Caroline January 2016



Okay, this may sound silly, but I am kinda happy about¬†how pretty her hands look! ūüôā Hands are so very difficult to pose on non-models who are not trained to make their hands look soft and relaxed. The top photo, her hand is perfect. The hands in the bottom shot also look nice, although I wish her finger was curled under instead of pointing at her ear (like I said, hands are hard, and you really can’t tell¬†how they look because the camera sees in two dimensions, so you just gotta wait until the shot is on the screen).

Anyway, the little things, like posing hands, and making sure there isn’t a stray hair in the face, and that the bra strap isn’t showing (one of my ultimate pet peeves), and the light, of course. Always the light. The lighting is 100% planned and intentional. A bit short with the shadow falling on the cheek closest to the camera, but I also used a reflector for a little fill, but not too much. I shot this with an 85mm at 1.8 because I wanted a super shallow depth of field. I wanted the eye closest to the camera in focus with a subtle fall. If I had a 1.4, I would have shot it at 1.4, but I can’t justify the cost of a 1.4 when the 1.8 is pretty damn good for less than half the price of the 1.4.

Normally, I dislike¬†the matte¬†post-processing look, but I like it here, somehow¬†it works with her sweater. I realize this is all a bit technical, and probably a little dull, but that’s where I am.



Brandon is 17 and one of my daughter’s friends. He asked me to do some photos with him. Like most millennials, his experience with being photographed involves 1000’s of selfies and the occasional family photo session. I thought he did really well during the photo shoot. It wasn’t hard getting him to drop the “selfie face” and try more genuine expressions. There was some direction ¬†given for posing, but very light direction with emphasis on natural and comfortable postures. My daughter’s generation is more camera aware than any other, and¬†it has become second nature for them to slip into a pretty well-developed persona in front of the camera. The challenge is to persuade them to abandon it, even if just for¬†a few moments.