Artistic portraiture by Linda Olsen

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To book a fantasy or illustrative portrait, contact Linda for a complimentary consultation. lindaolsenart@gmail.com.

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Kiss dream

Capturing the feeling of dreamy rapture.

Capturing the feeling of dreamy rapture.

Boudoir with guitar

The client wanted to give her fiance a portrait with his guitar as a prop.

The client wanted to give her fiance a portrait with his guitar as a prop.

Happy Fourth of July!

For women, the right to vote was a huge step. We have come a long way in a relatively short time. We are thankful for the freedoms we are blessed with. I photographed this a couple years ago while in a small town in California. There was a parade and this was one of the groupings. I loved how accurate the costumes were.

For women, the right to vote was a huge step. We have come a long way in a relatively short time. We are thankful for the freedoms we are blessed with.
I photographed this a couple years ago while in a small town in California. There was a parade and this was one of the groupings. I loved how accurate the costumes were.

Schedule your fantasy session for a truly unique personal piece of art

Why not schedule a consultation with me to discover how to portray your fantasy as a unique statement and piece of personal fine art. The sessions take a couple of an hour or two and I sometimes do some additional glam beauty portraits. Contact me at lindaolsenart@gmail.com to set up a consultation prior to your session. Most often, costumes need to be procured or made as well as props. I do have quite a few already in my studio in Neptune Beach.

Why not schedule a consultation with me to discover how to portray your fantasy as a unique statement and piece of personal fine art. The sessions take a couple of an hour or two and I sometimes do some additional glam beauty portraits. Contact me at lindaolsenart@gmail.com to set up a consultation prior to your session. Most often, costumes need to be procured or made as well as props. I do have quite a few already in my studio in Neptune Beach.

Photographing outdoors lends background for conceptual portraits

After the studio session and before the rain, I took Pam to a small park to complete the ideas for the Huntress conceptual photos. It was really hot and a few people were lingering in the park so we worked quickly. We were able to only do so much in the studio because of space so having nature as our backdrop really was nice. I did some artistic tinting in post production with Photoshop in portraying a more antique look.

After the studio session and before the rain, I took Pam to a small park to complete the ideas for the Huntress conceptual photos. It was really hot and a few people were lingering in the park so we worked quickly. We were able to only do so much in the studio because of space so having nature as our backdrop really was nice. I did some artistic tinting in post production with Photoshop in portraying a more antique look.

Pam Gerrish Nelson Fantasy portrait Pam Gerrish Nelson Fantasy portrait Pam Gerrish Nelson Fantasy portrait Pam Gerrish Nelson Fantasy portrait Pam Gerrish Nelson Fantasy portrait Pam Gerrish Nelson Fantasy portrait Pam Gerrish Nelson Fantasy portrait

Fantasy portrait of Huntress

Pamela's husband loves to hunt and owned two of the most beautiful long bows and antique handmade arrows so I suggested doing a fantasy session depicting her as Diana, the goddess of the Hunt. She is a cancer survivor and when her hair came back in its gorgeous curls, I thought of styling it up with golden cord. The dress was made from a long piece of sheer fabric that I fashioned simply. The painted backdrop worked quite nicely with the plaster column. Here are my favorite studio images of this fantasy portrait.

Pamela’s husband loves to hunt and owned two of the most beautiful long bows and antique handmade arrows so I suggested doing a fantasy session depicting her as Diana, the goddess of the Hunt. She is a cancer survivor and when her hair came back in its gorgeous curls, I thought of styling it up with golden cord. The dress was made from a long piece of sheer fabric that I fashioned simply. The painted backdrop worked quite nicely with the plaster column. Here are my favorite studio images of this fantasy portrait.

Pam  Fantasy portrait fantasy studio 25

Glamour portraits enhance a woman’s beauty

Having a studio is a benefit as a photographer. Over the years, I have purchased many fabrics, backdrops, props and lighting equipment to do interesting and unique portraits. After advice from the late Monte Zucker a decade ago, I own Westcott daylight florescent lighting system which works well in designing light around my subjects to enhance their features. Photography is all about light and how it affects the contours of whatever you are shooting. I can feather it to tone it down and enhance the areas that I want to accentuate. I generally used 4 soft boxes at different angles and continually move around adjusting each bank in direction and power as I work.  Pam had such beautiful skin in which I wanted to enhance. The session was based upon a fantasy idea but we also did some glamour, boudoir (which are private) and beauty portraits. It was a fun session and Pam was easy to direct.

Having a studio is a benefit as a photographer. Over the years, I have purchased many fabrics, backdrops, props and lighting equipment to do interesting and unique portraits. After advice from the late Monte Zucker a decade ago, I own Westcott daylight florescent lighting system which works well in designing light around my subjects to enhance their features. Photography is all about light and how it affects the contours of whatever you are shooting. I can feather it to tone it down and enhance the areas that I want to accentuate. I generally used 4 soft boxes at different angles and continually move around adjusting each bank in direction and power as I work. Pam had such beautiful skin in which I wanted to enhance. The session was based upon a fantasy idea but we also did some glamour, boudoir (which are private) and beauty portraits. It was a fun session and Pam was easy to direct.

Pam Gerrish Nelson Fantasy portrait

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