the feeling of fragrance | soap

It's time for the next edition of my The Feeling of Fragrance series, where I show you the final image that was included in my collection, then share some of the other options and talk about the stories behind the images. Today I'm sharing more shots from my "Soap" portrait. Here is the image from the show:

Of all the portraits in this project, "Soap" was the most labour-intensive, but man I loved every single moment! I always knew I wanted to create a portrait that embodied the heady, clean scent and playful feeling of a bubble bath. From the beginning, I envisioned layers of pastel tones and when I found this pink, pearl-covered cardigan at an antique mall in Wisconsin, my vision for the portrait suddenly sharpened. By pairing the sweater with a frothy skirt, I'd have the dreamy outfit that this portrait required. The main problem was that I couldn't find a multi-hued skirt anywhere, and I didn't know how to sew. I had decided to just buy some tulle anyway and break out my glue gun (my family's version of a needle and thread) when two of my friends, Christina and Courtney, offered to help out. They showed me how to use a sewing machine and helped me start the skirt. Lo and behold, I kept at it and somehow produced an approximation of a tutu!

I found the beautiful model for this portrait, Meredith, on instagram! I really don't remember how I first came across her account but once I did, I thought she would be perfect for this photo.  I reached out to her and she agreed to make her modelling debut for my project. She is a very talented photographer, so please take a moment to check out her lovely work if you have a chance! She and her mother, Heather, travelled to Toronto to be part of this project and I am immensely grateful for their time and assistance.

I location scouted extensively for this shoot, as finding the perfect backdrop to show off both bubbles and a tulle skirt was tricky. I had narrowed it down to a half dozen backdrops, most of which we tested (see below) and found wanting due to lack of contrast, weird texture or less than ideal light.

Finally, we found the perfect backdrop!

Once we found it, we tested out the small bubble maker. Heather, I appreciate your assistance as bubble machine technician that day!

We also tested the large bubble wand:

From the beginning,  I planned for "Soap" to be a composite image, as I wanted as many bubbles in the photo as possible. In the end, the portrait is composed of elements from nine different images! In the process of photographing Meredith from many vantage points to create lots of options, we produced some really pretty pictures of her. I couldn't believe it was her first time modelling. Her poise and grace were really impressive.

We had a lot of fun with the bubble wand

After I decided we'd collected the shots  I'd need to create the composite image, we played around in the alleys to create a few more images for Meredith and Heather.

I absolutely love photographing mothers and daughters together, and it was so great to see the love and friendship between these remarkable ladies. Meredith and Heather, thank you so much for being part of my project. It meant the world to me to have you involved!