Composing magical fairytale images with a touch of sparkle

There are so many ways you can add sparkle to your images and elevate them to a magical level. Judith Khlk takes us through how she creates her magic and inspires us all to have fun with a little shimmer and sparkle.

Light up a flatlay…

The nap time flatlay is one of Judith’s signatures as it’s often the perfect time to photograph an otherwise energetic toddler. Judith cleverly uses everyday items to create whimsical nap time scenes with her little one. This flatlay shows how you can add light both while you photograph your subject and later in the editing process. I love how she adds a magical glow to this image using fairy lights in a light bulb vase and adds even more sparkle in post production.

A nap time scene comes to life. Source:  @judith.khlk

A nap time scene comes to life. Source: @judith.khlk

The original photo as shot by Judith

The original photo as shot by Judith

How Judith brought this image to life

I took this picture on my bed. As soon as my son fell asleep I built a burrow with different textured blankets and placed autumnal leaves on it. When I was done I laid my son on the white blanket faffed into a circle. I played with the position of the props until I was happy with the scene of my little hibernating mouse.

To take the picture I used my camera fixed to a tripod, set in self-timer mode, that I held above my sleeping son. All the light comes from a big window on the left and the cozy feeling from the fairy lights in the bulb shaped jar. I added more sparkles later on in Photoshop.


Light up an outdoor scene

This is one of my favourite photos by Judith. It is such a beautiful and magical scene. I have always been intrigued as to how she created it so I couldn’t resist asking Judith to divulge her secrets. I particularly love how she has added the moon light to this image and its reflection on the lake, some celestial goodness right there.

Judith takes advantage of living in Dubai and visiting places like Love Lakes. This image is a compostite of two different images taken at the same location. Source:  @judith.khlk

Judith takes advantage of living in Dubai and visiting places like Love Lakes. This image is a compostite of two different images taken at the same location. Source: @judith.khlk

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The original photos as shot by Judith

The original photos as shot by Judith

How Judith brought this image to life

I took this picture at the Love Lakes in Dubai. Two man-made heart-shaped lakes that are decorated with lots of hearts of wood and stone. I created this image of two different photographs. One of the lake and the other one of me and my son in a big heart on a parking lot. Both pictures were taken around the same time at sunset. I used Photoshop editing it and for the moon. Last I used Bokeh Cam Fx for the heart shaped Bokeh.



Light up a magical scene

Adding light to an image can elevate it to a magical status, and this image by Judith is simply astronomical. It is so interesting to see its humble beginnings and how Judith took it to this celestial level with some clever editing and by adding some glow and luminosity…not to mention some glowing starfish and a elegant swan.

This magical scene had humble beginnings. Source:  @judith.khlk

This magical scene had humble beginnings. Source: @judith.khlk

The before image as shot by Judith.

The before image as shot by Judith.

How Judith brought this image to life

The moon we’re sitting on was a big circled swing. We passed it every day when I someday thought that it actually looks like a moon. We’ve taken many pictures just swinging on it. I later used Photoshop to cut us out, add light to the moon to make it glow. I took pictures of the starfish as well and built everything else with stock images.



Thank you to Judith for sharing some of your secrets and original photos with us. Judith is our guest mentor for our June lighting challenge #cs_lightemup running from 17-23 June 2019. To see more of Judith’s whimsical photography you can follow her on Instagram @judith.khlk.