Mom Recreates Iconic Women's Portraits With Her 5-Year-Old Daughter

Mom Recreates Iconic Women's Portraits With Her 5-Year-Old Daughter

Jaime Moore's daughter, Emma, turned 5 recently. As a photographer, Jaime wanted to do a special photo shoot to mark that day. Having no ideas or inspiration, she turned to Google to search for ideas fitting the young age of 5 and get some direction, but the only ideas she could find are how to shoot young girls as Disney Princesses. Jaime decided that instead of shooting "unrealistic fantasy" characters, she should shoot real powerful and iconic women. This makes for a great series and also very educational for her daughter.

Jaime Moore: I had been searching everywhere for new-creative inspiration for her 5yr pictures. I noticed quite a pattern of so many young girls dressing up as beautiful Disney Princesses, no matter where I looked 95% of the “ideas” were the “How to’s” of how to dress your little girl like a Disney Princess. it got me thinking, they’re just characters, a writers tale of a princess. An unrealistic fantasy for most girls (Yay Kate Middleton!)"



"It started me thinking about all the real women for my daughter to know about and look up too, real women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better. My daughter wasn't born into royalty, but she was born into a country where she can now vote, become a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, or even President if she wants and that’s what really matters. I wanted her to know the value of these amazing women who had gone against everything so she can now have everything. We chose 5 women (five amazing and strong women), as it was her 5th birthday but there are thousands of unbelievable women (and girls) who have beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world. so let’s set aside the Barbie Dolls and the Disney Princesses for just a moment, and let’s show our girls the REAL women they can be."





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not even close to matching the lighting on most of them, but cute nonetheless :)

Noam Galai's picture

I dont think it's about lighting or editing. It's more about the idea behind it.

The examples where the lighting is very similar, to me at least, are more profound than the ones that are lit differently.

I guess the work of Bill Gekas set a high standard in my mind for projects like this:

Jeff Adkins's picture

Completely different, Bill Gekas wasn't trying to match lighting to another picture, he was simply lighting. I actually think that these shots match up pretty darn close. On top of that the expressions were pretty much dead on, expressions are what make good photos, good lighting is just expected.

I guess my issue is with the author using the word "recreate." I interpret the word "recreate" in a stricter sense than what is illustrated in this article. I do realize the definition of recreate, and this technically is a recreation. I get that.

But, I am a graphic designer in addition to being a photographer.

If a client sends me raster artwork and I need vector artwork, but they cannot provide it, I have to recreate it. Not re-imagine it with slight or not so slight differences. Same colors, shapes, fonts, etc.

If someone was missing on portrait day at a client's location, and a few weeks later that person is available, I need to recreate the exact same lighting setup so all of the previous portraits match, I cannot re-imagine the lighting set up and hope it's close. It has to be exact.

I'm not saying the photos aren't good or cute. It just seems odd to me that some of the lighting is close, but others are way off. The one next to Amelia Earhart looks more like a glamor shot in comparison. Yes, expressions make good photos, but if you are going to the trouble to recreate an iconic photograph, I'd think that taking the lighting into consideration would be important, too.

And Jeff, it's not "completely different" at all. Bill absolutely was trying to match light. Not to another photo, but to an entire style and technique of master painters. And I'm sure that he was going for similar expressions found in the beautiful paintings he referenced, too.

Jeff Adkins's picture

Ah, see, you're reviewing the work from a professional stand point. I'm looking at it as something nice she was doing for her daughter to mark a special day. From my point of view it's above and beyond, but that's just me and I'm not analyzing it quite as closely as you obviously :)

I have to agree, these are similar, but they didn't totally copy the image work. It's more of a cosplay.

But the idea is nice for her daughter.

These aren't even close.....if anything it shows the difference between pro work and amateur.

good gosh people, it was something she could do in a day to celebrate her daughter! If the goal was to copy everything exactly, it definitely would have been a much longer process and would have been an homage to the original figure rather than to her hopes and dreams for her daughter. Get the stick out of your butts

I love these, what a special gift for a mother to give her child - beautiful photographs and a link to real, strong women instead of fantasy figures.

these are adorable!
does the little girl look a ton like Drew Barrymore?

...unique and timeless #applause