Princess photo experiment

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I say princess because my little girl won the title of VBS Princess tonight!  She is so thrilled.  She memorized tons of verses, and was a generally great kid this week.  I love to see that kind of thing rewarded.image

Anyway, I found this image online a few weeks back and was really struck by it.  It’s pretty amazing!  I’ve done a fair bit of reading on photography, and love stuff that uses a very shallow depth of field.  My best work, or at least my favorite, is of small things – even small parts of big things.  Also, a rule of thumb with portrait photography is that the eye must be in focus.  Everything else can be soft – but clear eyes make the photo.  They truly are the window to the soul.  image

Inspired by this shot, I took a few snaps of Liv tonight after dinner.  I didn’t want her in make up.  I wanted a natural look.  I’m bummed, because if you look closely, you can see me reflected in her eyes – but I don’t know how to avoid that.

Which is your favorite?  These are my top contenders, and I’m thinking of having one blown up and framed.  She looks like a fresh faced twelve year old in summer.  Freckles and all.


Does the smile matter?  I like how it really brightens up her eye.  Do you like the strict half-face, or is a hint of her other eye a bit better?  I really like the one where she’s not even looking at me – it’s got a nice wistful feel.

The professional clearly used a much deeper field than I did, but then again, I didn’t have the photo to go by when I was shooting. I just had my memory and how it made me feel.

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