May 18, 2015


Filed under: Photo of the day, Photography, Photos — paul davis @ 8:24 am

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    Comment by Merilee — May 18, 2015 @ 9:17 am

    • Ah! So happy to hear that from you.

      Comment by paul davis — May 18, 2015 @ 9:20 am

      • I’ve been watching. Watching them get looser and more relaxed over time… just like the weeds in the fields 😉

        Comment by Merilee — May 18, 2015 @ 9:23 am

        • Your “treat them like weeds” advice comes to my mind all the time. I’d also say that I feel I fail to figure out how to do it all the time, too. But I believe it and hope it someday comes true.

          Comment by paul davis — May 18, 2015 @ 9:37 am

          • You will and you are. I can see it. I like to think of it as shaking out your hands when they become too stiff. It’s sort of like in my post on “not caring too much”. You need to care, just not too much. Your work is beautiful and becoming better all the time. You are on the fast track to becoming a stellar portrait photographer. Keep it up! 🙂

            Comment by Merilee — May 18, 2015 @ 9:40 am

          • I sometimes suggest that the people I’m shooting shake out their faces–I need to think of my part in shaking out the stiffness. I look at portraits all the time and realize I can’t even see that way, let alone capture images like that. So, lots of room for growth. And, very happy to have your encouragement.

            Comment by paul davis — May 18, 2015 @ 3:53 pm

          • Not everyone makes a good image subject. A lot depends on how comfortable someone is in their own skin. If you can be shooting away while they are talking or walking or working or whatever, and they pay absolutely no attention to you, that’s best. If someone gets all stiff and self conscious, then it’s over before it’s started. That’s when you either hand them a vodka tonic, or you find a way to get them to relax. Shake it out, take a deep breath and then have them talk about something they LOVE. Then you can catch them unaware of what is happening and BAM. You get the shot!

            Comment by Merilee — May 18, 2015 @ 4:29 pm

          • WAY good advice. So far I think I’ve discovered the ideal personality to act as an accelerant on whatever unease they bring into the encounter. Get their mind off it…hmmmm, there’s an idea.

            Comment by paul davis — May 18, 2015 @ 4:58 pm

  2. What I find particularly lovely about this photo of Catherine is the light. That light is just exquisite, and makes her simply stunning, with the lace and the stair rail leading your eye right up to her face. She’s relaxed, she knows who she is and makes no excuses about it. She’s someone I’d like to talk to. Which means, this one is a Hit. If you can make the viewer want to talk to your subject, you win 🙂

    Comment by Merilee — May 18, 2015 @ 4:37 pm

    • It was a very brief encounter with Catherine–only a handful of shots. She was waiting for a group shot on these stairs and a couple of people were late. Everyone else was standing around in the lobby, but she was sitting on the stairs, and I was leaning against the railing, and I thought, why in the world am I not taking her picture right now? So I said, do you mind? and she gave me something very much like this look.

      Comment by paul davis — May 18, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

      • Perfect! I have found that my best shots of other people are either completely candid, or with very little notice. Not a lot of time to think about it. Just do it. Before they realize and then stiffen up. I like to think of my camera as being like the breeze. It just blows through and visits for a moment and then it’s gone before they can catch it 😉

        Comment by Merilee — May 18, 2015 @ 5:29 pm

  3. Love the highlights and shadows. Spot on focus!

    Comment by allentimphotos2 — May 18, 2015 @ 6:54 pm

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