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I love this shot, except for a detail that I think you can fix if you want to. Her neck and face look unusually pale compared to the rest of her skin (basically, her arms). It can be a challenge to match the tones, but usually its the face alone that would be too light, if the MUA didn't do their job properly and blend the base on the face, to match the tones of the body. In this case, you might be able to burn it (chest & face) down a bit, but try not to let it go too red. I'd also like to see a more definite situation with her eye (the one we can see). I can't tell if its closed, or slightly open, and which you intended. I'd prefer to see her looking at the camera (even with only one eye, while the other is behind her hair), but I'd settle for her looking off-camera, or even closed eye. Other than that, I like it alot, but I wonder how this becomes a senior portrait? I mean, I don't do senior portraits, but if I recall, shouldn't she be in a studio or with a cap & gown or something? I seriously don't know - I've never shot a senior portrait in my life. I'm aware they've changed a bit since MY senior portrait (ours were painted [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]), and if this what they use, its great, but go ahead and enlighten me.
Andy Pearlman Studio
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Thanks for the reply Andy. You certainly nailed it as far as what was bothering me about this image.
The skin tone difference is my own fault and I can fix it. Basically I dodged her face too much obviously to try and soften the shadows a bit. I need to go in an work with that some more I think and make it not so obvious!!
The eye situation I'm not sure how to fix [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] But I do see what you mean. Suggestions?
And no, you're partially
correct. This is not your typicaly senior portrait and that was the difficulty honestly. She's used to "modeling" and I'm used to "shooting models" so we had to work hard not to come up with "model" looking shots if that makes sense. This shot will not be one they choose (her and her mom) for her portraits I'm sure.
But with that said I did try and step outside the box on a lot of the shots and add some "appeal" to them vs. doing the canned in the studio work. We shot completely outdoors in natural lighting. I figure if you can take a few young ladies that our more on the popular side of the crowd in school. Make them look like they belong on the cover of Seventeen, but still keep it somewhat traditional for Mom & Dad making everyone happy, then I might
be able to make a name for myself locally for Senior Portraits!!
Anyways, thank you for the feedback. Very much appreciated.
Here are a few that are not so "modelish" [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]