A good portrait always draws you in; tells you a little something about the subject. I always focus (literally and figuratively) on the eyes of my subject. What’s that saying… “the eyes are the windows to the soul”? I totally agree!
This girl has the most gorgeous eyes I’ve ever seen! I had so much fun photographing her senior portraits at Windansea Beach in La Jolla. In this particular image I used natural reflectors to highlight her eyes instead of a handheld reflector or camera flash. See that nice, even lighting across her face? That is achieved by having her sit in the shade. When you place your subject in the shade, you have to make sure to illuminate their eyes otherwise it’s no bueno. You’ll get dark, dead-looking eyes; first tip-off of amateur photography. Remember the window to the soul idea? You want the eyes of your subject to be bright and full of light; like … windows! So, I had her siting down in the shad facing the ocean. The sun sets over the ocean here on the west coast, and the ocean turned into one HUGE reflector (on this particularly sunny day). The sun’s rays bounced off the ocean into those beautiful eyes and we’re winning!