Before I officially launched Photillustrator by Jason Ulsrud and became a Rockwall, TX Portrait Photographer, I spent an entire year teaching myself how to Composite Photos and developing my illustrative style. This R&D (Research & Development) resulted in me creating my Creative Family Portraits for free so I could practice my technique and improve my skills.
Today, I’m going to share one of my BEST Portraits to date and how I created Kitchen Chaos using only 31 individual images.
As a result of a Free Project I did for Mark Thompson, owner of Davis Street Tattoo in Dallas, TX, I unexpectedly received a call over a year afterward asking if I could do a Family Portrait, of what I would come to find out to be, a very interesting and fun family.
Of course, my answer what “YES”, and this is what happened.
Meeting the Lloyd Family
One of the best parts of being a Portrait Photographer who specializes in creating Uniquely Different Portraits for Uniquely Different People is I get to meet some really interesting and eclectic individuals. You know, people who outside their home appear to be just like everyone else, but once you get to know them, their Unique Difference shines bright.
Aaron Lloyd and his family are a perfect example of Uniquely Different People.
On first impression, Aaron and Lori seemed like most families who want a Family Portrait, but after digging a lot deeper in their Discovery Session, I quickly realized this family truly needs a Portrait that captures their CRAZY Uniqueness in a way like no other Photographer can.
With Mom and Dad, 4 Kids, 5 Dogs, 3 Cats, and 1 Parrot, the challenge was how do I fit all these wonderful characters into the tight space of a kitchen?
As you can imagine, it wasn’t easy, but like with all my Signature Style Portraits, it starts with creating a Concept Sketch to lay out all the details and determine where I may run into problems while putting this Amazing Portrait together.
One thing you may notice, and this happens with nearly all my Signature Style Portraits, OK, it happens with ALL my Portraits, is that the final Portrait turns out a bit different from the Concept Sketch I created in the beginning.
That’s mostly because your Portrait is created and put together based on a feeling.
As I’m adding elements to your Portrait and laying out your Composition, if it “feels” right I go with it, but if it causes me anxiety or I’m uncomfortable, I change it and work it until it “feels” good.
31 Images of Kitchen Chaos
Up until this point, all the scenes (backdrops) for my Signature Style Portraits were outside, making it easier to fabricate by removing houses, adding trees, and creating any sky I thought worked best.
Kitchen Chaos was different because the scene was to be inside the Lloyd Family’s Kitchen.
The Kitchen in this Portrait, believe it or not, was created using at least 8 different images I strategically took from various angles and camera positions, which answers a very common question I get from people interested in having me create a Signature Style Portrait for their family, “Can we use our own pictures, or do you have to use your own?”
The photo above represents what the scene would look like if I were to use only ONE IMAGE from my camera, which gives you a better idea of how much better it looks after it goes through my Photillustrator Process.
#1: Kitchen Right
#2: Kitchen Wall
#3: Kitchen Right Top
#4: Kitchen Middle Top
#5: Kitchen Middle Bottom
#6: Kitchen Left Top
#7: Kitchen Left Bottom
#8: Fabricated Ceiling
#13: Maya & Austin
#14: Cat on Counter
#15: Dog by Aaron
#16: Dog on Island
#17: Cat on Island
#18: Dog Jumping
#21: Hiding Cat
#22: Reggie’s Wing
#23: Reggie the Parrot
#25: Reggie’s Tail
#28: Microwave FX
A Closer Look BTS
One of the coolest things about your Creative Family Portrait is seeing the original images used for your Portrait vs. what it looks like once it’s completed, and thanks to our Journey Book feature, you can see the original images and everything it took to create your Uniquely Different Family Masterpiece.
That’s a Wrap
With a Traditional Portrait like the one’s you’re used to getting from regular portrait photographers, what you see is what you get, and seldom is there a lot of substance behind the image collecting dust on your fireplace mantle.
Your Signature Style Portrait by Photillustrator is completely Different.
From the multiple stories hidden throughout your Portrait to the stories you’ll have of creating it, your Uniquely Different Family Portrait will become a conversation piece you’ll want to share with friends and family for years to come.