She was a little shy when she first walked in, but as soon as she stepped in front of the camera, Ella turned on the charm.  She's a girl that knows how to work a camera!  We got some big smiles out of her system, and then got to work...

Three-year-old Ella graciously agreed to pose as a model for me in a series of portraits to be displayed in a Christmas-themed window display in Wellsville, NY that is sponsored by my father-in-law's company, Argentieri Brothers, Inc. (check out their amazing linens) and my mother-in-law's party and event planning business that she runs with her great friend (and Ella's grandmother), Two Ladies & a Party.  

When I was thinking about what I would like to hang in the display, I decided that I wanted vintage portraits that, while Christmas-themed, were a little on the darker-side to add age and a bit of mystery to the photos.  I also wanted images that were more fine-art than specific to the personality of my subject.  With that being the case, I asked Ella to try not to smile and just look at my camera.  She gave me a bit of a confused look, but then did everything I asked of her flawlessly.  She was so clever and cooperative that we had all of our shots in under 10 minutes.  

 The image on the left is straight out of camera after the very first click of my shutter--such a doll!  In post processing, I aged the images a bit and gave then a uniform square crop.  I kept the Christmas-themes very subtle and instead themed the shoot "Ella's Tree".  It was about a little girl's imaginary tree and the things that she found in it.  I can't wait for the prints to arrive to see them--images like this aren't fully experienced until they are printed. The thee portraits on fine-art paper and Ella's Tree as a 16x16 metal print will be on display in Wellsville during the holiday season.  If you are in the area, please stop by and check them out.  

Oh...and the nightgown and crowns are a part of the studio wardrobe and are available for any little girl that would like to have a similar portrait.  I can't wait to do a shoot like this again!

And here's one more that I decided to add, since I enjoyed editing her images so much.  I wanted to try giving one a vintage frame...