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i have a secret passion for portraiture... and it's the type of photography that's the most intimidating for me.
i want the subject to feel that the image expresses his/her sense of self, and i want it to be emotionally moving for the viewer. i want it to be technically skillful and aesthetically pleasing.
i don't want to be a pain for the
and i really don't know enough about portraits.
three currently favorite photographers who do amazing portraits (among other work) -- on flickr -- are betie bet (recent example, the thinker), L.J. (recent example, (untitled)), and sunmamma (recent example, I will always remember the day the sun shone dark on your hair & I forgot where we were & kissed you lightly on the nose & suddenly there was no more secret.).
alexander was willing to humor me. as we sat down to lunch with friends several days ago, with no preparation and with intense light on one side and darkness to his right, i gave it a go.
alex is good-looking and confirmation of the fact is welcome. besides that, tell me what you think of the picture... constructively? (she asks nervously).