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Photographer

BrandonLundby

Posts: 117

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I'm liking this shot a lot but I'm not sure if it's portfolio worthy. Just wanted to get some other opinions on it as well as an overall critique.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/420206_422511544505900_1549643589_n.jpg

Feb 25 13 02:45 pm Link

Photographer

RachelReilly

Posts: 1743

Washington, District of Columbia, US

I think you could use it.
You don't have too many dark portraits like this.
I'd crop the bottom a bit though
Like up to her hair or at least elbow

Feb 25 13 02:48 pm Link

Model

Raekay

Posts: 33

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, US

Well, I am not a photographer...but I think it is absolutely beautiful.  I, as an aspiring model would love to have a photograph such as this of myself in my own portfolio!

Feb 25 13 02:48 pm Link

Photographer

AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12916

Atlanta, Georgia, US

I think the crop just below the elbow is a little odd.  I think I would like it more if it were a bit tighter.

Feb 25 13 02:50 pm Link

Photographer

BrandonLundby

Posts: 117

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Thank you guys! I didn't catch that but I definitely see it now

Feb 25 13 02:52 pm Link

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Model

Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

LOVE the face and the photography aspect. But then my eyes go down and it gets awkward. I can't pinpoint it, but either her elbow is too big or her waist is too small (like, weird small) but something seems off in that area.

so I think maybe a bit more work, but other than that great picture!

Feb 25 13 02:53 pm Link

Photographer

BrandonLundby

Posts: 117

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Anna Adrielle wrote:
LOVE the face and the photography aspect. But then my eyes go down and it gets awkward. I can't pinpoint it, but either her elbow is too big or her waist is too small (like, weird small) but something seems off in that area.

so I think maybe a bit more work, but other than that great picture!

Thank you! I totally agree that her waist is oddly small, I actually fattened up her arm and waist!

Feb 25 13 02:55 pm Link

Artist/Painter

MainePaintah

Posts: 1826

Saco, Maine, US

A truly fascinating portrait. I just sat and stared at her staring off! But it definitely needs a much tighter crop. Elbow line looks wonky and super thin waist makes me look down there instead of her face.

Feb 25 13 03:01 pm Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7319

New York, New York, US

I have to agree, a better crop should do it! Aside from that, I like it!

Feb 25 13 03:10 pm Link

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Model

Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

B C L wrote:

Thank you! I totally agree that her waist is oddly small, I actually fattened up her arm and waist!

and I have nothing against small waists, it's just that (like you say) it looks a bit odd here. I would "fatten it up" a little bit more still (it's not a lot that needs to be done, but just a little push could make a difference), and maybe her elbow a bit more elegant compared to the rest of her arm. other than that, it's awesome smile

Feb 25 13 03:14 pm Link

Photographer

BrandonLundby

Posts: 117

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Here's a cropped version, Let me know what you guys think!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130225/15/512bf0ba57d32.jpg

Feb 25 13 03:18 pm Link

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Model

Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

like the cropped version better smile

Feb 25 13 03:19 pm Link

Photographer

RachelReilly

Posts: 1743

Washington, District of Columbia, US

B C L wrote:
Here's a cropped version, Let me know what you guys think!
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130225/15/512bf0ba57d32.jpg

Much better

Feb 25 13 03:27 pm Link

Photographer

BrandonLundby

Posts: 117

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Awesome, thanks again, It has been deemed worthy haha

Feb 25 13 03:38 pm Link

Photographer

Mark

Posts: 2918

New York, New York, US

think the BG color is a poor choice - did you use a bounce board to get more light into her eyes?  And it would lessen the nose shadow .Need some more light in the hair IMHO

Feb 25 13 10:10 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 39088

Portland, Oregon, US

I like the cropped version, just wish I knew why people love to cut off the top of models' heads. hmm

Feb 25 13 10:26 pm Link

Photographer

DScottPhotography

Posts: 141

Bradford, England, United Kingdom

Amazing image, but def use the cropped version, she does look unnaturally thin in the full version. Love the darkness of it though, and the background.

Feb 26 13 06:09 am Link

Photographer

Matt Forma

Posts: 373

Denver, Colorado, US

She's sexy

Feb 26 13 09:47 am Link