Alice in Wonderland Inspired Shoot

Alice in Wonderland Images Edited with Pretty Photoshop Actions
“We’re all mad here.”
-Cheshire Cat, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
-The Queen, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Curiouser and curiouser!”
-Alice, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Who are YOU?” said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”
-Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland Shoot Edited with Pretty Photoshop Actions

 

Oh, the joy of playing dress up! There’s just something about slipping on a costume and pretending to be someone else that holds appeal for all ages. So it didn’t take much persuading to get this crew of sweet kiddos to indulge me and my idea for an Alice in Wonderland themed styled session.

Alice in Wonderland Shoot Edited with Pretty Actions for Photoshop

Alice in Wonderland Photography Edited with Pretty Actions for Photoshop

I knew I wanted the kids to “dress up” for the session, but I also wanted to try “dressing up” my images with Pretty Photoshop Actions. Could they really provide that extra boost of color and light to bring my images to the next level? I wanted to put these Photoshop actions to the test. (Spoiler alert - I wasn’t disappointed!) But first, a little more about the styled session...

To bring the session together, I spent some time visualizing what I wanted to convey with each character. I thought about what subtleties would work to differentiate each character from the next. I wanted to bring the characters to life without hitting the viewer over the head with it. So, starting with Alice, I knew I wanted to use a gorgeous, blue, couture gown from Butterfly Closet. I’ve used the gown in sessions previously and there is nothing overtly “Alice” about it (other than it being blue), but I felt that when worn by a pretty blonde model and grouped with other subtly dressed characters, the effect would be unmistakable.

Alice in Wonderland Session edited with Pretty Photoshop Actions

Alice in Wonderland Edited with Pretty Actions for Photoshop

Alice in Wonderland Edited with Pretty Photoshop Actions

I knew distinguishing hats would be essential for the Mad Hatter, and the March Hare as well. These from Miss Fitt and Co were exactly what I needed. Add in some lush velvet jackets by Chasing Fireflies - and ears for the Hare - and my ensemble was coming together. All I needed was a queen in a gorgeous black and gold gown, also by
Butterfly Closet.

Alice in Wonderland Session Edited with Pretty Photoshop Actions

Pretty Photoshop Actions used on Alice in Wonderland Session

Alice in Wonderland Photography Edited with Pretty Photoshop Actions

With wardrobe decisions complete, I turned my attention to the setting and props. A wooded location at the Art Barn provided the perfect backdrop for our little tea party. Elegant chairs around a table set with colorful cakes and tea cups created exactly the look I wanted. With some classic props - a deck of cards, a pocket watch for the Hare, an oversized rose for a pop of color, and a few live “hares” for fun - my styling was complete. Now for the magic…

The kids played their parts perfectly - enjoying the theatrics and having fun with my requests for both playful and serious poses. I think the only thing that could have made them enjoy it more was if I’d let them dig into the cakes
when the shoot was over! (They weren’t real!)

Alice in Wonderland Session Edited with Pretty Photoshop Actions

Alice in Wonderland Images Edited with Pretty Actions for Photoshop

I was truly pleased with the way the session went, so my hopes for the images were high. When I went to the computer to see the results, I wasn’t disappointed, and yet, I suspected the images could be better - even more magical - with the help of Pretty Actions. So, this is what I did next…

Alice in Wonderland Session Edited with Pretty Actions for PHotoshop

Alice in Wonderland Photography edited with Pretty Actions for Photoshop

Alice in Wonderland Session Edited with Pretty Photoshop Actions

In Lightroom, I just quickly warmed the images a bit and then exported the raw files to PS. The primary recipe for these edits included the following use of Pretty Actions - they were used in a mostly consistent manner on all of the images (in some cases there were a few additional edits):

Pretty Color Base x2 - 20%

Pretty Color Base - 100%

Histogram Fix - 100%

Eye Sparkle, Lighten Iris - 10%, Bold Catchlights -20%

Sparkle and Shine - 20%

Romantic - 70% brushed off of face

Alice in wonderland images edited with Pretty Photoshop Actions

Alice in Wonderland Photography Edited with Pretty Photoshop Actions

I was thrilled with the results and look forward to trying out new combinations on future images. For me, these edits speak for themselves! What do you think?

Session Credits

Styling : Jennifer McCarren, Kristin Fuller, Theresa Stone

Location : The Art Barn

Hair and Makeup : Theresa Stone

Models : Ava Redick, Alice, wearing Butterfly Closet Kylie Fuller; the Queen, wearing Butterfly Closet; Sebastian McCarren, The Hare, wearing Chasing Fireflies and MossFete; Harrison McCarren, the Mad Hatter, wearing Chasing Fireflies and MossFete; Lulu Dobson, our double (Queen and Mad Hatter) wearing Tutu Du Monde, MossFete and Chasing Fireflies.

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About the Artist: I am a North Atlanta photographer living in Roswell, GA with my husband and our three sweet and high-energy boys. My husband and sons are first and foremost the loves of my life and the inspiration for my family and child photography.
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