You may remember this beautiful girl as the happy poppet on the back cover of Italian Joy! See last photo.
She is one of my beautiful nieces and this summer we had a little photo fun together. Since my gorgeous girls have grown-up in the blink of an eye I thought it would be fun to call my darling make-up artist friend and have a little gal time.
Eliza is possibly one of the kindest people I know and the minute this little ray of sunshine came into our world she was spreading joy and kindness to all those around her. We all knew she was an old soul from the minute she was born, she had a special way about her that made us think whooo hang on a minute this one’s been here before!
I remember being her age (16) and struggling with how I felt about myself and so much of it was based on what the guys at school said about me. Like I had hairy legs or my eyebrows where too thick etc etc..The repercussions lasted for years.
Being a teenager and having great self esteem isn’t easy so I wanted my girls to have a photo that reflected their incredible beauty that I am sure some days they overlook and instead listen to the comments of others.
So my darling Eliza I could say you are beautiful a million times and it probably wouldn’t have any effect so instead I am showing you what I see. . YOU ARE AMAZING!!
Eliza in Italian Joy taken in 2003 on the left and a little bit of inspiration on the right.
How we took these photos.
1. We laid out hundreds of photos and Eliza chose the kind of hair and make-up she would like which included a beautiful smoky eye. We wanted to make sure she still looked natural so left a nude lip and her beautiful skin fresh.
2. I wanted to create simple portraits so I kept the background neutral so that the photo was all about her beauty.
3. We raided the wardrobes and came up with a little retro look.
4. I used the front room in my sisters home that had really large windows. I made sure she was close to the window and a long way from the back wall so the light fall off would darken the background and she would pop.
5. We raided the garden and added a hibiscus for a little retro Hawaiian inspiration.
6. Eliza did the rest!!
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller