch Masters“. For those who aren’t familiar, that’s a term referring to Dutch painters in the 17th century. Usually when I think of that style, I most often envision their still lifes – in particular, the contrast of a dark background with deep, colorful foreground. This particular combo, plus the beauty of a combination of jewel tones, is what informed this shoot. I was planning and dreaming about it while in Houston with my sister’s family for Thanksgiving, and you can bet that on black Friday I went to their local Hobby Lobby and nearly bought out the entire place. I bought gold branches and burgundy and deep blue peonies. It was all I could do not to get peacock feathers, I was so excited. I ended up incorporating real pomegranates, and the vision really came together. At some point, it took on a life of it’s own, and something about the gold crown and white dress gave it almost a Grecian flair. My model was my good friend and fellow photographer Ellie, while makeup was done by Talie.
I am so enthralled with how my fall flowerbath shoot came together – I hope you all love it as much as I do :).