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The Young Goddess

By sthrn_gal
This is from a session with a young girl who wanted to be a goddess. I think she fits the role of a young Aphrodite perfectly.

Tags: Fashion Portraits and people

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Wonderful image - great work

Chris

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User_Removed 6 718 9 England
23 Nov 2009 6:42AM
Looks very miserable for a Goddess in my opinion, and her left shoulder looks very tense, maybe if her arm was draped lazily over the chairs arm the posture would look a little relaxed and Goddess like.

That said, the exposure is spot on, no burnt out highlights, can see plenty of detail in her fab frock, and the setting is superb, really fits with the theme. She is a very pretty girl but i feel its a shame that she was'nt smiling, even her eyes look a little sad, but its still a bloody good image nonetheless despite my negative observations, so i do hope i have not offended you in any way.

Alison H
23 Nov 2009 9:14AM
The clothing and hair work really well, and I like the overall tonality of the image, plus the plain (but not cold) background really brings out the model's warm tones and colours, so good work on those angles.

I'd have to agree wholeheartedly on the expression she has though, as not only does she not look very comfortable or happy, she actually looks decidedly UNhappy to me!

So I guess the main suggestion I'd make here is about you being in a position (as the photographer) to take more control of such things - remember, even if the model is paying YOU to take the photos, you're still the only one who can see their face/pose/expression etc, and so the responsibilty is on you to suggest changes and alternatives. Unsurprisingly, although some people are naturals, and some people who tout themselves as pro models are actually useless, I tend to find that the less experienced models are sometimes nervous and inexperienced (as you'd expect) and can be too busy worrying about sucking-in their stomach or whatever else to remember to keep the expression and other elements of the pose looking natural and relaxed (if natural and relaxed is what's required).

So, don't be afraid to direct models as you want, and take as long as you need to get it right. Almost anyone (pro or otherwise) in front of the camera will appreciate rather than resent some gentle direction. Smile
sherring Plus
8 46 13 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2009 9:34AM
Have to agree about her looking very Unhappy. Also for me that wall and the back of the seat have a very distracting slant to them. Maybe a different angle or making sure the camera was parallel to the model would have cured this.

Steve.
None of you have offended me in the least! I love honest critique because it helps me to improve. As a photo newbie, I need these sort of observations desperately. ^_^ I totally agree with the things that you've pointed out. The model was extremely stiff, and this was the closest to a smile that I could get. I think that it had a lot to do with having so many distractions in the form of family around her. See, she is my niece and I was practicing on her and 2 sisters. Not an easy task with both my stepmom and her stepmom making suggestions and such. I have since learned to ban extra people from photoshoots whether they are family members or not. Lesson learned on that one. lol

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