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Creating fantasy photos

Something that gets me excited and looking forward to braid-time is when my daughter and I decide to do a fantasy photo with our braid style.

We love creating themes around our hairstyles. It is a fun way to try out new looks and keeps her interested in our routine “let’s pull your hair” time.

The photos we get from these sessions are great to post on Facebook, send to grandma, and use on our Christmas cards.

A few friends of mine decided to create a deck of cards with our daughters photos. We actually got quite into it and even challenged each other for inspiration. This was particularly fun for my daughter and we spent time together deciding what would be nice to do for styles and costumes.

12189552_891504164279555_7593793994420297301_nLater that year we did a project on Goddesses. I used the opportunity to look up lesser known Goddesses. Something other than the popular Greek Goddesses. I settled on the Celtic Goddess Cliodna (Klee-nah). Goddess of the after life, associated with the sea and beauty.

12187886_891505134279458_440782010076365973_nWith this project, I even made the dress. We had an extra special photo shoot. We went out to a great location to get the perfect backdrop. It was a lot of work, but also made wonderful memories.

Try a fantasy photo-shoot-hairstyle-day. Put it on the calendar for two weeks from now. It  makes you think differently about braid styles you want to create, wakes up your imagination, and gets you out of the copy/paste mentality of what you saw on the internet.

So, let’s have fun! Think about a style, any style that would fit for a theme you like. Fairies, goblins, goddesses, princesses, and make a hairstyle that shows the theme. We would love to see those styles in our Facebook group!

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Taking great photos

Many of us have seen optical illusions. If you have not, my post will make more sense after you read this article by The Washington Post. When you are done reading the fun information, come back here and learn about photographing your braids.

Showing light differencesTake time to look at A, B, C, and D. Same model. Same dress. Same hair. Same blue flowers. I want to talk about two differences: lighting and backdrop.


Chose your favorite from above. Why did you choose it? If you chose A, it could be because you like water or rivers. Really focus in on A. Notice how the details of the hair are difficult to see. The back of the models head is shadowed. The river is the brightest object in the photo. It draws your focus.

When photographing braids you want the viewers focus to be drawn to the hair. Light is a good way to draw that focus. Let’s move on to B. Yes, the hair is better lit, unfortunately her hair is the exact same color and pattern as the rocky backdrop. This brings us to the second part of this lesson. Backdrops.


When items in a photo are the same color and texture, it is unclear what the photo is about. One might assume that B is about the models back. It is the most prominent feature in the photo. If you want hair to stand out, you must place it against something that will help it stand out.

Take a look at C. Placing a well lit object in front of a dark blurry background can be striking. And yet, striking is not always the best  display for a hairstyle. It can be a form of distraction in and of itself. While it may make a great photograph, it will not necessarily draw the viewers attention to the hair specifically.


A well lit photograph with a blurred backdrop, is perfect. The river in D provides reflective light angling up at the model just where it is needed most. The two sources of light (sun and river reflection) maintain a perfect balance, staving off shadows. There is plenty of distinction between objects.

Gather your photographs and lay them out, side-by-side. Remove your emotional attachment to them. Look at them with new eyes. Where is the light? Is the hairstyle detached from the backdrop? What would you remove from the photograph, if you could, to help draw the viewers attention to the hair? Keep this mindset the next time you pull out your camera. You will be taking great photos in no time. Thanks for joining us today at The Braid Zone. We will see you tomorrow.

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