Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Portrait Making

I want to share one of my favorite portraits that I've taken along with a few of the unedited shots from the same shoot.
The end product came to fruition through some crafty post-production work; by exercising some simple tricks in Adobe Lightroom, I transformed an ordinary portrait into something sublime. The first 3 are cute and work on a certain level, but once I changed the colour and gave it a warm tone to match the natural warm background, I ended up with something a little out of the ordinary. I also broke one of the first rules in portrait making... never centre your subject!
This image became my favorite of the shoot because all of a sudden it was no longer just a little girl posing for a nice picture; her gaze along with her placement in the frame suggest otherwise and give the viewer more to contemplate.
She is the centre of the world, yet she is all by herself.


  1. I love the third image, that expression is hilarious!!

  2. adorable!

    Rule #1. Break the rules as much as you want.

  3. I LOVE the last portrait! Rules are for the unadventurous. This is a great example of not staying in the realms of the "norm" and coming up with a wonderful shot. Her eyes just pop with intensity! Bravo!

  4. You have a fantastic eye, love the site, keep it up!

  5. Thank you everyone, thank you very much. *blush*