Photographer Mom Takes Fairytale Portraits of Her Kids to Show Timeless Magic of Childhood

Dreamy Childhood Photos by Elena Shumilova

Every day might not seem magical, but photographer Elena Shumilova has a penchant for making it feel enchanting with her dreamy portraiture. For years, she has been snapping photos of her family’s life around her home in the countryside of the Tver region in Russia. The images feature her kids as they explore the idyllic surroundings, often accompanied by furry and feathered friends.

Shumilova’s photographic techniques help cultivate a fairytale feeling in her work. Employing elements of warm light, a soft focus, and even a few props, there is a timeless feel to each image. While we know that these photos of her children are contemporary portraits, they look as though they could easily be plucked from a storybook in the 19th or 20th century. The time-bending images are a reminder that the simple joys in life—such as spending time with people and animals we love or traipsing around the outdoors—will never change.

Scroll down to see some of Shumilova’s latest images. If you’re interested in learning to shoot and edit like her, she has in-person workshops as well as online editing courses that demonstrate how she works in Photoshop.

Photographer Elena Shumilova shows the timeless magic of childhood in her dreamy portraiture.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Elena Shumilova.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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