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Discussion in 'Formal Portraits and Weddings' started by cwilt, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. cwilt


    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Is this image to serious for a senior shot?

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  2. YES!
    Charles, it's a wonderful photo, but really show this lovely lass to be very moody and perhaps a bit withdrawn.

    For a photo of this type, I'd think it would better to portray her in happier light.

    aka beaucamera
  3. I'd have to agree - it probably is a little too dark for a yearbook and all that. I see stuff like this on suicide helpline ads. Regardless, it is a very nice photo - I like the emotion it conveys!

  4. OCIR


    Mar 24, 2009
    she looks like she doesn't want her photo taken. lol!
  5. ubetcha


    Nov 12, 2006
    San Diego, Ca
    Virginia put it better than I could.... I agree, the photo makes her look moody or even depressed, not serious. Graduation is only "serious" if you don't graduate.
  6. threeputt


    Nov 13, 2006
    I have two daughters, that looks like the classic "why is he making me do this pose":biggrin:
  7. cheddar


    Dec 17, 2008
    Houston, TX
    One word: angst. She doesn't have to smile, but she shouldn't look depressed.
  8. cwilt


    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Its not like I was torturing her. :eek: 

    She enjoys acting so I tried to get more than just the standard looks. No studio shots in the yearbooks here as they are all outdoors. I do studio head shots as a warm up before we go outside.
  9. cwilt


    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    proof that I can get a smile too

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  10. Ha! What a contrast. That would make for a much improved high-school photo. Nice job! And, if you are into retouching, perhaps get the two spots of hairs on either shoulder?
  11. The second shot is much better. She looks like she is happy to be a senior now lol
  12. cwilt


    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Final retouch happens after they have made their final cuts.:wink:

    She is a very happy person and can go from expression to expression easily.

    I think some people on the cafe might have problems stepping outside the box of normal poses and expressions.:tongue:
  13. rbellphoto


    Jun 8, 2006
    I agree. Especially when it comes to senior pix. I don't do yearbook pix. IMHO, that's one step away from a passport photo. Instead, I try to capture a bit of personality with each senior that I shoot and I try to give them something that is going to last longer than the graduation date. If that means a non-smiling, serious and distant expression, then so be it.
  14. Paintguru


    Dec 28, 2006
    Detroit, MI
    I like #1 myself, at least from a photographic point of view. I guess if it was for a yearbook, then #2 would work.
  15. cwilt


    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Bob and Chris,

    I get the specifications required by the yearbook and then just put them in the back of my mind and shoot like I normally would. It may be their yearbook but its still my image. :wink:
  16. I agree to some extent. Non-smiling, serious, distant... even pensive. But, I still think this photo just looks angry. If she likes it, then I think it was a success. But, I hope she doesn't put it in the yearbook!
  17. cwilt


    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    As I said in a previous post, this is not a yearbook picture. I shoot for 5 different local schools and all require outdoor scenes and not studio shots.
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