I am so happy to be starting the week off with these images by Arkansas photographer Krista Campbell! They remind me of a dreamy fairy-tale, so magical. The light is just perfect, and could that little girl be any more adorable!? Lovely!
“My sweet girl, some yummy light and an enchanted forest is the way I view happiness. I was so excited when I stumbled upon this hidden gem behind a park in my town. It was the perfect location with beautiful light, greenery, spring trees blooming and a gorgeous stream with waterfalls. These images were taken with my Canon 50mm 1.2 and to enhance the magical feel, I got down low, shot wide open and used the glorious back-lighting to showcase my little subject and the beautiful forest around her.”
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These photographs are just what Sandy said above: dreamy and magical! Krista Campell’s use of light and aperture create that effect. The sun is low in the sky, allowing gorgeous, beautiful flare to pour over this little girl, a little girl with a lot of emotional expression! First we see her balancing on a log with a half worried/half overjoyed look on her face, then happily getting her feet wet,right before frowning at someone or something to her side (and even when she frowns, it’s pretty adorable).
My favorite photograph is the shot where she’s walking out into the water, with the waterfalls behind her, and the sun flare is shining in from the upper left. This is such a dreamy shot, post-processed just enough to give it a sense of a rugged forest. This shot could have been taken in 2012 or 1912. I really like that sense of timelessness!
Note that the dress is a huge part of the success of this series! The dress, while sort of out-of-place in a rugged, woody environment, is exactly what a little fairy nymph might wear, flittering her way through the forest to work her magic. Some parents might feel hesitant to let their child get muddy in such a cute little outfit, but a trip to the thrift store to find a dress that you do not mind getting muddy might be worth the trouble to make this kind of scene complete.
Thank you for sharing your work with us, Krista!