Okay, this may sound silly, but I am kinda happy about how pretty her hands look! 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.