'Bedtime Story' a look behind the scenes of my latest hamster picture

I often can't sleep at night because I have shoot ideas buzzing around in my head. This night wasn't any different. I'm a nightowl anyway and had gone to bed around 1am as usual. I was already thinking that I needed to be creating another piece of magic and had been working through a few ideas during that day. As the light went off I suddenly though of an idea......I wanted to do everything really small. A warm image, that leaves the viewer with a cosy feel. Out came my phone and into my notepad the idea took shape. Slippers, they are warm, so on to eBay to find a pair suitable for the idea in my head. Might as well buy them in my son's size so he can have them afterwards. I now needed something small to go in the slipper. In a previous image I had photographed three hamsters on their German Shepherd friend (see below)

Ok so now I now I have plenty of pictures of the subject. Next I need a light source. I have an old Tilly lamp in the studio which is often used for shoots. That will work perfectly. Now I need a 'bedside table'. Hmmmm this was the hardest one. Thinking of what I had at home that could be used.....a teacup! I have a wonderful teaset that belonged to my Grandmother, perfect. I feel a nice warm cup of tea would add an extra touch but it can't be in the teacup as that's too big. A thimble would be perfect. I was about to send my son to the sewing shop to buy a thimble when he reminded me we had one in our Monopoly set, perfect! Time for sleep now. 

A few days later when the slippers arrived I was out into the studio to set up my 'scene'. I'd already checked the direction of lighting in my hamster images as that has to match to look 'real'. I photographed the scene....

After doing this I thought the hamster needed his 'supper'. Back to the studio to photograph a crumbed biscuit in the same lighting as the 'scene'.....

Next task is to work out which hamster image to use.....

Now the hamster needed something to read. I have previously photographed books for a different image so looked through the album of book shots for one with the correct angle for this shot.......

Now the task of merging them all into a 'believable' image, which involves the magic of Adobe Photoshop. 

The result can be seen below.....
 

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