Portrait of my friend's daughter...

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  1. LKP

    LKP TPF Noob!

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    I am trying to get a business going doing children's portraiture. I'm going for a natural and relaxed look utilizing natural light for now. How am I doing so far? Anyone doing this kind of work? Any pointers for me? Your feedback is appreciated!

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    I am practicing for work in children's portraiture. I don't plan to do it for a living though, I would like to make a little money to support my hobby and also be able to offer my professional services for volunteering. I have a long way to go, I have only been shooting for a couple months. I figure after a year I can charge people...before that i don't believe I will be consistent enough. I am practicing on my friends kids also.

    I think its a good start but I am not in love with this photo. she is looking off the screen...it makes the viewers eye lead off the page. Her head it chopped and the composition isn't that interesting. a pro though is that her eyes are nice and sharp which is a key to portraiture.
     
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    Hi there. I guess you could considering me someone who works in child portraits. I think you have a cute shot there. She definitely look relaxed and not posed. It's hard to offer advice on one photo because you will always have your own style. The one thing I will point out is the locations of the catch lights could be higher in the eyes...(think 2 o'clock). The eyes could also be a bit sharper...but it's just a personal preference thing.

    Good luck with your business!
     
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    A lot of good things here, nice shot.

    What really jumps out at me is all the dead space around here. Firstly, if this is a portrait, shoot in portrait orientation (not landscape). And don't be afraid to crop or get closer.
     
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    I see what you mean - Do you think this works better?

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    Very nice photo, I love the coloring of it. And of course a very cute little girl! The second crop is much better in my opinion. The only think I can see is maybe get the eyes a little sharper, perhaps more lighting could help too.

    Good Luck with your business, that is what I hope to be doing one day!
     
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    Much better! I agree with Dab on the lighting and eyes. Maybe a reflector would have helped light the dark side of her face using the natural light.
     

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