Some recent portraits...

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Here's a little of what I've been doing lately. Pretty much more of the same. The good news is I finally have some adult subjects to shoot soon so that will be a nice change. Business has been a little slow with things the way they are but it's been picking up lately. Anyways here's some shots. All shots D200 with either 28-70 2.8, 80-200 2.8 or 50 1.8. All exifs intact. :)

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And one of my son for good measure. :)
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It depends on the image but here's the basic. I fix blemishes on a duped layer to begin. Usually dodge the eyes very slightly, then dupe the original layer again, gaussian blur around 20% and set layer to soft light around 40-60% opacity. I then do levels, selective color, and color balance tweaks as necessary all on adjustment layers. The first two images I did one extra step to bring the color out in the stairs. I simply duped the image and used sponge too to really bring everything out then reduce opacity to taste. I could have gone the LAB color route but I hate all that masking. I have most everything in an action so the edits take about 2-4 minutes each. Thanks for the comments.
 
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Great shots! Number four made me chuckle out loud. I love how his blue eyes really pop! Nice bokeh too, in that shot...
 
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Nathan, All these should be winners in the parents eyes. You definitly have a great way of bringing out emotion in your photos. Great stuff.
 
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