Portrait Practice


mike flash_72





I am excited to have some more portrait work to do over the next few weeks.

These are my first preliminary shots for Mike. Looking back, I quite like the full face look, and I’m intrigued to take more like it. It’s not exactly the most technically demanding or original thing to do, but then again it is very interesting to observe the difference that a shadow, a flash of light, a change of expression can bring. And the story in a persons face always intrigues me, I love to see it there.

It might be interesting to record the other faces in my life in this way.

As I have said before, I just love to work with natural light. Possibly this is because I have done more of it so far, and so this is where I am most comfortable, but I think I will always have a love for it. Every shot I take I learn something new about light!

I will also be taking some photographs for my friends Katie and Paul over the next few weeks, and their lively family of geese, ducks, dogs and cats. I will be attempting to capture them all, which should be a fun challenge!


14 thoughts on “Portrait Practice

  1. Cath, I really like both the first and last image! You’ve got a fine eye … keep it up! Don’t be nervous about the upcoming shoot – you’re going to have a great deal of fun from the sounds of it. Just stay in the moment. Strikes me, this is where the best work lies, always.

    1. Ah, thanks Sydney, you always say the most encouraging things, I really appreciate it! Yes you are absolutely right – to stay in the moment, I shall tell that to my brain! good advice for life really too..:)

  2. These are great, Cath. I love the tenderness of the last one.
    Portraits are so interesting, aren’t they? It’s like trying to capture the essence of a person and somehow you know instinctively when it’s working. I hope we get to see more, I know they will be beautiful.

    1. Lovely words, thanks Karen..yes it’s odd how you know when that spark is there, something of the person captured for a moment..I love looking for it!

  3. These are all great, but the first one is my favourite – Mike’s direct gaze is compelling and his expression seems both quizzical and vulnerable. It’s a really interesting, ambiguous portrait. Really good.

      1. Thanks Richard – that means a lot coming from you! You’re so great at finding the soul in the person..

  4. Great images – I agree with Richard: the first image draws you straight in. However, my favourite is the second one. There’s so much going on behind those eyes – he knows something you don’t, either in a sinister way, or, oddly, in a Matt Smith 11th Doctor way… (Odd combination, I know, but I say what I see! πŸ™‚ )

    Great shots, though! πŸ˜€

    1. Haha, great thoughts, thanks Richard – he does have that quality to him, (in a non sinister way..!) I’m quite chuffed that people appear to have been able to read something of him from his portrait..

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