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.
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.
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.