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karinprzybilski June 08, 2017
Beautiful capture & composition!!! :)
 
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Lovely portrait! Congrats on your finalist award!
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sharilee October 09, 2017
I love this!
 
reneeprewittpickett December 10, 2017
This is soooo precious!!!!????????????????????
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So very good
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Love your BTL. Thank you.
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A very emotive portrait.
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Beautiful!
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Nailed it!!!
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Beautifulđź’“
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tmlakshmi May 01
beautiful. voted
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marcbaechtold May 13
great composition with nice colors and good contrast, keep shooting!
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Very touching and tender image!
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angiemartin Jun 25
Love this
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I had a baby shoot and wanted to give the family something to never forget about how precious and small their daughter was.
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Won Contest Finalist in Anything Babies Photo ContestJuly, 2018
Won Contest Finalist in Black And White Compositions Photo Contest vol2April, 2018
Won Contest Finalist in A Sense Of Touch Photo ContestSeptember, 2017

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Behind The Lens

Location
This was my first baby portrait session I have had. I took this photo in a friend's home whom is pictured here with her daughter. We stayed in the front yard and also inside in a dimly lit room.
Time
We started shooting early around 10 or so and I didn't feel comfortable using only natural lighting, which is why I ended using a flash.
Lighting
I really wanted to boost my portraits game, so beforehand I practiced shooting everything with my flash from cats, to selfies, even potpourri! I knew I wanted to just see the hands together in frame and to get everything else to appear black. I set my flash with a small softbox about 2 feet away at 45 degrees from my subject on a high power and reduced my shutter all the way to 1/320s. I still had to darken the background in post processing but if I had used a flash with ttl it could have been done in camera.
Equipment
I used my Nikon D7000 paired with my nikkor 18-108mm F/3.5-5.6, Yongnuo 560 IV and receiver, Photoflex xsmall softbox.
Inspiration
I wanted to show the scale of a baby compared to and adults hand. I knew that blacking out the background would give the portrait a more dramatic and classic look.
Editing
I did indeed. I put this into Photoshop where I reduced blacks, boosted whites, and painted in the black vignette to completely disguise the background.
In my camera bag
Everything! I have turned into a mule because I regret not having brought something along. For filters I use a Hoya HD Circular Polarizer, Hoya Pro 1 UV, and my favorite, the Hoya ND400 with a 9x stop of light. I carry my Nikon D7000 and D750 with my 35mm Nikkor F/1.8, a Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6, my nikkor 18-108mm F/3.5-5.6, Yongnuo 560 IV and receiver, and lastly my cable release and my 3-Legged Thing Albert Equinox tripod.
Feedback
I really enjoy filling a frame with my subjects when taking portraits. I find this really focuses on the individual(s) and makes you connect with them through a picture. It also helps to zoom in, which will cut out any distractions. Also adjust your aperture to blur your background. When you use a flash make sure to get as close to your subject without being in frame to achieve soft even lighting. Also remember to breathe and have fun shooting!

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