First portraits of Spring

Sunshine at last, and the promise of wonderful warm morning light for months to come. This portrait of Will was taken around 10am in front of two big windows which gave the scene lots of diffused light but removed any top light which would have detracted from his vivid eyes. I sat him on the edge of the table (safely, of course) so that he wouldn’t lunge at the camera while I hid and peeped out from behind it.

Then I went outside and photographed Will through a pair of French doors. To make through-the-window portraits work, it’s important to pay attention to the way light is reflecting off the glass so that it doesn’t conflict with the focal point of the image, in this case his face. I raised the contrast of the image so that the white paint work turned into a natural but asymmetric border, making a strong frame for the portrait.

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