Line Portraits from a Young Artist with @oxtlxnes
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In her spare time after school, 16-year-old Hayley Connolly (@oxtlxnes) draws portraits of her Instagram followers.
“I usually draw based on requests, but sometimes I will draw my idols, like Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne),” says Hayley, who lives in northeast England. “My illustrations are mostly portraits, so they are all about the facial features. I try to make them a mixture of realistic and non-realistic, and I love to make them look almost cartoon-like.”
Hayley’s inspiration comes from looking at Instagram accounts from other teen artists, whose work she wishes was more visible in larger artistic communities.
“I think it is really important to see art made from teens. We haven’t made our life choices yet, so we’re looking at the world in many different ways,” she says. “We’re really in the height of our creativity because we are growing up.”
As a mother, my heart hurts for families who have angel babies (those who passed far too soon) and for little, beautiful babies who deal with terminal illnesses or diseases. It’s a challenge to spend more days in a hospital than in a peaceful, happy home … and, for these families, we know it’s tough to prioritize spending money on a professional photo shoot. So, we decided that we will give away free photo shoots to local families who absolutely deserve to spend an hour capturing beautiful and happy moments together with a professional photo shoot.
Your donations through the Happy Baby Project helps provide prints for families from their free photo sessions — this way, families can proudly display their family portrait in their home, carry a print with them as they travel to and from doctors appointments or hospitals and …. perhaps will even help add some cheer to a hospital room, where they sometimes spend months on end.
It’s no secret - photographing children is a bit challenging. Sometimes the camera is scary, sometimes other things are far more interesting than the camera … like a piece of grass or a noise somewhere off in the distance (kids are funny!) but that just means we give extra time for a photo shoot, take breaks as needed and are very go-with-the-flow about how the photo shoot progresses. The photo shoot can take place at a home, at the hospital (if the hospital permits photos), at the beach, at a park … we stay flexible. We know the Florida weather is a bit relentless so we are flexible to the baby’s needs so they stay comfortable and happy during the shoot.
Thank you for your charitable support. xoxo
Family Portrait Photography by Girona Consulting
Location: Fort Pierce, Florida, USA (The Treasure Coast)
Children are certainly not the easiest to photograph but when you get the right moment … oh it’s totally worth it! These children are adorable!!