f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-200, 55mm

I spent about 4 hours yesterday doing senior portraits of a young lady who, I’ve noticed, enjoys posting “selfies” on Facebook, pictures of herself in a mirror with her camera phone. The idea of the selfie is something I’m not stranger too (just look at all the narcissistic photos I have of myself on this blog) but it’s something I wondered if I could incorporate into her portrait session. On the other hand, her step-mother expressed great interest in a shot that would really bring out the young woman’s eyes, as they are very much like her grandmother’s.

The idea I came up with was to give myself many years of bad luck and light her from the front, but shoot her from behind, focusing on a shard of mirror reflecting only her eyes and lit dramatically and sharply different from the background. It’s not the sort of senior picture she’s likely to hand out to her friends, but it might be the sort that her mother hangs on her wall with fondness, wonderful memories, and pride.

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  1. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat June 16, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    I really like this shot. What a great idea.

    • AJBopp June 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

      Thank you! It came to me late randomly one afternoon, but it seemed fitting for her and potentially very cool. I want to continue this idea in other shots and with different backgrounds – and I want to see about a great depth of field (which would only work for a much less busy background than this one). We’ll see what the future hold. I brought myself 14 years’ bad luck preparing for this 🙂

  2. Anonymous June 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Very cool shot! Extremely creative and well done!

  3. Cardinal Guzman June 18, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    Cool, creative and original!

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