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?