Sunday, September 15, 2013

Portraiture

Doing portraits is surprisingly hard.  You try to capture the essence of a person's character while struggling to achieve several technical goals.  The difficulty is magnified when you're both photographer and model.

As hard as it is, I enjoy doing this.  The exercise uses all of my creative talents -- photography, lighting, fashion, makeup, etc.  The process is artistically rewarding.

Here, I decided to mix two colors I've never seen together: purple and gold.  There's purple in my necklace and new lip color.  There's gold in my top and eye-shadow.  I made special effort on my makeup (including false eyelashes, again) because the face is the focus of every portrait.

What do you think?  Of this as a portrait?  Of the colors?  Of the top and jewelry?  Of the makeup?


38 comments:

  1. Hi Ally, you are getting better and better. This is another gorgeous portrait of you. The top matches the color of your eyes perfectly. Your makeup is awesome. Love the falsies on you. Perfect. And the necklace is darling. About the colors. You can't go wrong with yellow (as in the gold) and purple as they are complimentary colors. The blue shade in your lipstick is a perfect match for the necklace. There is just one word Ally. PERFECT!

    Have a beautiful Sunday
    Lenya

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  2. This is such a lovely portrait! If I want a decent portrait of myself, I need to get my husband to take it with the fancy camera. On my own, with my point-and-shoot, I always revert to a terrible rictus.

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  3. Beautiful portrait. I really like how your backdrop and the golds in your top and your eye shadow and eye colour play off each other. The purple and lip colour really pop against them. It's hard to achieve a relaxed result but you've really got it here.

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  4. you look gorgeous. the false lashes look so great on you. i feel like every time i wear them i end up gluing half my eye shut

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  5. Brava! You suit these warm tones of gold and that rich pinky-purple. Well done on the colour-mixing! Your make-up looks super!

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  6. GORGEOUS!!
    That necklace is stunning against the metallic gold!!

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  7. This portrait makes you look approachable, open and friendly. Like someone I might strike up a conversation with in a public place, and end up chatting with for an hour!

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  8. I like all of it - the light, the slightly tousled hair, the smile, the lip color - but I'm not too keen on the necklace. But the important thing is that your personality comes through - it's lovely!

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  9. Very pretty--are your eyes green? I am horrid at portraits and will now only do candids, even when we hire a photographer for family pictures, they have to candid.

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    1. Yes. They look brown at a distance but, up close, you can see they're green.

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  10. I really really really like your make-up in this shot. I LOVE that lipstick and the golden tones in the eyeshadow really make your eyes pop. I have a hard time taking portraits, even selfies. Yours turn out amazing!

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  11. Very nice close-up photo. Love the colors of the accessories too.
    Daphne.

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  12. Purple and gold work together really well. Btw I think you and I have a very similar eye color :)

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  13. it's a blinder of a shot! and a full face shot, which I think is difficult to pose and shoot, the result is so natural and beautiful x x

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  14. Ally!! You nailed it! Wow - I'm so impressed by the every element. Love it love it ... you're such an inspiration.

    Hugs
    W

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  15. I think you did a superb job with your make-up! That gold near your eyes really enhances their color too!
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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  16. I agree with Lenya- you're getting better in leaps and bounds! Your eyeshadow is a gorgeous color and artfully applied, your lashes bring out your eyes, the lighting is soft and glowy, and your lovely smile and personality shine though. Awesome portrait, Ally (:

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  17. Hehe, purple and gold are the Minnesota Vikings colors, so I'm quite used to seeing them together! But I have to say, I like what you did here! Everything about this looks so nice together and it's like a professional portrait - seriously! Great job!

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  18. I started reading what you had written and as I moved the screen up I saw the photo and our my mouth popped "Oooh ooh ooh you look gorgeous!!!!" I LOVE everything about this portrait ... your hair, make up, choice of outfit, the photography is amazing, the background, the lighting ... have I missed anything???? Can I say it again??? I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Did you take this yourself ?
    If you did, WOW - it looks like a professional shot.
    And you kicked it up a notch with the makeup and accessories.
    Muy bonito ALly.

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    1. Yup. It feels good to get better at things.

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  20. That really is a beautiful portrait. The makeup, colours and smile are fabulous!!!! X

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  21. The eye-shadow and lip color look AWESOME on you!

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  22. i love the portrait! i think it all works really well together. Purple is a great colour for you!

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  23. Purple and gold are brilliant colours to mix together and purple in particular really brings out hazel eyes like yours. Perfect combination, you look great

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  24. It's a lovely portrait. The make-up is well done and understated!

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  25. That purple statement necklace is gorgeous and it pairs beautifully with gold!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  26. This is pretty much the perfect portrait. Coming from a graphic designer standpoint, I could easily see this as your website/about picture if you ever decided to come out more publicly because you're looking at your camera just the right way, the colors all work perfectly, and the composition is just right. Your makeup looks flawless, and the gold and purple complement each other wonderfully. I think you look just beautiful.

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  27. I looooove the purple and gold, and the gold eyeshadow is awesome! I'm a little jarred by the lipstick, though...maybe it was intentional to keep everything from being too matchy-matchy? Your hair looks fab, too :)

    Anyway, as for the portrait as a whole, I think it really allows your true beauty to shine through! It's very well-done and I love the soft lighting.

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  28. These colors work quite well in combination. Makes sense considering how gold is closest to yellow on the color wheel and purple and yellow are complimentary colors.

    Great shot.

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  29. Wow, Ally! Your make up is beautiful. Everything about it is lovely and perfect.
    Love the soft sideswept bang and soft curl to your hair too. I would probably find this shade of lipstick one of my personal favorites. Could you share the brand and color, please? :)

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    1. Sure. It has quickly become my favorite. It's "Hot Plum" (900) from the New Vivids collection by Maybelline. You can find it in any drugstore.

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  30. This is great! How are you doing portraits? I cannot seem to get the hang of them. I like photos like these because I can see your makeup and the details on that necklace!

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  31. I think the top brings out the highlights in your hair and your eyes. The subtle color choices of the necklace and lipstick allow your face to shine. Lovely!

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  32. Makeup looks amazing and I love the statement necklace. Very chic!

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