When a client brought a mermaid tail to her daughter’s riverside portrait session in Hunt last summer, photographer Bella Shearhart was hooked.

     She immediately thought of her own 4-year-old daughter Elliot’s love of mermaids and a new, magical concept set sail. She and Elliot explored the idea during a family vacation to Florida. The results were so joyful and colorful that the local photographer decided to make it part of her summer repertoire for Hill Country families.

     Although she said maneuvering small, wet subjects in tails and makeup can be challenging, the finished product delights both artist and client alike.

     “I love to edit these images (which I call “dream portraits”) and turn them into something magical. But hearing how happy I have made families is the most rewarding part,” Shearhart said. “These special portraits have certainly made a big splash on social media.”

     To schedule a nautical-themed adventure for your child, visit www.bellaphotographytexas.com or search Bella Photography on Facebook or Instagram.

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