Autumn Forest Nymph Portrait

* WARNING, while artistic, the following image may not be appropriate for all readers, so discretion is advised.*

One of my favorite types of photoshoots is a themed fashion, or portrait session, where Professionalphotos has full artistic license.

I was approached by a model who was visiting Auckland, New Zealand from overseas. After some conversation, it was established that she was into fantasy and loved things like ‘The Lord of the Rings’. There was a limited amount of time and no real budget for this shoot and I had to pull a concept together pretty quickly.


The concept for a good photograph is one of the things that I sometimes struggle with. Personally, I believe that many people have the ability to capture a good photo, which is why it can be hard to stand out as a photographer.

A good concept and good execution of that concept, is what sets a good photographic artist apart from a “photographic snapper of opportunity”. Make no mistake that the final photograph is a work of art. The are many hours of preparation and also extensive time in post production required to make the final image. Check out my Red Ridinghood and Angelic Concept themed artistic photos to see more themed art.

The concept for this session came from looking at more traditional paintings. The idea developed to create something like a classical statue out in the forest. Visualise a forest nymph that had appeared on a path, to an unsuspecting traveller.

I had to go out and purchase a few props to make the image more convincing and the thing that I really enjoyed, was finding the right mask. This was a work of art in its own right and was made locally.


Scouting for locations is one of the most important parts of a photoshoot and I take this very seriously. You can read about looking for locations in more depth, on my Summer Traveller Model Photoshoot here.

I looked through my little list of locations and I was specifically looking for a place that was secluded and also had the right sort of atmosphere for the concept. I finally found the right place, but I was very conscious that for this location to work to best effect, we needed to have overcast weather.

The day of the Photoshoot

So much for the overcast weather! The day arrived and it was glorious, which is great for keeping warm, but not the best for getting moody, atmospheric photos. If I had the choice, I would be photographing in the blue light at the beginning, or at the end of the day. This was not an option, so we did the best with the light and the location that we could.

Looking at the raw files from the back of the camera, I knew that we had nailed the photoshoot. A very big part of that was the model’s ability to move and pose, so once we were set up we could get a great selection of photos in a short amount of time.

This is one of my favorites from the day.

 forest nymph

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