This was the first image I created, so I decided it would be the first tutorial too. This was kind of my test shoot, and at first I wasn't convinced at all. BUT, a few PicMonkey edits later, I was SO stoked with the result! Here's how I went about it.
1. Before I got the kiddo involved, I set about making cardboard skis. I didn't want to spend ages doing this, as I knew there would be quite a few photo-shoots to do. A bit of cutting, sello-taping and and sharpie marking later, and I had a pair of skis! The back drop consisted of two white sheets - one pinned to the wall and draped over the bed, and the other covering the floor. It might've made things easier in the editing stage if I'd ironed the sheets - but as previously mentioned, I don't do ironing.
2. When the set up was ready, I got E dressed as quickly as possible. The whole reason for the ski shoot was based on the fact that we had this cute hand-me-down ski suit in our wardrobe, which was a total score. These types of things are quite regularly spied at op shops too. She's also wearing a thermal top, hand-knit hat, gumboots, and a pair of my sunnies.
3. This next step might not be necessary if you've ironed your sheets. I used iPhoto Retouch, but the PicMonkey 'Wrinkle Remover' does a similar thing. Blur out all the wrinkles on the sheets, but make sure you keep the edges of your subject crisp and clean.
4. Upload your image to PicMonkey, and select 'Effects'. I used 'Dusk' and faded it out a little bit before applying changes, but try some of the other ones too, until you find your fave.
5. From the main menu select 'Textures', and choose 'Light Trails'. Play around with the fade button and move the light trail around if you like.
6. Click on the 'Themes' button (down the very bottom) and choose 'Winterland'. Using the 'Snowball' effect, choose the amount that looks best, and apply it. You can keep applying more layers until you get it too look just right.
And you're done! Now you can tell your kiddo how many fun adventures you used to take them on, and when they say, "I don't remember going skiing at dusk!" you can just show them this pic and give them an 'I told you so' face.
I'm gonna share a few more tutorials when I get back from the conference (one more sleep!). Let me know if you have any questions, and I'll try and address those too! x