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.