What we knew about Miss Mya as we put together outfits for a day at the beach is she's super-fun to work with and one of the sweetest kids on the planet. And we knew we'd get some great looks from her.
What we didn't know is she is an amazing voice-over artist. She can imitate everyone from Applejack from My Little Pony to the Queen of England. Oh, yeah, and she can sing, too! Miss Mya V. is awesome!
TECH STUFF: It was a pretty cloudy day -- as you can tell from the gray ocean in the last image -- so we shot everything at around 6500K with a Canon 5D MKIII and a 70-200mm f2.8 and a bit of reflector action here and there. Her skin is pretty flawless so most of the retouching, beyond the basics in Lightroom, was balancing highlights and shadows. I used a gradient mapping technique I learned from Pratik Naik, which is a pretty effective way to manage skin tones, along with the usual frequency separation things I've been doing for awhile.