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.

Hacked Throat In the Woods

My daughter’s latest creation–the hacked throat. She did this makeup by using latex, toilet tissue, and fake blood. I suggested we stage the photo a bit more. Unfortunately, we do not have an axe. I think an axe would have looked¬†better than the knife. So this shot is the beginning of her portfolio. Depending upon what creepy makeup she creates in the future it may or may not ¬†end up in the final portfolio. This fall she is going out to LA and touring the Cinema Makeup School in Hollywood. That’s the program she wants to get into, eventually. She’s only a freshman, so a lot can still happen as far as what she wants to do, but I think she’s off to a good start if this is the direction she decides to go.

Here are the two best shots:
With Flash


Without Flash


I am leaning on the one with flash. It just has a more horror movie feel to it. What do you think?