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Adding Texture to a Fine Art  Portrait.

I recently photographed Madeline Ross, a multi-talented creative artist who has played theatre, and opera roles, and even started her own opera company – Renegade Opera Portland’s  Unconventional Opera Company. Maddy came into the Sherwood portrait studio to update her photos and walked out with a handful of incredible images for her personal press kit. 

Madeline brought beautiful dresses to her session, so I prompted her through some lyrical movement posing. She was at the time employed by Portland Opera in a forest nymph role, so she slipped into character easily. A few days after seeing Maddy’s final image selections, I attended a networking event at MSI  Surfaces in Tualatin through the Women to Women Network. Walking through the beautiful big display pieces at MSI, I felt VERY inspired by the natural markings on the granite and quartz surfaces and began to photograph them. I knew in the back of my mind exactly how I wanted to use the textures.

To get to this closer portrait, I rotated the texture above and brought it in as a new layer at a  lower opacity into the edited portrait, then masked the subject so the texture wouldn’t show on  her skin. I love the depth and interest these natural stone markings bring into the portrait. 

If you’re looking for a new press kit, team photos, or brand content for your website send me a message – I would love to learn more about you. My portrait studio is a space where we can create beautiful and spirited images together.

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About Rachel Hadiashar

Rachel Hadiashar has been photographing spirited professionals and creatives for more than 15 years. She excels at finding the unique brilliance in each individual and helping them embrace their power by co-creating bespoke visual branding and extraordinary images.
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Sherwood, OR 97140

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