For this project, I worked mainly in Photoshop CC. I created layer upon layer adding each of the elements, cropping and moving them until I had the right composition that I thought works well. This meant that things had to get flipped and cropped. The dappled light on the ground gave me an idea to increase that effect by adding a layer mask for the dappled light overlay.
When looking at photos for compositions it's a good idea to look for things that can lead the eye. Here the center divider was the perfect tool to lead the viewer's eye from the figure right into the imaginary forest setting.