The L Family Child Portraits: 2 Boys, 2 Girls

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  1. NJMAN

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    Here are some from my latest portrait session with a few favorite regulars. I've previously done individuals of them from time to time. C&C always welcome. Thanks for looking. I appreciate it! :)

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    Thanks for looking! :)

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    Wow I love their eyes! The third one is my favorite. I think in 4 on my monitor anyway she has some splotchiness on her forehead and under her right eye. I can't tell if it's shadows or if there was something there that was taken out? Or like I said - this monitor sucks.
    I like the dreamy look of them, nice job! :)
     
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    i agree 3 is my fav! they are all very nice, but one thing i notice is that in all but 3, you are shooting down on them. i always think it is nice to shoot kids on their level.
     
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    Beautiful kids - love the photos! They are all very nice.
     
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    Thanks kathi, holga girl, and stella! I have shots of them all with different angles, but the ones I felt the most comfortable posting at first were the ones where they are looking up at me (#1, #2 and #4). Its just one of several styles that I like to do. I will try to post a few more with me shooting at their level.

    I really appreciate all of you taking the time to comment. It means a lot to me! :)
     
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    Hi Kathi,
    Im not sure why you are seeing splotchiness. Thats all of her natural skin. They look like shadows to me. Thanks for commenting. I always appreciate your time. :)
     
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    NJMAN, those are top notch. I agree they are dreamy, I would add a bit romantic too. In a sweet way. Did you layer in photoshop and blurr the background? Maybe their faces a little too? And sharpen the eyes? Or did you just use a macro lens? I'd be interested to know. SYKES3
     
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    Hi NJMAN,
    I actually love shots of kids when they are looking up at you. I think it's nice because it seems intentional, and it doesn't look as amateurish as the shots people get because they don't know to get down to their level. In those, the child is often not looking at you...
    I also really like the softening you've done on these. And, I do like the eyes as well, but in my opinion, I think they're a tad overdone on all of them except for the 2nd shot. Just a tad too oversharpened I think. I think it may just be the contrast between the nicely softened skin and then such sharp eyes is making it look too fake for my taste. I think if you toned it down just a bit they would look absolutely fabulous!
    I think these are the best you've posted so far. Really nice:)
     
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    I love them. Great job.

    I also see some "splotching" on the fourth. I have no idea what it is, but it looks like smudges with a big "healing" tool.
     
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    Cute kids and nice job. To me, except for the 3rd one, they seem to be cropped to tight though. Maybe as large wall prints with a nice big frame around them it would look different. The 3rd one to me is about right for the amount of space around him.

    Good exposure and color on them.

    Mike
     
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    Yeah like I said this monitor sucks bigtime! All that matters is what it looks like printed anyway and with the way you captured her beautiful eyes, her mom and dad aren't likely to notice if you tattoo'd LIFE SUCKS on her forehead! :)

    I love shooting kids from above them. In my opinion they give you such a genuine expression moreso than when you have a camera aimed right at their face straight across from them. Maybe if feels less intimidating but some of the true smiles I get out of kids with those angles are aweseme!
     
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    But I'm seeing it too, and my monitor is a high def NEC Widescreen calibrated weekly. I'm definately seeing something here. Maybe she was just flushed or something, but a little soft blur might help the splotchiness I'm seeing.
     

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