The story behind the picture

Sometimes the photographer has to bide her time to create a special storytelling portrait. "She saves Monarch Butterflies" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2017, Thurmont, MD. (Top R) Milkweed from our backyard. (Bottom) Two monarchs just emerged from the chrysalides. The monarch picture was taken with my iPhone while sitting in the chair at the dental office.

Sometimes the photographer has to bide her time to create a special storytelling portrait. "She saves Monarch Butterflies" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2017, Thurmont, MD. (Top R) Milkweed from our backyard. (Bottom) Two monarchs just emerged from the chrysalides. The monarch picture was taken with my iPhone while sitting in the chair at the dental office.

Behind the Scenes, making the image

This story could start "Once upon a time there was a lady who loved butterflies."

And the lady who loved butterflies also happens to be my dental hygienist. Her cubicle in the dental office is outfitted with all things butterflies. Her photographs of backyard butterflies are beautiful and patients love to see them. She even builds a monarch "nursery" in her cubicle during the summer and fall months.

Jenny was the second Inspiring Photographer Interview in the blog series. I knew there was a photographic story waiting to be told. That was 2 years ago.

"I was reluctant to do this because I'd rather be the one taking the photos, still have weight to lose, don't like being in the "spotlight", not comfortable with aging, you name it ~ but I know that she (Rebecca)  is a passionate artist and has wanted to do something incorporating my love for monarchs into an artist piece for awhile, so I agreed!" - Jenny

Gathering the elements of the story

I didn't sit idly during the last two years. Nope, I was gathering elements for the portrait I knew would be created someday. Butterflies? check.  Milkweed? check.  The Butterfly Guardian? That one took a while.

The composite image

The milkweed picture became the background. Milkweed is important to the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. I thought it an appropriate background for the woman whose aura exudes the beauty of monarch butterflies. The yellow monarchs were extracted from the image above and applied in different sizes. 

Amazon is a creative person's best friend. I purchased 3 boxes of monarch butterflies (and of course they arrived in two days.)  The headband was constructed with the purchased monarchs glued to a thin black ribbon.

The fluttering butterflies are photographs of the purchased butterflies. Again, the butterflies were extracted in Photoshop as separate layers.  They could be moved freely and resized throughout the image.

A testimonial about her storytelling portrait

"Every woman/mother should do this!  I am so glad I did! It was a wonderful experience feeling like a princess for the day and also learning a few photography tricks! One day my great-great grandkids (if I am lucky enough to become a grandmother one day) will be able to know who I am ~ just by seeing these! Thank you for this treasure, Rebecca LaChance."

Her grandkids will be awesome! And they are going to think their grandmother is the coolest woman they know. Ah yes, the power of a portrait. What a perfect way to share the story of the family through the generations.

How long will my portrait take

It's a fair bet the story in your portrait won't take two years. Sometimes life gets in the way and schedules do have to be pushed back. We'll work through it. 

Are you ready? Let's get to it! Just drop me a line and we'll schedule your consultation.

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Rebecca