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An attempt at a natural light portrait. Two things I should have done

is reflect light from the right and remove the telephone cord in the


I would appreciate your comments.

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I really like this picture. There is nothing too special about the lighting and the baby doesn't look too good, but there is something sweet and authentic about the mother. It looks a bit like a painting from some Dutch 17th century master. Very delicate and touching.
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The composition is fine, but you need some fill light to reduce the contrast so the right side of the faces will not be so dark. In this situation, you probably could get enough fill light by just using a large white card as a reflector.
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Thanks so much for your input.


The older girl is my 15 year old daughter, who is VERY insistant that I note she is not the mother. The little one is her cousin.

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There's something very beguiling in her expression. I agree with Philippe's comment that it's very reminiscent of a painting by a Dutch master - I think it's partly the way she looks, but also the composition. It's a very subtle, very satisfying photograph.
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