There is a new contest afoot with I Heart Faces. There is now a monthly prize, which is very cool, although just a 'winner' button was already a pretty great prize. This month is Black n White.
I chose to enter this maternity photo, which is a different angle on the face theme. I like how this shows the pregnancy, but really focuses on mom. The black dress and background really let mom be the center of attention, instead of just her tummy. It suggests her connection to her future child as she holds her belly and contemplates. It feels very calm and quiet to me.
Go take a look at more entries---they are always beautiful...
I had an easy time choosing a photo for today's I Heart Faces challenge. This was a recent shoot for a sweet newborn, Jordyn. I usually don't like bright colors for a baby shoot. I usually even tone down the black and white edits to a more subtle range. Newborn portraits just seem to beg for pastels and soft muted tones. But baby Jordyn had this special blankie that was hot pink. And Mom wanted to line the basket with it for a photo. So, I went along, and we decided to try the basket in the grass outside. When I saw the results, I was no longer wishing for the sweet soft pastels. The vibrant colors looked great, and might be a more fitting portrayal of this spunky little girl!
On Monday and Tuesday, I<3 Faces hosts a photography challenge every week. Here is my entry for GO RED. I just happen to have a recent photo of a little boy on a red carpet. Where do you find a red carpet? At a church, of course. Most folks don't get naked in the worship center, but we went there for this one. He is actually on a prayer shawl that was made for him by some of the ladies in the church before he was born. So, for this family, it is a meaningful place to have his baby photos made.
Check out some other entries here:
I am trying hard to not get star-struck, and just post my image like I normally would. But, wow. ok, ok.
This may not be the most obvious pick for the smile theme. But it is a perfect pick for my book. I love that you can tell he is smiling without even seeing his smile. The raised cheekbones and the rest of the face tell more than just lips. And I love that it wasn't posed, but he was actually in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with this little baby girl. It is not even all in focus, but it was sweet that she reached up to touch his face while we were shooting. Such a connection. Sometimes I feel like I should not be involved in such intimate moments, but I hope the family will appreciate getting to relive that precious second.
I have more to share later, but go to I Heart Faces to check out the other entries. There will be plenty of smiling moments to enjoy :)
I have had a hard time deciding which face to enter for the Best Face Photo of 2010 challenge over at the I Heart Faces site. Which is both a good and a bad thing. The good thing is that I had several images that I wanted to use! LOL That means that there has been a huge improvement this year...YAY!
In the end, I decided on this little girl from a December Christmas card shoot. She was absolutely sweet and such a mess! She alternated between posing, pouting and taking over my equipment. What a cute little helper. She made this particular expression in a lot of the photos. It was her "I'm so excited, I may bust!" face. I love the freckles, and the expression, and the fact that I wasn't going for a close-up. She just moved in on her own. I also loved getting cards this year that had images I had taken...how cool! This was one of the pictures on the front of their card in black and white (which I also loved!) It was one of the first sessions that I was asked to do, instead of recruiting the models. I guess it kind of represents a shift if my journey, so it means something special to me.
So, there is my face of the year. Head over to the site to see some beautiful work, and gorgeous faces of all shapes and sizes.
Mother of four. Wife to Steve. On an amazing journey through life, and taking photos along the way.
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