Thursday, January 28, 2010


It was almost a year ago (believe it or not) when the mother of this little princess contacted Kari and I about capturing some images for her daughter's 4th birthday. She knew the party would be princess themed, and she knew that that she wanted the pictures that would be given as keepsakes to be special.

As the day approached we talked about ways to execute the shoot. At first, I proposed some areas near downtown Atlanta that might look "castle-like". At the last minute, I shifted my thoughts to trying to pull off an "enchanted forest" look.

Of course, the day of the shoot was colder than the rest of the week. We covered the princess in a big coat and took it off just as we began shooting. We literally shot for 15 minutes. I captured only 24 frames before we were headed back to the car. It was too cold. We finished the shoot in the studio and hoped that at least one of the images from the forest would work.

I don't think the princess was worried at all. She believes in magic.

Photography, Concept, and Digital Editing by Carlton Mackey
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  1. Amazing! You've truly captured the enchantment in each of these shots! Beautiful!

  2. Just gorgeous - So ethereal and magical. Now I want to be a princess and go to a magical forest too.

  3. Something magical was providing you and this little princess to get her wish!

  4. Hats off to you!! You did it Carlton! You gave another 200% of yourself to make this little Princess feel and believe that she was in an Enchanted Forest! I just love all of the surroundings, colorationss, and attention to detail. Just one question. Where's the frog? Thanks for sharing your wondrous creativity with everyone.

  5. these are so beautiful,
    and magical indeed.
    i adore the 4th shot.

  6. I love this! and of course I believe. Blessings and light.

  7. The little girl is like a fairy. so cute. i love the magic. and thanks for your compliments!

    ahoy from amsterdam Laura Andalou