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Dec 20, 2016 13:43 |  #1

I'd like to order a canvas from one of these that will also serve as a sample to show clients. Which one is the most "print-worthy"?

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Dec 20, 2016 13:44 |  #2

2 and 3.

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Dec 20, 2016 13:52 as a reply to  @ atsilverstein's post |  #3

I asked the family (two male and two female). Three said no. 1, I said no 3.
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Dec 20, 2016 13:52 |  #4

I'm not a huge fan of canvas prints featuring individuals. I personally like them more for family group portraits. That said, I think that the last one here is best suited for a large canvas. The first one is a bit "too in your face close" and the second one clips the top of her head and is otherwise not as engaging as the last shot.


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Dec 20, 2016 14:04 |  #5

Ask a photographer versus a non-photographer and you'll likely get different opinions. That's why I have a hard time trying to second guess what clients like. I'm usually wrong...

No.1 is a straightforward, cute, typical portrait. Kind of 'run-of-the-mill' so I would say that appeals most to a client.
No.2 breaks away from the typical and introduces an element of creativity and individuality. Although no one expects her to really know how to play the violin at that age so it's definitely seen as a prop. Plus the expression speaks volumes of not being very happy with the pose.
No.3 has a combination of the two above. Lots of personality coming through while having a non-typical element in it. For me, that would be my choice but, as I said above, I'm usually wrong.

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Dec 20, 2016 14:27 |  #6

-Duck- wrote in post #18218857 (external link)
Although no one expects her to really know how to play the violin at that age so it's definitely seen as a prop.

Off-topic, but lots of parents introduce their kids to violin at age 2 or 3. My sister got a "late" start at age 5. This is why there's even a toddler sized violin to begin with... not just a prop. In photo #2, this little girl grips the body of the violin in the appropriate way for positioning the violin before playing it. She also shows that she knows how to generally grip the bow, based on how she's placed her fingers on it. I believe this girl does know how to play... and based on the 3rd photo, she loves her violin. Again... my vote for #3.


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Dec 20, 2016 15:03 |  #7

Nathan wrote in post #18218893 (external link)
-Duck- wrote in post #18218857 (external link)
Although no one expects her to really know how to play the violin at that age so it's definitely seen as a prop.

Off-topic, but lots of parents introduce their kids to violin at age 2 or 3. My sister got a "late" start at age 5. This is why there's even a toddler sized violin to begin with... not just a prop. In photo #2, this little girl grips the body of the violin in the appropriate way for positioning the violin before playing it. She also shows that she knows how to generally grip the bow, based on how she's placed her fingers on it. I believe this girl does know how to play... and based on the 3rd photo, she loves her violin. Again... my vote for #3.


Nathan is correct. This is my daughter and I got her a violin a few months ago on her 3rd birthday, just like how I got my first violin on my 3rd birthday as well. This is a fully functioning and playable violin, and I'm actually paying extra for it because I wanted a nice one for her that has a good tone and isn't squeaky.

It's actually taken several lessons to get her to this point. Violin is one of the hardest instruments to learn and playing a musical instrument is one of the few activities that engages all parts of the brain. Yes she looks unhappy there but the frown is really in concentration, as she is at that moment mustering all the concentration she can to execute 6 things correctly at the same time (she came close). Hmm.. I think I have a photo of myself playing too.. I'll see if I can find it :D


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Dec 20, 2016 15:15 |  #8

Here's me at a wedding during the ceremony
The pressure to perform is intense, you can tell by my face lol. It must be genetic ;-)a


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Dec 20, 2016 16:42 |  #9

I like #2 the most. She looks like she knows what she's doing with the violin. To me, it looks like she's waiting for a cue from the conductor.


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Dec 20, 2016 16:46 |  #10

I would go with #3, as it shows a ton of personality, relation to the instrument and doesn't cut off or block parts of her. First one looks a bit forced, feels a little too "tight" and crops off her elbow, awkwardly; second one looks very sad and her eyes are too covered by her hair.


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Dec 20, 2016 16:50 |  #11

2 and 3, on canvas. 1 is nice, but looked like a forced smile, to me.


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Dec 20, 2016 18:10 |  #12

I prefere no.3 - i like the expression on the kid's face as it appers natural and feels happy.


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Dec 20, 2016 23:25 |  #13

I'll put in a vote for #3.


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Dec 20, 2016 23:29 |  #14

2 & 3


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Dec 21, 2016 07:29 |  #15

I'd say 2 or 3 but if it were me I'd go w/ #3


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