How this Deck Demo went South… Fast!

An old deck with rotting wood, teenage boys, and an ax…

What could have gone wrong?

Just as the great pandemic of 2020 set in, my wife, Taren, and I decided it was time for a new deck.

After all, our old deck had rotting holes and with the shut down of everything, we had a lot of time on our hands. So, we enlisted my boys, Luka and Niko, gave them an ax.

Being a portrait artist, I couldn’t miss this opportunity, could I?

photo composite of ulsrud family demolishing deck during pandemic

The Deck Demo Photography

Before I jump into the photography of the “Deck Demo” portrait composite, here’s a quick photo of the deck before the demo.

As you can see, we really needed a new deck.

Now, of course, this portrait is a composite of several different photos stitched together to create one fun and entertaining portrait of the exaggerated events that took place that day.

All in all, this portrait composite took 7 photos to create.

photography breakdown of deck demo composite

Starting with the “scene”, which is photographed separately, I build the entire composite around what starts off as a pretty regular-looking picture.

original deck demo scene photography

From there, I photograph all the characters who have parts within the scene and any details that will add to the story being told.

Here are the before and after photos of the characters.

photography of luka ulsrud for deck demo composite
photography of jason ulsrud for deck demo portrait
photos of niko ulsrud for deck demo composite
photos of taren ulsrud for deck demo picture

After several hours of mashing all these photographs together in an artful way, I come up with an amazing portrait that tells the story of a family or experience.

photo composite of ulsrud family demolishing deck during pandemic

Behind the Real Deck Demo

Ok, Ok… The truth is, the real deck demo didn’t quite go as I portrayed here in this portrait.

Do you really think I would give my teenage boys an ax?

If I did that, someone would be missing an arm or leg right now!

boys tearing apart old deck

Instead, they had drivers to unscrew all the screws on the deck and pull it apart like any normal human being.

The portrait is simply a loose representation of the craziness of destroying our deck and the fun personalities that went into our deck demo day.

When it was all said and done, we did end up with a pretty nice new deck.

new deck in rockwall texas

Have a Story to Tell?

Regardless of whether you have a fun story to tell, an experience you want to remember, or fun family personalities you want to capture, I can bring your family portrait to life in a fun and entertaining way.

All you have to do is BOOK SESSION or give me a call at (214) 945-3226.

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