October 14, 2009

So Poised

I had seen this young lady several times during the afternoon before I took this photo. She was not only poised but also very graceful and kind to the smaller children. She seemed to be so mature beyond her young years.

In this photo, I wanted to capture her stare. She was not afraid to look straight at you.


Camera settings: Nikon D3, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 at 200mm, shot at ISO 200, f/4 and 1/180th of a second.

Post Processing:

Lightroom—Set white and black points, added mid-tone contrast, added overall clarity and vibrance to image and adjusted brightness, clarity and sharpness of eyes.


  1. Beautiful little girl. Great skin tone, expression and catchlight in her eyes. Her curling hair seems to frame her face. The watch band pulls my eyes off some, but there is nothing you can do about that in an environmental portrait.

    The position of her fingers on her hand being clasped indicates she is somewhat independent. She is not holding firmly to the other person, rather allowing them to hold onto her. She almost appears to be challenging you with her eyes and somewhat questioning look.

    Nice job capturing her stare.


  2. You got her stare, but you also got a lot more. She seems so natural in front of your camera. The tilt of her head is perfect. Nice lighting.

  3. Great image Larry. I agree with the other comments. Oh and of course I like the plastic helmet too...lol

  4. I think you need to get this little girl's name, address and telephone number. She might be the next super model. That look is great and you got it.
    PS This is the same look at get from my daughter who is probably about the same age.

  5. Very nice portrait. I noticed in these last two images that there is part of an adult in the photo too. And I've seen that in other photos of kids you've posted here in your blog. Do you ask them to separate for the photo? Or do you have any rules you follow about how to pose the kids and whether or not the adult is included? Just curious.

  6. Really fine work. You seem to get to the essence of people, especially children in your photos.