Matthew Teetshorn's picture

Recent Portrait Session

Had a great session this last weekend with a local model. Shot on my X-T3 with AD200 Pro in a MagBox for key on some shots. Some were just shot with a diffusion panel held overhead to soften the sun.

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Eric Robinson's picture

While the model looks lovely I’m not sure about either her pose or the emotion she is projecting.I think, in my opinion, her skin and eyes in particular have been overworked so much so that her face in image 1 looks divorced from the rest of the frame. From a more general point of view the background jars, and I’m not sure if the fence and vertical line on the left do anything for the shot.
I really like the composition in shot 2, the contrasting colours work well. Though for me the body position of the model and her expression both convey a lack of interest, but possibly that was your intention.
In the third shot I find both the grass over the face and the disconnected hand to be distractions.
Overall for me a portrait has to give something to the viewer, let’s not forget one of our most basic hardwired skills is reading facial expressions of others. The facial expressions in all three shots is just too neutral verging on being disinterested. I’m just wondering how much time did you devote to talking to the model about what kind of emotion you were looking for. In each shot?
Please remember these are just my opinions Nothing more, nothing less.

Matthew Teetshorn's picture

Thanks for the feedback! It's interesting how you talk about how you responded (or didn't) to the expressions. We shot a lot of different photos and these were the expressions that I actually responded to and found something in that was interesting to me. There are others that are different, but I guess we all see something different in each photo.

Eric Robinson's picture

It’s all so subjective I suppose, but I do feel the fashion industry/ social media have both had a negative impact on portraiture particularly for images of women, where no imperfections are allowed. Skin is regularly smoothed out to within an inch of its life and eyes whitened to Such an extend that what we are left with is a parody of a human being.

Matthew Teetshorn's picture

Well, I certainly hope you're not suggesting these photos are "parodies of a human being", seeing as this is what she actually looks like, but to each their own.

Eric Robinson's picture

You’re correct the comment I made was not directed to these particular photos.

Matthew Teetshorn's picture

Thanks! I do appreciate all your feedback though. I'm still trying to ride the line between natural and professionally retouched.

Angela Perez's picture

Too much frequency separation on the skin this is really noticeable based on the halo it creates around the edges of the eyebrows, mouth and hairline.

Matthew Teetshorn's picture

I really appreciate your feedback. However, there is no frequency separation haloing in any of these images. I just went back and quadruple checked the originals. Any edges in these photos was present from either makeup or lighting.

Matthew Teetshorn's picture

I posted a before and after of the fence headshot to get some feedback. If you have a second I'd love for you to check it out and see if you have the same critique or anything new to make sure I'm moving in the right direction.

https://fstoppers.com/groups/330/critique-and-feedback-group/404972/and-...

Matthew Teetshorn's picture

To whoever just found all the pictures I shot of this model in my profile and rated them 1 star, I'd love to hear your feedback about where I could improve. I actually really like these images and think they turned out well. I'm not perfect and I'm always looking to improve, and your feedback could help me see my images from a new perspective that maybe I haven't considered before. :)