Trying to Make a Simple Portrait

I love my Granddaughters! I really do! Sometimes though it's a mission to try and make a simple portrait. On our way back from picking them up at Cape Town airport we stopped at Primi Piatti, a restaurant chain that you cannot really go wrong with. The stairs leading up had a beautiful brick wall to use as a backdrop for some nice quick portraits. So I thought. LOL! After many tries struggling with flipping hair and "two fingered puckered posers" and "duck faces". And, "my hair is not right." I finally got one image that I really like. The one you like is up to you so I posted them all.

Cape Town Winter Selfie - 174/365

The weather in Cape Town during Winter is much like Miami. It changes abruptly and can be extreme from one day to the next. Yesterday was a bright sunny day with no wind and beautiful waves. Today, very different and very cold. No run for me without cold protection as you see here!


High Contrast Self Portrait - 147/365

Here is another self portrait. Hopefully, this one isn't scary. I always see people making images in a mirror so I decided to try. I wanted to make it more interesting so I converted it to B&W and ended up with a high contrast image. Images with shadows are much more interesting because it requires you to imagine what may be in the shadows. My365Project - 147/365


Tessa and Jeremy Baby Belly Portraits

I met Tessa and Jeremy at Matheson Hammock Park for a portrait session of Tessa's Baby Belly. It is true what they say about a pregnant woman having a beautiful glow about them. Tessa is beautiful and just to keep you posted Aidan was born shortly after Christmas and is home with them. Jeremy and Tessa are a special couple and Jeremy was a good sport with all of my posing requests. Originally I posted and delivered these in color with a few Black and White images thrown in, in this post I wanted to emphasize and show the strength of B&W. If it was up to me the vast majority of my portraiture would be B&W because you are attempting to gain the emotion and character of the subject(s). It is my feeling that the color in the image is irrelevant in most portraiture. Of course there are always exceptions. Those exceptions in my opinion would be when the color is important to add to the image. Anyway here are six images I picked. Hope you enjoy them, and feel free to comment and/or critique.

Photo Shoot of Mariposa Rose in Wynwood Miami-September 2012

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Last weekend the plan was to shoot Mariposa Rose at the old Miami Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne, however after mapping the photoshoot in my mind I realized that for the varied shoot that we wanted, the backgrounds were rather limited. Additionally it is much more difficult to get inside. The obvious next choice was a trip down to Wynwood. We chose several spots while driving around and the abandoned toilet bowl was an obvious choice. I used a Canon 5D Mark III and used my Canon 50mm 1.2L Lens. Additionally I lit the shadows with my Canon 600EX RT Flash with a Rogue Flash Bender Diffusion Panel attached. The flash was used off camera with a dedicated three foot cord. I was thoroughly impressed with the performance of the Flash and Rogue Diffusion Panel. The light was incredibly soft compared with other flash modifiers I've used in the past. Anyway the shoot was a big success. You may wonder why I did not use my Canon 70-200mm 2.8L. Well it's rather simple I could not hold the camera, zoom, and flash by myself. Had I had someone else helping me I would have used both lenses. To see more images of Mariposa Rose Photo Shoot click on the image. It will take you to my Facebook Page. Last but not least, I would like to thank the Makeup Artist: Lourdes Gutierrez without whom this photoshoot would not have been possible. Obviously, by looking at these images she is truly an artist. Please visit her website to check out her work and available services at http://www.makeupbylourdes.com.