Portrayal – ‘Missing Home – By Jennifer Bracewell

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We’re delighted to published Jennifer Bracewell’s first article to her brand new Portrayal Column with us. Portrayal focuses on Portraiture and incorporates a mix of tutorials, including heavily apped ones and art but also includes portraits that tell the story of the people within the portrait and relate to the expression, ‘faces are windows to our souls’.

In this article Jennifer moves us with a beautiful image and the story of her little girl and her feelings when they moved houses and the memories that were recalled. Jennifer also provides a tutorial explaining how she edited the image. Don’t miss this… over to you Jen (foreword by Joanne Carter).

 

 

“We moved a few months back. Though my daughter is only four, she has some very strong opinions about this. She loves her new room but misses our old yard. She likes the big kitchen at the new house but hates that our cat won’t come inside (we share that opinion). We happened to drive by the old house. It’s only a mile away. She looked out the window and started crying. She was crying for our old tree.

The new owners, a young family, had cut down her favorite tree. It was a beautiful brush tree with pink furry blossoms that shed all over. Everywhere. On our lawn, the neighbors lawn.. It was obnoxious, but it was our beautiful, Seussical friend. We loved it and sat under it since she was born. The shock of not seeing it there, just the giant pile of pink fluff and the stump made her burst into tears. We drove to the new house and sat on the couch for a chat. After she’d calmed down I took her picture, like I do. I could see in it what she was feeling, her sadness, her relief at the idea that we had a new place that we’d make our own, her great sensitivity and what a beautiful person she is. You have to love a girl who cries for trees, don’t you?

I’ve included a tutorial for this image that I have called “Missing Home”, see below:

 

 

Step 1

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Here’s the original, taken with Hipstamatic, Tinto 1848 Lens and D-Type Plate Film, which I was and am still kind of obsessed with:

My next step was to open the Diptic app, the simple square and use a photo I had of a paperweight with butterflies on it for the left half of the photo, her face for the right.

Step 2

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I used the slider to remove the border, rotated the paperweight to my liking and then used the “Keyhole” Filter to make it monochrome to blend with her portrait.

 

Step 3

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I exported the image at full resolution using the arrow in the upper right and then opened it up in Magic Hour. (you’ll see a little butterfly in the lower left corner. I had done some Juxtaposer experimentation with this but it ended up not showing up in the final image so I left it out.. one of those things that happens).

Step 4

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In Magic Hour I used the Black and White in 1962 Filter and also the Tilt Shift. I played around with curves until I got something I was pleased with. I also removed the frame.

 

Step 5

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Okay. Almost done. My last step is ScratchCam. I usually hit the random button until I come up with something I like.

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Final Image

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I’m always a bit critical. Now seeing this I may have done fewer scratches in retrospect. That’s how it always is for me. I could do 25 versions and maybe like something about each one but have a hard time choosing. I’m moving away from scratches more and more lately.

All in all I love the vintage look of this portrait, the texture and color. My old soul baby girl who is always thinking, loves everyone, and misses her favorite tree”.

 

 

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23 thoughts on “Portrayal – ‘Missing Home – By Jennifer Bracewell

  1. A wonderful article, Jen, and I was sad along with your little girl about the chopped-down tree. Beautiful image …

  2. Oh Jennifer . . . I’m typing this with tears in my eyes. Yes, how could you not love a girl who cries over trees (I cry over trees too btw)? Thank you for sharing this wonderful, albeit sad, story with us AND for sharing your workflow / process with us! I’m such a crazy fan of your work so it’s fascinating to watch you step by step! oxoxo

  3. Lovely Jen! So touching. Children have an amazing sensitivity which we sometimes take for granted! Your daughter is beautiful, she’s a lot like my son, he feels everyone’s pain. My daughter on the other hand is one tough cookie!
    I really enjoyed the tutorial, thank you for sharing this with us! xox

  4. Beautiful story and a beautiful image. Her emotion is carried across sublimely.
    Thank you so much for sharing your workflow and processing with us.
    I have a son who cries over trees and animals too!

  5. I loved everything about this post–great story, very useful tutorial, and the image itself is striking. Thanks so much for featuring this. Look forward to more in the future. And what a great blog this is–one of my top five that I look at just about every day. Thanks.

  6. Thanks to all for the wonderful comments. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the column and wish I had seen these and responded to each of you individually. I apologize for the group message. Thanks to Joanne for everything that you do xxoo
    Better go plant a tree 🙂

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