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Which one to print?

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Dec 21, 2016 08:37 |  #16

Not being negative here, being constructively critical (I think). :)

1 - No, the smile looks kind of strained as in "Is this how you want me to smile?". To *me* in imparts "uneasiness".

2 - A nice shot and she does look like she knows what she's doing (from myself mentally recalling images of other people holding and playing violins). :) To me, though, her gaze leads my eyes away from the image and off the whatever it is that she's looking at (which I can't see). I think she's probably looking at someone directing her, but I'm no violinist (or musician of any instrument) so without knowing about and the time to think about her prior study and current concentration it leaves me with a sense of "disconnect"...does that make sense? Possibly her eyes downcast in concentration (as shown in the photo of yourself) would work better? I would have liked to see a touch less room on the left and more room on the right beyond the scroll...(I googled the name for that part<g>;).

3 - A happy child holding a prop. Probably the best shot that will "appeal to the masses".

Now, it depends on your clientele. If they are in your circle of friends who are aware of your daughter's study of the violin then either of the latter two would work well...I'd give the #3 a bit of an advantage, though. With either of those two a very short lead-in by you about your daughter studying the violin could transition ignorant clients (like me :) ) into understanding and appreciating the image.

Since you're wanting to promote canvas I would think the wood grain of the violin would be at home on canvas...thinking back to old canvas paintings of musicians I seem to recall the wood is prominent in those images so keeping the violin in the image "connects" with the idea of canvas.

Your daughter is precious, a real beauty. She is in between the age of my middle and youngest granddaughters. The kids these days are sponges that absorb everything around them and catch on to things in a dramatic way. With the concentration I see in her face I think you are igniting a passion that will live with her throughout her life. Well done!


ETA: I apologize for anything that might seem negative about your daughter. I'm only trying to be constructive in the above and give you my honest thoughts. Best wishes. (external link)

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Dec 22, 2016 00:46 |  #17

From the perspective of a print to put on the wall to show clients (as I think OP stated), I would vote for number 1. It's the closest to a standard cutesy kiddy portrait, which is probably what your clients want.

That being said, it would be worthwhile also printing and showing number 3, because it shows a different result from the same shoot - bringing out some real personality in the subject. Versatility and creativity are both good traits to show in your portfolio.

Cheers, Damien

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Dec 22, 2016 10:04 |  #18

#3 is adorable BTW. Cute!

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Dec 22, 2016 10:06 |  #19

Thanks for all the feedback, I really appreciate it. I have decided to do a reshoot if she cooperates and rearrange furniture first so that I'm not cramped by it, it's a small room with several pieces in it. I am going to print #2 or a new #2 on canvas if it happens because I'm going more for an artistic point of view, and I think that one lends itself as artwork more than the others. Probably will also order it as an oil painting since that's something I'd like to offer. However I'd also like to use the other images so I'll do paper prints of those and frame them as matted collage, I think think that would work well.

I'll keep this post updated for those that are interested.


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Dec 22, 2016 10:45 |  #20

atsilverstein wrote in post #18218939 (external link)
[..] 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 [..]

True. I've taken photos of a violinist at a couple of events and I was initially surprised by her facial expressions during performance. Wasn't easy to obtain an image in which she wasn't with her eyes closed, or with a contorted expression.

Regarding which photo to print out, well, you really have two kinds of product here: formal portraiture (#'s 1 & 3) and environmental portraiture (#2). Maybe you want to print one of each?

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